"It comes back to property rights," Lovejoy said. "We have a piece of property zoned a certain way. I think it goes against the American way to tell another person what to do with their property."
"What we have is the NIMBY syndrome -- not in my backyard," he said with an increasingly hostile crowd behind him. "On the face of it, that's discrimination."
While action on the rezoning request will wait at least a month, city officials are studying Bell's subdivision application, which the Planning Commission will also consider. Bell will have to provide detailed sewage and storm-water plans, and city engineers will weigh traffic issues, Vriendt said.
Later, Snodgrass sounded satisfied with the commission's decision. "The good news is they didn't turn it down," she said.
People who bought homes in Woodbridge always figured the Cannady property would be developed in a similar manner, with single-family homes, Snodgrass said.
"It needs to fit. Nobody would object to single-family. It doesn't make sense to make 400 residents sit back and tolerate that."
In other business Wednesday, Planning Commission members approved:
* Preliminary site plans for six more developable lots on Yorkshire Drive, off Nottingham Road in Sherwood Forest.
* Major Development of Significant Impact plans for CAMC's proposed cancer center at the former Watt Powell ballpark site at 3415 MacCorkle Avenue.
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