City commissioners voted 5-2 Monday to approve five new houses on the 35-acre Tract E of Morgan Creek Preserve north of West Pipkin Road after earlier proposals for 56 and 49 homes were turned back. Neighbors around Hamilton Road spoke out against the project, saying they have concerns about adding septic tanks to the area, The Ledger reports in a subscribers-only story. | City planning report and zoning ordinance

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