Waterford residents organize petition against rezoning

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — At Thursday night’s Leland Town Council Meeting, several residents spoke out against the proposed rezoning of land near the Waterford community, which is currently zoned for commercial use.

Council was considering a text amendment that would allow developers to apply for a multi-family housing zone permit. Developers are proposing to build a 240-unit apartment complex in the Waterford area.

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Waterford homeowners say when they moved to the area, they were promised the land would only be for commercial use. In retaliation, residents have organized a petition against rezoning. Peter Durso, who lives in Waterford, spoke to council about the petition and says more than 170 homeowners have already signed it. He says increased traffic, noise and safety are only a few reasons why residents are against it.

Because of the public’s confusion about the amendment, council tabled the item and continued the public hearing to their next meeting in December.