Residents express concern about traffic and privacy with new developments

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Residents of the Waterford community of Leland have raised concerns about a new three-story apartment complex planned next to their community.

Leland town leaders met with residents of Waterford on Friday afternoon to discuss their concerns and answer any questions people may have.

One of the main concerns — traffic. Residents say they wait between ten and thirty minutes at the intersection of Olde Waterford Way and Poole Road and that adding even more residents to the area with a new apartment complex will not solve the problem .

“We have terrible traffic now. It takes me 10 minutes to get from my house to the 17th, so traffic is a really big problem,” Jeannie Johnson said.

The proposed complex is located in the town of Belville, which does not require a traffic impact analysis for new developments; however, Leland does. The developer had an analysis done anyway, but now the city of Leland is hoping to get a glimpse of that report so they can review it themselves.

Johnson has lived in Waterford for almost 10 years now and she fears the value of her property will go down.

“Actually, I’m considering selling. I just, you know, I’m scared that our property values ​​will go down and I can’t afford that to happen, so the houses are selling at great prices, so you have to ask yourself ‘is- Does it make sense to leave now before all this madness begins? »

Another concern is confidentiality. Drawings of the development show that there are only about 27 feet between the new apartments and the property line of Waterford ward residents.

The biggest problem is that the apartment complex is in Belville, where the city rules are different than Leland.

City leaders have acknowledged that the apartment complex is going to have an impact on Leland, particularly traffic, but unfortunately there is not much that can be done to change anything about the plans for the complex. of apartments.

A resident at the meeting questioned town leaders about sewage and said he would ensure sewage from the apartment did not enter their ponds in Waterford.

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