HEATH — Negotiations have resolved an ongoing dispute between the City of Heath and the developers of Ridge Hollow Estates, avoiding the possibility of litigation.

For more than three months the issue of subdivision regulations in the development has occupied discussion during executive sessions of the Heath City Council.

Ridge Hollow Estates is a small development of 12 home sites located off Stevens Road in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Heath.

The problem arose from discrepancies between the building requirements of the City of Heath and those used in the building of the development.

According to Heath Mayor John Ratcliffe, the dispute centers around the fact that the development was built out and completed without reporting to, or meeting the standards of, Heath’s development guidelines.

After months of behind-the-scenes negotiation, the two sides have come to an agreement to resolve the dispute.

“We’ve worked out a developer’s agreement with them,” Ratcliffe said. “We’ve set out some things that I think are going to work.

“The problem is that if you allow developments to come in below standards, that can create further problems down the road. Ridge Hollow Estates is currently located in our ETJ, but eventually it will be incorporated into Heath’s city limits.

“They have agreed to dedicate 30 feet of right-of-way on Stevens Road. They’ve also agreed to widen the street from 15 to 20 feet.

“Currently they only have four-inch water lines. They are going to install a parallel six-inch line, and install fire hydrants in the interior of the development.

“They are going to have to plat all the properties, and the plats are going to be sent through the city’s planning and zoning commission,” Ratcliffe said.

Ridge Hollow Estates is being developed by Heath residents Roger Frosini and Darrell Cox. They could not be reached for comment by press time.

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