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Westminster Place rezoning request draws concern from neighbors in Milton
by Nicole Dow
May 01, 2013 11:19 AM | 1148 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Homeowners from The Manor Golf and Country Club in Milton worry a new housing development proposed in their neighborhood may not fit in with the look and feel of their existing homes.

About two dozen neighbors attended a community zoning information meeting at city hall last week, expressing a consensus that they would rather have the proposed 59 lots become part of The Manor’s homeowners association in order to control homebuilding standards.

The developer, Westminister Place, submitted a request to the city to rezone two adjacent land parcels south of Manor Bridge Drive from agricultural to a community unit plan for 59 single-family homes on one-acre lots.

“[The community unit plan zoning] is for properties that need flexibility,” said city planner Robyn MacDonald. “In this situation, the flexibility only accounts for the building setbacks.”

Neighbors were concerned the developer’s request for 10-feet minimum setbacks for side yards would make the houses too close to each other. Homes in The Manor have minimum side-yard setbacks of 25 feet.

Corbitt Woods, who submitted the rezoning request on behalf of Westminister Place, said the developer plans to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood with the new homes.

“It’s our intent to figure out a way to complement and be within The Manor,” he said. “At this time, what we’re doing is setting it up so if nothing ever works out with The Manor … [the development is] set up to be within the land use plan with one-acre lots that complement the area [and] complement the vision for Milton, which they do. We’re willing to commit to that.”

He said there is still time during the city’s rezoning process for the developer to make adjustments to the plan. MacDonald said the initial site plan may have to be altered because of a property title issue regarding the land by the golf course.

She also said the development’s proposed entrance may have to be relocated from Manor Bridge Drive to Hamby Road if the development does not become part of the The Manor, because Manor Bridge Drive is a private street maintained by the homeowners association.

What's next?:
The design review board will hear the rezoning request Tuesday. The planning commission will consider the request May 22 before it is brought before city council June 17.
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