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Davidson Planning Board turns up nose at sewer extension

The Davidson Planning Board on Monday voted to not recommend a plan to extend sewer service to the proposed development of Narrow Passage in the eastern extraterritorial jurisdiction of the town.

Developer Karl Plattner originally said he would use septic systems in the 40 single-family-home neighborhood on 60 acres off Shearer Road. But on Monday he came to the town asking it to build an 8-inch diameter sewer line to extend the town’s utility network across Rocky River Road.

The town staff recommended the sewer extension, but Planning Board members balked at the idea.

“Rocky River Road has kind of been the line in the sand with no sewer going across it,” said board member Mike Minett. “The original development as envisioned didn’t cross that line, and now it does. I don’t think it should. I propose we find it is inconsistent with the adopted plans and not recommend it.”

About 20 property owners from nearby neighborhoods along Rocky River Road also came to the meeting to oppose extending the sewer line. The Planning Board agreed and voted to not recommend the extension to the town Board of Commissioners.

The commissioners will consider the request at their Sept. 13 meeting.

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