Plan­ning com­mis­sion splits lots

The Weekly Vista - - News - KEITH BRYANT kbryant@nwadg.com

The plan­ning com­mis­sion ap­proved two lot splits and moved its work ses­sion in 10 min­utes dur­ing the Mon­day, May 14, reg­u­lar meet­ing.

The first split on the agenda was to con­vert one lot into four at 13816 Rolling Hills Road, a 3.8-acre par­cel in the city’s plan­ning area.

As­so­ciate plan­ner Sarah Bing­ham said that por­tions of the ex­ist­ing lot are in the flood­plain. The north­ern­most lot cre­ated in this split is ex­pected to have a house placed on it.

The ap­pli­cant, Jim Collins, said that he was do­ing this lot split to en­sure his home was not built on a lot that’s partly in the flood­plain.

“The rea­son for this is to get out of the flood­plain,” he said.

Chair­man Ellis said this was cer­tainly an op­tion to ob­vi­ate the need for flood in­sur­ance.

“This is an easy way to do it,” he said.

The com­mis­sion voted unan­i­mously in favor of this split be­fore mov­ing on to the next item: split­ting the 5-acre lot at 15809 Looney Road, which is out­side of city lim­its but in­side the plan­ning area, into two parcels.

Bing­ham said that the ap­pli­cant had al­ready met all ease­ment and ded­i­cated right-of-way re­quire­ments.

The ap­pli­cant, Larry Force, said that he wanted to keep the ex­ist­ing house on the smaller .68-acre par­cel pro­posed in the split and ei­ther rent or sell it and build a home on the larger re­main­ing por­tion of the lot.

“I’m just plan­ning on build­ing a house on the larger 4 acres,” he said.

The com­mis­sion ap­proved this split unan­i­mously.

Ellis sug­gested dur­ing open dis­cus­sion that the com­mis­sion move its May 31 work ses­sion to May 24, which will al­low com­mis­sion­ers to meet and look at two up­com­ing large-scale de­vel­op­ments be­fore ev­ery­one heads out on va­ca­tion for Memorial Day. The com­mis­sion agreed and voted in favor of mov­ing the work ses­sion prior to its ad­journ­ment at 6:40 p.m.

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