Thursday, June 4, 2009
"Dogwood" Subdivision Rezoning Debated
The Dogwood Subdivision (Valley at Middle St.) owners' request for rezoning from R-2 to a PUD (unanimously reccommended for disapproval by the Planning and Zoning commission and City Staff) was debated at length at the last Commission meeting. Christopher Baker, speaking on behalf of the developer, said the change (higher structures and shorter "setbacks") was necessary in order to preserve trees on the lots by "moving building footprints around." City Planner Johnathan Smith countered that the PUD "did not meet the city's guidelines for a village" and the adjustments mentioned by Baker could be handled by the Board of Adjustments on an individual basis anyway. One nearby resident spoke against the project saying she was offended by comments that the project could "only improve her neighborhood"; and also claimed that stormwater-- as well as some sort of sewage overflow-- was currently coming down on her property from the Subdivision's drainage. Another neighborhood resident, who said he had previosly been opposed, spoke and withdrew his opposition. The discussion was held over until the next Council meeting to allow City Staff time to look into the drainage/sewage complaint.