The Ashland City Council will hold a special meeting next week to continue a public hearing and discuss the proposed Normal Neighborhood Plan, which would guide development of 94 acres on the outskirts of town.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.
Neighbors have raised concerns that development could worsen traffic, reduce wildlife habitat and further strain inadequate water, sewer and storm-drain systems. Many are especially opposed to proposed high-density housing on a portion of the land.
The land lies east of Ashland Middle School and is bordered by East Main Street to the north and the railroad tracks to the south. Clay Street marks its easternmost boundary.
Made up of multiple properties under different ownership, the land is under Jackson County jurisdiction but inside Ashland's urban growth boundary. Future annexations could gradually bring properties within city limits.
The area could have as many as 500 houses, while 28 percent of the land would be set aside as conservation areas to protect streams and wetlands.