GREEN – A favorable recommendation for council approval has been given for a 16-lot subdivision of the controversy-laden Kings Ridge residential development.
Approval came after the developer offered the caveat that the east side of the development be cleaned up this summer.
The Planning and Zoning Commission, with members Bob Garritano absent and John Beese recusing himself as an adjacent property owner, voted 4-0 to give council a favorable recommendation for the final plat of Phase IV of Kings Ridge during this week’s PZC meeting March 20.
The slumping economy and the Planning Department’s repeated objections to a double cul-de-sac planned on Broadley Circle had delayed developer Bob DeHoff and his Green Land Trust from proceeding with the development until now, said spokesman John Walsh.
He explained that with the economy starting to come back the developer has amended the plan from 27 to 16 lots and moved the site from fronting on Cottage Grove Road to fronting on East Caston Road in the southeast corner of the 162-acre allotment.
Developer DeHoff said he has a builder, later identified as Todd Scott of Charis (cq) Homes, who is interested in acquiring the lots in the revised Phase IV, including two cul-de-sacs planned on Broadley Circle and the connection of Lancelot Lane between the allotment and the Camelot Hills development to the east.
Walsh said the cost of moving an underground Dominion East Ohio Gas transmission line if the double cul-de-sac had to be shifted would be too costly.
Under questioning by Planning Director Wayne Wiethe, Walsh revealed that the cost is estimated at $150,000.
DeHoff disclosed he has an agreement with Howard Wenger of Wenger Excavating to clean up the mounds of dirt and debris from the site of the former soil processing operation that ended in 2010 just north of the Lancelot Lane connection.
DeHoff said the remaining material would be moved away by July 1.
Scott said that five of the 16 proposed lots already are spoken for. He said he has built 25 homes in that area in the last three-plus years.
In another matter, the commission voted to send an unfavorable recommendation to council concerning an amended general development plan involving three parcels at 4992 South Arlington Road in what was once known as Pine Lake Park.
Brett Sarver said he, his brother and sister bought 36.2 acres of the 63.1-acre site at auction in June 2011. The plan was for each to build a home there so the whole family would be living on one site.
Sarver said he was told at the auction that the easement was permanent, linking his Parcel 3 with the 27 acres of Parcels 1 and 2 purchased then by Cynthia and Thomas Joseph.
Through attorney Andrea Norris, the Josephs said they were told only one house could be built on each parcel. They don’t feel the city can now burden them by having three homes on one Sarver parcel, creating additional traffic through the Joseph property.
Thomas Joseph said he would prefer that the Sarvers build their own driveway off South Arlington and not use his driveway.
He added that under no circumstances should he be forced to allow the Sarvers and construction equipment to traverse his property.
Brett Sarver, who acknowledged there are joint agreements for maintaining the road and the lake, said the families have been working on the driveway sticking point for two years without reaching a resolution.
He added that he was told during the auction that the easement affected all three parcels, and that more than one home could be built on the Sarver parcel. The Josephs said they were told differently.
Commissioners considered tabling the Sarver request to permit the two sides to try again to reach an agreement.
Minutes later, PZC members John Beese, Robert Chordar and Dwight Yoder voted against a favorable recommendation, thus sending an unfavorable recommendation to council based on the current status of the dispute.
The commission also approved a preliminary plan for a seven-lot, 5.49-acre Creekside (cq) subdivision on the north side of Heckman Road, west of Park Ridge Drive.
The subdivision would be served by individual water wells due to the distance to the nearest public water service lines. Sanitary sewer would be extended along Heckman Road from Park Ridge Estates, according to city planners.