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Urton Lane residents concerned about Ball Homes expansion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a quiet slice of rural farmland tucked into an area of Louisville where you'd least expect it --and neighbors in Middletown are fighting to keep it just the way it is.

It's far from election season in Middletown, but the neighbors on Urton Lane are clearly campaigning.

Joan Buonadonna and dozens more are fighting to block the permits on a new housing development. Ball Homes wants to build nearly 100 houses there as a second section to its Urton Woods subdivision. The neighbors' biggest concern is that the driveways on Urton Lane back up to several blind spots, causing several accidents.

Joan Buonadonna's son, John, was involved in one of them.

"I ended up across the street in the ditch," said John Buonadonna. "It was terrifying -- the most terrified I've ever been in my life."

The developer did listen to neighbors' worries during a town hall earlier this month.

"If we stopped all growth because of peoples' concerns about traffic, there would be no more growth," said Bill Bardenwerper, a Ball Homes attorney.

Ball Homes agreed to change street designs within the subdivision, move the entrance slightly from Buonadonna's home and address flooding concerns by channeling stormwater to a creek in the woods.

Jim Cornette says it's not enough

"My family has lived here over 60 years," Cornette said. "This was a little country road. It wasn't designed to handle this type of traffic...and everybody is petrified."

Urton Lane is unique in the fact that it's mostly rural, but inside the Gene Snyder Freeway.

Ultimately, Louisville planning and zoning leaders will settle this dispute, as permits are pending.

City crews showed up during our interview and demanded that signs criticizing the proposed expansion be moved further from the road. Residents say they hope this isn't foreshadowing of the city's decision.

"You can do whatever else you want -- don't come on my property," Cornette said.

"They can reasonably anticipate that not just this tract of land, but everything from here to Shelbyville Road is going to be developed in a very short time, because it's all just farmland," said Bardenwerper.

Perhaps that's the biggest divide because, to Joan Buonadonna, it's not just farmland. It's home.

"The greatest concern I have is the safety of this road and the people who travel on it," she said.

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