The City Council on Tuesday night approved a townhouse project at the foot of Stringer's Ridge.
However, project engineer Jerry Blackwood said it is not feasible with the requirement that was set on curb cuts.
Chairman Chip Henderson put through an amendment that there be one curb cut for each five townhouse units onto the narrow Riverside Drive.
Mr. Blackwood had asked that he be allowed to work with city officials on the curb cut issue.
Blythe Bailey, city transportation administrator, said that was the ratio used for another townhouse project in that area.
The development by Morgan Lane calls for 19 townhouse units on 1.62 acres. Mr. Blackwood that is down from the earlier 21 units.
He said the property near the Rock Tenn plant is "pretty isolated."
Mr. Blackwood noted there is an active rail line by the property. He said the train "only runs about once a day and there has been some indication that it will be deactivated."
The staff of the Regional Planning Agency had recommended denial, saying, "There is no adopted land use plan for this site to provide a guidance on the proposed rezoning request. The heavy industrial uses and the active rail line adjacent to the site has the potential to introduce nuisance issues for potential residents of the proposed development. Riverside Avenue is a narrow street that may not be able to accommodate high intensity residential uses with multiple curb cuts. Non-residential zones such as M-2, M-1 or O-1 may be a more compatible zoning designation at this location. Based on the current R-1 Residential Zone and the development standards of the R-1 Residential Zone, the property has the potential to construct 9 single-family detached residential dwellings with a density of 5.5 dwelling units per acre."