ROCKLAND — Neighbors turned out Aug. 4 to voice concerns once more over a proposed Habitat for Humanity housing development on Talbot Avenue.

Representatives for the organization said the plans being developed will not add to the drainage problems for neighbors.

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity met Aug. 3 with the Rockland Planning Board for a review before a formal application is submitted. Tentatively, Habitat is expected to return with a formal application by the Oct. 5 meeting.

The Rockland City Council voted 4-1 at the June 14 meeting (Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf opposed) to approve a contract zone change to allow for the development to go before the Planning Board.

Habitat proposes building eight rental efficiency/one-bedroom residences that will each be 500 square feet; and three rental duplexes that will each have a one-bedroom (1,000 square-foot) and three-bedroom (1,200-square foot) residences.

The rental properties would be managed by the Knox County Homeless Coalition.

There would also be four single-family homes each ranging in size from 1,000 to 1,500-square feet that would be sold to qualified applicants. Habitat homeowners must meet income guidelines and contribute sweat equity to the construction of their homes.

The project will be located on a section of a 10.6-acre lot at 165 Talbot Ave.

Habitat Executive Director Tia Anderson said Aug. 3 the project will be done in phases. The eight small residences would be built first, followed by the duplexes, then the four single-family homes.

Jonathan Frost spoke at length about the environmental importance of the currently undeveloped lot for wildlife and retaining water.

“In their eagerness to build, four of five councilors have flouted the wisdom and respect of all previous generations,” Frost said.

He said a wetland buffer ordinance is needed and said MacLellan-Ruf was working on one, but that it would not be in time to affect Habitat’s project.

Eric Butler of Traverse Street said flooding on his property worsens after each storm, saying at one point, he had chest-high water in his basement. Butler said developing the wetland adjacent to the Traverse Street neighborhood would worsen the situation.

Brian Harden of Traverse Street said adding impervious surfaces on the Talbot Avenue lot will affect the 35 existing homes in the neighborhood.

Professional engineer Michael Sabatini, who represented Habitat at the meeting along with Anderson, said plans are still being developed, but the development will not add water to the downstream neighborhoods. He said if more than one acre of wetland is affected by the development, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will review the project for stormwater management.

If less than one acre is affected, the city will hire an engineer, at Habitat’s expense, to review the stormwater plan he will submit.

Sabatini said the project will meet DEP stormwater standards, which are more stringent than city regulations.