Residents fight plans to build 21 houses near Lake Louise


    Lake Louise Park on July 11, 2016. Residents in the area are fighting plans to add 21 houses near the park. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    WEAVERVILLE, N.C. -- Residents are fighting plans to add 21 houses near Lake Louise Park. Monday night the Weaverville Zoning Board of Adjustment voted to withdraw a special use permit to the developer.

    "I think it was kind of a small victory, it's a first step," said Bernie Koesters, a former Weaverville Council Member who helped originally develop the area.

    Members of the Lake Louise Preservation Association say the park is already overcrowded. They say cramming 21 homes into three acres bordering the lake will affect everything from safety to traffic and wildlife.

    "It's not only the lake. It's got a playground and gym for the kids," Tom Plaut with the Lake Louise Preservation Association said. "It's got picnics and birthday parties all the time. And so there's a real concern about public safety."

    The Board of Adjustment approved the permit in May; however, there was never a sign put up at the property notifying the public about a public hearing. Board Chair Al Root said they will like have a public hearing on the plan, again, next month. The developer was not at the meeting Monday.

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