Dogwood Hills subdivision creates controversy

By Steve Phillips - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A plan to expand the subdivision around Dogwood Hills golf course brought a crowd of neighbors to the Harrison County Board of Supervisors' meeting Monday.

Some residents are concerned that a project to add 20 new homes would bring more traffic, possible problems with septic tanks and in general, reduce the quality of life they now enjoy.

Folks who live around Dogwood Hills describe their quiet neighborhood as a "piece of paradise." Some fear that adding 20 new homes would rudely interrupt that way of life.

"My main concern is quality of life. That's the only piece of land I own. That's the only house I own. That is where I'm going to raise my family. And I'll be darned if I'm going to sit here and let somebody come in because they want to do it. And I have to put up with something for the rest of my life," said resident Walt Warren.

Those representing the developer say the addition of $300,000 to $400,000 homes could hardly be considered a negative on the neighborhood.

"We're talking about 20 lots. Not talking about 100 lots that's going to affect the quality of peoples lives. We really don't agree with that argument that adding 20 lots to a subdivision is going to affect the quality of anybody's lives," said engineer Bobby Knesal.

Not all neighbors oppose the development. One home owner told supervisors he supports the plan. He says too often, developers are scared away by a small, but vocal group of opponents.

"Because what happens is we get in these situations where somebody is willing to spend their own money. You get a handful of people who come to these kind of meetings and they raise cain and all of a sudden it's over with, they pull out," said Wayne Lyons.

In the end, supervisors took neither side. They sent the zoning case back to the Planning Commission for additional review.