Neighbors decry plans for 708-unit apartment complex off North Hickory Valley Road in Hamilton County

Staff Photo by David Floyd / Lynne Buxton, speaking, lives near the site of a proposed 708-unit multifamily apartment complex off North Hickory Valley Road. She asked members of the audience to stand if they were attending the Hamilton County Commission meeting on Wednesday to express opposition to the project.

Plans for a 708-unit apartment complex off North Hickory Valley Road received criticism from neighbors during a meeting of the Hamilton County Commission on Wednesday, although a representative for the project said it would fill a need for housing in that area.

"This project is way too large," resident Jerri Underwood told commissioners. "I'm just telling you there are way too many unanswered questions. We are a single-family community, and we are in a safe environment, and we don't want this huge invasion of apartments to compromise the safety and well-being of our currently safe community."

Developer R.M. Investments LLC is asking the county to rezone 53.9 acres at 8699 N. Hickory Valley Road from rural residential to multi-family residential.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the request during their meeting next Wednesday, which would include the condition that the project have a maximum allowable density of 13 units per acre.