The Ashland City Council will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the council chambers, 1175 E. Main St., to discuss a neighborhood plan that has prompted concerns.
The meeting will continue a public hearing and will include first reading of ordinances amending the City of Ashland Comprehensive Plan, Comprehensive Plan Maps, Transportation System Plan and Street Standards to adopt the Normal Neighborhood Plan.
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 area could have as many as 500 houses, but 28 percent of the land would be set aside as conservation areas to protect streams and wetlands.
The land is under Jackson County jurisdiction but inside Ashland's urban growth boundary. Future annexations could gradually bring properties within city limits, officials said.