Madison City Council approves controversial housing development, bringing nearly 400 new townhomes to the city

Five city council members voted in favor of the development, one voted against it and one abstained.

Posted: Jun 10, 2019 8:25 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2019 11:26 PM

The Madison City Council approved a controversial housing development Monday evening that would bring 399 new townhomes to the city.

Approximately 50 new townhomes would be built a year, over a span of eight to ten years. Five city council members voted in favor of the development, one voted against it and one abstained.

"The agreement from the city's viewpoint is it brings a lot of value to our community. They're making road improvements, they're making greenway and trail improvements, they're making connectivity within our city capable," Madison City Council President Steve Smith said.

The homes are planned to go on 105 acres, just west of Kyser Boulevard in Madison. 

People in this area say they're worried the townhomes will bring a lot of children into Madison City Schools. The district has told WAAY 31 they are dealing with overcrowding problems, which is why they have pushed for a property tax increase to build new schools.

Robert Kendall was the vocal leader of roughly a dozen people at the city council meeting on Monday who did not want this development. 

"I'm still very concerned about the schools. I know that our school population is at a strain," Kendall said.

Voters will be going to the polls in September to decide to approve a proposed property tax increase. 

"If that doesn't pass, we're really hurting, so all of this is even going to amplify in magnitude our issues," Kendall said.

The developer, Breland Companies, says this development won't impact the district, predicting that 95 percent of the people who buy the townhomes will be elderly people or millennials without kids.

The city council changed the development agreement Monday night before voting. Originally, the city would have paid the developer $190,000 to build part of a road. Now, Breland Companies will cover that cost.

Breland Companies expects people to move in sometime in 2021.

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