Despite controversy, Northport OKs townhome proposal

Northport Townhome Controversy

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson

Northport City Council on Monday with a 3-2 vote approved a conditional use request for a 51-townhome development despite heavy opposition from residents who live in the area.

The subdivision, being built by The Builders Group, will be called the Townes at Clearlake and will cost as much as $250,000. Residents in the Northwood Lake subdivision near the proposed site say the location and size of the new development is a major concern.

“When the properties were developed around this area some 60 years ago, the developers had sense enough to realize this was bad land,” said Mike Golson, long-time Northport resident. “It’s bad land now, it’s never going away, so the only thing I can say is good luck to the builder.”

Those who attended Monday’s meeting weren’t shy about voicing their opinions. Some said they fear for the people who will eventually buy these homes because they’re being constructed in a flood plain.

District 3 Council Member and Council President Pro Tem John Hinton and District 4 Council Member Jamie Dykes voted against the development’s approval. But Northport City Council President Jeff Hogg said he had no choice but to approve.

“I take this position very seriously, and I took my oath of office very seriously, and when I put my hand on the Bible and swore to preserve the provisions of the ordinances of the city of Northport I meant it,” said Hogg. “Following our city and zoning ordinances are what we all swore we would do on the Bible.”

Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon said the conditional use request does not mean the builders have the complete go-ahead. They’ll have to get a builder’s permit approved at a later date.

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