TROY — The city of Troy’s Law and Ordinance Committee on Tuesday OK’d changes to Stonebridge Meadows and added an amendment to the proposal.
Committee chairman John Schweser, Lynne Snee and Bobby Phillips recommended the proposed changes to the planned development go forward. Phillips then proposed an amendment that future changes to the planned development must be presented to council for the future phases of the subdivision. Schweser and Snee agreed with the proposed changes.
According to the clerk of council Sue Knight, if the Ordinance is amended at the Dec. 21 meeting, it cannot be voted on for approval at the same meeting as amended.
Livingston also noted if council did not act on the proposal by the next two council meetings, it would be rejected and the applicant would have to begin the process with planning commission again.
Last October, Stonebridge Development owner Judy Tomb applied for the proposed changes of phase four of the development, including razing an existing brick home and outbuildings on a 1.66-acre lot and the reconfiguration by increasing the development’s total lots from 134 to 138 lots.
“With the razing of that (property) they would like to redistribute the property lines that would leave 26 lots instead of 24,” said Tim Davis, planning and zoning manager.
Davis said the lots are adjacent to the R-3b residential zoning, which he estimated makes up 80-85 percent of the lot sizes in the development. Davis said planning and zoning staff and the planning commission approve of the proposed changes.
“We feel that the proposed alteration does not disturb the planned development,” Davis said.
Davis said some of the items that were discussed during the Dec. 7 public hearing were concerning the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCR), which were for Phase 3 only and do not affect Phase 4.
“However, there’s no guarantees the developer could change the CCRs to affect the rest of the phases so that’s something to consider,” Davis said.
At the Dec. 7 meeting, five residents in and around the development spoke against the proposed changes and to keep the Stonebridge Meadows development as it was first approved by council.
Council member Alan Clark asked about the status of the work that is to be completed in the development.
Davis said the Gazebo has been installed, the walking trail is ready to be paved, and benches have been purchased to be installed after the trail is complete. The proposed park shelter is in escrow and will be built when the weather is favorable, Davis said.
Resident Lester Conard said council passed the Stonebridge Meadows proposal through emergency legislation so citizens could not file for a referendum.
“Now you are under the gun for this developer,” Conard said. “I would like to see the original stay as the original and not change at all.”
Conard noted he didn’t know why the residents who spoke at the Dec. 7 public hearimg weren’t able to make it, possibly due to the time of the meeting, but he felt their opinions should be considered. Conard said developers always seem to want to change the approved plans and it’s always for the benefit of the developer.
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