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June 4, 2014

Providence development again entertained by Heath P&Z

HEATH — The Heath Planning and Zoning Commission reopened the public hearing for the proposed Providence development on the 60-acre tract of land situated on the south side of FM 549 during a regular meeting Tuesday night (June 3).

Chris Cuny, of the FC Cuny Corporation, presented the commission with several changes made to the development, including dropping the number of lots from 44 to 40 in order to bring the density closer to the goals outlined within the city’s comprehensive plan.

“The overall density is much closer to one and a half acres per lot,” Cuny said. “We’ve provided a nice corridor along 549 from a landscape standpoint that will tie into the open space easement along Buffalo Creek.

“On the lot near the Thompson’s property, we put in a view corridor where no buildings will be permitted so that the Thompson’s views out of their windows would be somewhat protected.”

Developer Joey Howell said that because the of the value of the acreage, coming up with a development that would fit has been a challenge similar to the one developers faced with a proposed 40-lot development on the 43 acres situated at the intersection of Terry Lane and Smirl Drive.

“We’re trying to make 40 lots work on 60 acres versus 40 on 43,” Howell said. “It’s been extremely tight and difficult to make it work given the cost of land. We feel like we’ve come up with a great compromise. It’s better than just straight SF-43 or one-acre zoning because we actually average – based on the 60 acres – one and a half acres per lot. Really the only ones that aren’t one acre are in the middle and don’t impact the neighbors.”

As with the previous public hearings regarding the development, many residents with property on or near the proposed development continued to express their oppositions, including that the less than one-acre lots in the middle would have an impact on the views of surrounding property owners, who would see a bunch of rooftops from their property.

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