Archive for Thursday, September 30, 2004

Lambie-Geer submits new Arbor Ridge plan

September 30, 2004

Lambie-Geer's latest proposal to develop 90 acres southeast of Kill Creek Road and 83rd Street is now officially on the table.

The developer's engineers Monday delivered the newest Arbor Ridge subdivision plan to the city planning office. The plan includes 15 homes on larger lots as a buffer to properties to the east and 213 homes on smaller lots.

The most significant difference from earlier Lambie-Geer development plans for the property is the absence of multi-family housing.

The 15 larger-lot homes would be on lots consistent with the city's R-1 zoning, and the 213 smaller lots would adhere to R-1A. However, the development would be considered for planned-development zoning, which ties the preliminary plat to a rezoning request. The city's comprehensive plan calls for planned development zoning in the area.

The newest plan leaves the ravine in the northwest corner of the property undeveloped. It was questionable that the steep embankment and floodplain would satisfy the city's requirement that 30 percent be donated for greenspace, Brungardt said. The De Soto Parks and Recreation Commission would make that determination, he said.

The issue of green space was the lone issue developer Jim Lambie and Toni Caldwell failed to come to agreement on during informal talks at which Caldwell represented eastside neighbors whose vocal opposition helped defeat earlier Lambie-Geer rezoning requests. Caldwell said she still had concerns about the amount of play space for children in the proposed subdivision, but that it was up to the Park Board and City Council to address the issue.

The neighbors have agreed not to oppose the newest plan, which Caldwell said Lambie shared with her Monday.

"I'd still like to see a couple of lots donated for parks," Caldwell said. "Other than that, I think the layout's great. I think it will be really great for the city in terms of getting our utilities pushed through and more rooftops to help in paying for those improvements."

The plan had one noticeable difference from one prepared earlier this month for city comment, which was itself developed from the talks with Caldwell. That first plan didn't show a road stub for future access out of the subdivision. One is now included to the south at the insistence of the city, Brungardt said.

That didn't appear to be a problem, Caldwell said, because the owner of that neighboring property has indicated a willingness to sell the acreage to the developer.

The neighbors' decision not to oppose the plan doesn't assure it will win the approval of the Planning Commission or City Council. Both those entities could, and likely will, insist on changes or conditions before the project can move ahead.

That process will start at the Planning Commission's Oct. 26 meeting.

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