3 months ago by Denise Donley
Petitioner Jacob Vahle wants to build four houses
The Plan Commission did not concur with staff recommendation and approved a requested subdivision at 28th and Harrison.
Staff recommended denial of the proposed subdivision due to non-compliance of proposed lot sizes. However, the commission approved the subdivision since there are exceptions to other nearby lot sizes.
Jacob Vahle, petitioner, plans to build four homes on a five lot subdivision.
“I purchased the property a few months ago. Along with the purchase agreement came with several documents. The previous owner attempted to put in condo units. While reviewing the documents, the thing that stuck on everyone’s’ minds is that they wanted single family residences. There were concerns with the traffic and the setback variance.
Bevelheimer had suggested to the previous owner to build five single family homes rather than the previously proposed condos.
“I’m maintaining the family residences, the variance requirements and Chuck’s suggestions. I will maintain the 10,000 lot size and make a great big park setting in the back. My lots will be bigger than the lots on the east, I’m asking for a significant change for the zoning changes, but it conforms very well to the area. I’m not trying to do multi-family residences. My properties will increase the property value of homes in the area. I’ve spent several days speaking with neighbors- some were very much in favor.”
Vahle said 29 people have signed a petition in supporting his plan for the single family homes.
“The one-story homes will have two car garages, concrete walkways and front porches. The fronts will be rock-faced and the sides will be vinyl like most of your upper-class homes today. They will have three bedrooms and two baths with granite countertops throughout. The homes will not have basements, will be four identical looking homes, with just different colors.”
Carolyn McCay, neighbor that lives east of proposed subdivision, opposes the plan.
“I’ve never been contacted by Mr. Vahle with any of his plans. Neither I nor anyone else in the neighborhood is opposed to develop on the property. What we are opposed is the changing of the neighborhood. What he is putting on the lots is not what is already in the subdivision. We were not made aware of the two car garages. The two houses on Harrison Street will have a larger set back between each other than one proposed house and mine. By dividing this lot, the houses are not going to be comparable. Where are people going to park? There is no room for guest parking. Draining is another concern. If this is drained with only a 10 foot setback, the water from the house on the east side will drain directly into my basement.”
Jim Reeney, neighbor, disagrees with the amount of proposed houses on the lot.
“I don’t object to the development of this property. Add two houses on each street. I strongly object to putting four houses on the lot. That will create even more traffic issues. It’s already difficult to get out of my driveway. I don’t see the sense in adding more to the traffic problem. I don’t like the idea that if he (Vahle) can’t sell them that he’ll rent the houses. Also, the sewer system has been an issue in the City. Putting more houses where there ‘ought to be is going to be putting more of a burden on the sewer system. Vahle came to my house and said that he was going to build on this property no matter what, and no one can stop him. This is just the type of person that we’re dealing with.”
Vahle rebutted the opposition by reiterating that fact that he is giving them the single family residences they wanted.
“I believe I’ve put forth a good solid plan for this corner. It fits. The nicer homes are what I would love to build. They will be nice single family residences.”
Loren Wallace, whose back property hits the proposed subdivision, has no issues with the residences.
“Mr. Vahle has explained the situation to me many times, and I have no objections to what he’s doing.”
Bill Waters, neighbor, said he’d rather have this plan than something worse.
“We’ve had it nice with that lot being empty. The presented plans were a year ago was not what we wanted. I have no objections to putting homes there as long as they are single family zoning. Something is going to be put in there eventually, and his plan is good. I have no objections to it.”
Elizabeth Jackson, neighbor, prefers the proposed plans.
“Vahle’s proposal is what we prefer over the previous plan. I do agree with the single-family homes.”
The City Council will now vote on the proposed subdivision at next Monday’s meeting.
Also on the Plan Commission’s agenda was a proposed subdivision near Spring Lake estates. However, the petitioner tabled the proposal for 30 days.
Developer Adam Booth plans to place homes and condominiums on his Ridgeview subdivision which would be located to the west and south of Spring Lake.
An ordinance was drafted by the City Council a few weeks ago for a zoning change from RU1 (Rural) to R1A (Single Family Residential).
The proposed subdivision will be addressed at next month’s Plan Commission meeting.