JEFFERSON, La. (AP) — A proposal to build 16 homes on a 2.5-acre tract in Old Jefferson may be derailed by strong opposition from local residents who fear the high-density development would change the character of their neighborhood.

Parish Councilman Paul Johnston, who represents the area, told about 150 residents at a town-hall meeting Dec. 4 that he will oppose the project.

The Parish Council, which would have to sign off on the plan, typically defers to the wishes of the district member who represents the area where a project would be built.