Fight to Save Stephens Valley Continues


FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Concerned residents rallied together today against a major development plan in Stephens Valley.

You don't have to go far to find country music in downtown Nashville. You don't have to go much further to find actual wide open country in Williamson County.

Christian Currey says, "That is why people move out over here.There's been a lot of development on this road, but it's compatible with this neighborhood and I would like to see something that mirrors the rest of the properties."

Mirroring Music City is what concerns residents like Currey and others when it comes to traffic, infrastructure and preserving historic sites like Natchez Trace Parkway's viewshed and 4.2 miles of original land.

Barbara Sturgeon, Williamson County District 8 commissioner says, "Natchez Trace may never be the same."

"A treasure trove of history it's vanishing, "says Laura Turner with Save Stephens Valley and Citizens for Old Natchez Trace.

Rochford Realty and Construction Co. is developing Stephens Valley. Davidson County approval a year ago, depended on Williamson County approving nearly 900 residential lots along Natchez Trace Parkway.

Developers say, over 20 years the project will include more than 1,100 homes, townhomes, offices and retail lots on 850 acres in Davidson and Williamson County.

CLICK HERE for developer statements and other county administrators weighing in earlier this year in a FOX 17 story.

Laura Turner says, "There have been modest to million dollar homes laid gently on this land. People value history. The intesity of the density that the Stephens Valley and Rochford development will have is devastating."

Turner says the rally is to educate the public to take concerns to county administrators.

Turner says, "Far too often people feel there's nothing they can do. It's not a done deal. We've already been able to push back some of the density."

Currey says, "It's like a little oil and water and infrastructure can't take it."

Currey's family owns River Circle Farm which is off of Sneed Road.

Currey says, "Taxpayers and the community have to deal with the repercussions. The citizens can't voice their concerns other than this kind of venue."

Barbara Sturgeon adds, "Every system is flawed. Right now we have a gentle countryside. Once it's developed, we will never have that countryside every again."

The group plans to attend the Williamson County Highway Commission meeting on June 1st. For more information on Save Stephen's Valley and Petition, CLICK HERE.

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