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STOP Public Road Connection Through Lakestone Subdivision

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RE: Proposed public road connection from Lakestone Parkway to South Cherokee Lane.

As homeowners in Lakestone Subdivision, we believe that this proposal to use our quiet residential "neighborhood" street as a connector between South Cherokee Lane and Highway 92 will directly and negatively impact our neighborhood in a number of ways including the safety of our children, our financial investment in this community and our quiet peaceful enjoyment of our homes.

If passed this road would no doubt bring a tremendous increase in traffic from cars "cutting through" our neighborhood rather than traveling one of two already existing roads that connect Highway 92 to Jamerson Road.

The safety of our community is of great concern. We are an active community including numerous small children, bikers, joggers, dog walkers etc., who would now be at greater risk of pedestrian accidents from speeding cars. We would like to preserve our atmosphere of a quiet, peaceful neighborhood where children can play tag, ride bikes and scooters, without fear of being hit by a speeding car using our neighborhood as a short cut.

The soundness of our financial investment in this community is equally important. This connector, if approved, would detrimentally impact the value of the homes in our neighborhood. Numerous studies have shown that traffic heavy streets adversely impact home values. Lakestone Parkway comprises a large portion of our neighborhood. Turning it into a public access road would be a very big turn off for future potential home buyers. A decrease in the desirability of those homes would no doubt result in declining home values throughout our entire neighborhood. We as home buyers, purchased homes in a quiet "private" neighborhood not on a busy public thru street. We would like to retain that character in our community.

Additionally we feel the creation of this through way would reduce the overall quiet enjoyment of our neighborhood and diminish our community as a whole. An increase in traffic would also lead to a rise in the occurrence of crime such as vandalism and theft in our community. Furthermore, this auxiliary traffic would create additional noise, unwanted road wear and tear, and an increase in trash and littering.

Regardless of the intent, the reality of this proposal is that it will create unwanted accessibility and significantly increase the amount of traffic through our neighborhood. These are just some of our concerns with the proposed public road connection from Lakestone Parkway to South Cherokee Lane. As such, we strongly OPPOSE the approval of this through street in our neighborhood.

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