Drainage/run-off will negatively impact our homes and our families. The proposed design does not adequately manage the increased volume of storm water that this new development will generate. Many of the homes in our subdivision already battle drainage, flooding and erosion issues often and have suffered great financial and emotional loss because of these issues. A new development can not add any additional drainage/run-off to any adjacent properties.
The current proposal for 181 new homes will significantly increase traffic. This increase will immediately impact our neighborhood, the residents of Wayne’s Lane, the residents of Cox Pike (and others) in negative and harmful ways. The following is a partial list of these ways: diminished property value, adverse health effects due to air quality due to increased automobile exhaust; sound/noise pollution leading to effects such as insomnia; pedestrian safety concerns; etc. The proposed 181 homes x average 2 cars per home = 362 + visitors to these homes + maintenance trucks, etc. = close to or more than 400 new cars would suddenly be on Cox Pike, in our Cox Run subdivision, and on Wayne’s Lane based on the proposed design. Approximately 400 new cars poses a serious risk for our neighborhood and other residents around this development. And the next question is... will this increased traffic (and possibly more if the city plans on putting in other developments down Cox Pike) eventually lead to a widening of Cox Pike? Therefore, we are wondering if the city gotten expert advice on the effects of this increased traffic? If so, we would be so grateful to see the impact report based on that research.
In addition to the erosion and flooding concerns due to increased drainage, we are also very concerned about pollutants and other contaminants going into our groundwater (streams and other waterways) because of this development.
Privacy/safety concerns. Another concern is the concern for privacy and safety in our neighborhood. Based on the current design, the new houses will be extremely close to the barriers and one another. Residents of this new subdivision will be able to look into the homes of our neighborhood. In addition, because the current design proposes a “back entrance” into the Bowie Nature Park, we are concerned about the lack of monitoring and, therefore, who might be entering the park at that entrance at any time of the day or night and what types of activities (illegal or otherwise) that entrance would provide for them.
Low density to medium density amplifies all concerns, but leaving it the neighborhood at low density could help some with the traffic concern.