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Neighbors oppose 100 new homes in Portland

Some neighbors are opposed to 100 new homes that could be coming to the Stroudwater section of Portland. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – Some neighbors are opposed to 100 new homes that could be coming to the Stroudwater section of Portland.

Councilors initially approved a zoning change at the old Camelot Farm property off Westbrook Street.

Those who want this to go to a vote need signatures from 25 percent of those within 500 feet of development. In order to stop a vote, developers would need to come back with signatures from

51 percent of those within1,000 feet of development.

On Monday, city councilors gave initial proposal to a zoning change for the Stroudwater area.

It would allow about 100 new homes to be built on the former Camelot Farms property.

The property went on the market two years ago.

Michael Barton is working to redevelop the land, and says it will bring affordable housing to the city of Portland.

Mikhu Paul lives in the Stroudwater neighborhood, and says some neighbors have already put their home on the market because of the proposed changes in the past.

"People's options are to basically leave the city for single family residences, places to raise their families, places to have access to natural resources,” Barton said. “They just aren't readily available due to lack of inventory in the city."

If the opposition is able to get the signatures and put the Camelot Farms project on the ballot, it would at the very least delay until the city elections in June 2018.

The deadline is August 7.

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