The council and Mayor David Belle Isle approved the plans 6-1, with Councilman Michael Cross voting in opposition, after tacking on a condition for the developers to revert back to earlier plans to construct the inner road of the new subdivision closer to Spring Place subdivision, instead of later plans to move the road farther away and have a house adjacent to Spring Place.
“[The residents of] Spring Place would prefer the road and buffer adjacent to them instead of the homes,” said Wendy Butler, an attorney representing residents from the nearby Spring Place and Crabapple Chase subdivisions.
The residents of the two subdivisions had met with developers from D&B Development in late February and mid March to negotiate and address concerns about buffers, drainage, traffic and safety.
David Hole of D&B Development said after some adjustments, he thought they had come up with a plan and conditions that would satisfy most everyone. Bill Hole of D&B Development said it appeared the issue remained with only one resident, Rick McGillivray, who was dissatisfied with plans for a house adjacent to his home instead of the road.
However, Butler said the residents of Spring Place were under the impression the developers would bring any revisions to the plans back to them for review before submitting the plans to the city and they did not.
Councilman D.C. Aiken said he did not appreciate the last-minute issue being brought up but agreed with councilmembers Mike Kennedy and Chris Owens that adding the new condition to the plan was the best compromise.
“These decisions are never easy, because there’s never an answer that satisfies 100 percent of the people,” Owens said. “You have to compromise on both parts.”
The property on Rucker Road between Spring Place Lane and Crabapple Chase Drive is projected to have 20 homes with lot sizes at a minimum of 15,000 square feet.