Neighbor speaks out about proposed Salem housing development


SALEM, Va (WFXR News) – A neighbor is speaking out about a proposed housing development in Salem.

The proposal has a lot of people talking, in fact, so many people want to weigh in the planning commission has moved Wednesday’s public hearing about this topic to the Salem Civic Center.

R. Fralin Companies is requesting to have the property that used to be a horse farm along Diamond Road and Upland Dr. rezoned from agriculture to residential to build dozens of new homes.

The main concerns current residents have are the traffic the new residents will bring and the additional water runoff it would cause.

Wesley Trent says his neighborhood already floods when they get rain, so he’s worried the new homes will add to that.

Initial plans called for 150 homes with attached townhomes and a community pool. After meeting with them, the developer has made changes. Plans now call for 139 homes and the townhomes and pool are gone.

Trent says he was in the Air Force and moved around most of his life. So he was looking forward to settling down in a quiet neighborhood.

“The deer that run through here, the horses are gone, the wild turkeys, they’ll be gone. And this is what we’ll have, traffic, traffic, traffic, traffic.”

Wesley says the new homes will bring too many vehicles down these narrow roads. So he plans on going to the meeting and voicing his concerns.

“We want the city of Salem to listen to the community. We want them to take care of what we already have out here and then try to do some type of development,” said Trent.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the community room at the Salem Civic Center.

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