City planners deny, defer heavily debated developments

Xavier Smith • Sep 26, 2017 at 8:42 PM

The Lebanon Planning Commission deferred action on plans for a subdivision on Blair Lane and denied plans for a development on Carver Lane on Tuesday as dozens of residents voiced concerns about the projects.

The commission deferred action on a rezoning request by Pulte Group for the Atwater development, slated for 89.5 acres of unaddressed property on Blair Lane, from rural residential to Atwater-specific plan. The specific plan gives the commission, and subsequently the Lebanon City Council, the ability to change plans for the development.

City planning staff highlighted 14 issues with the project that have yet to be formally changed on project plans. Several surrounding neighbors voiced their concern with the project, citing project quality and traffic issues as reasons for concern.

“Think about our future. It’s not about today. It’s about what’s going to be here 20-30 years from now,” Dorie Mitchell said. “Pulte is going to have a negative impact on the west side of town.”

Scottie Lee said his concerns surrounded traffic on Blair Lane.

“Traffic, for me personally, is already an issue on Blair Lane. As many of you know, it’s a cut through. There’s so much traffic on this road. By adding this development of close to 200 houses, it’s going to add more and more traffic on this road,” Lee said.

The commission deferred action on the project until next month. The commission denied the plans for a development on Carver Lane adjacent to the Farmington Woods subdivision.

The rezoning, plan-of-service and annexation requests were for potentially 266 single-family homes on land that would have been zoned medium density residential 9,000 adjacent to Farmington Woods, which is low density.

The proposed plans would have allowed minimum lot sizes of 9,000 square feet adjacent to the minimum 20,000-square-foot lots in Farmington Woods.

Several residents voiced concern about the density of the development, along with the closeness and impact on Farmington Woods. Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash also spoke out against the development.

“I want to see rooftops in Lebanon. Rooftops do bring business, but my overriding concern is quality of life, safety and the property values we already have,” said Ash, who ran his mayoral campaign on quality development in the city. “To add these homes on small lots next to Farmington Woods, along with 780 apartments that we’ve already approved, is a disservice to the people in Farmington Woods,” Ash said.

The proposed development on Carver Lane will head to the Lebanon City Council with a negative recommendation next month.

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