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Milton council hears appeal over cell tower site plan

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Milton City Council is weighing whether to rescind preliminary site plan approval for Verizon’s proposed 140-foot cell phone tower on Front Street.

A decision on the appeal of Allen Benson, resident of Milton, will be made at the council meeting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, at the Milton Library.

At a March 9 appeal hearing, Benson made two arguments as to why he believes the planning and zoning commission erred in granting preliminary site plan approval.

First, he said, the planning and zoning did not take into account the negative impacts on neighboring properties when granting approval. Second, the city code states that no new utilities can be built in a flood zone, which is this part of Front Street.

“The issue that has been raised repeatedly is about increased flooding on Front Street by building this cell tower on a 50ft by 50ft platform in a designated flood zone. The basis for this appeal is that planning and zoning, contrary to city code requirements, never really considered the impact on the adjacent neighborhood,” Benson said.

The proposed Verizon Tower has been controversial from the start, primarily due to its location, which would be in the city’s current public works yard at 210 Front St. Verizon said the tower’s location and height will give the Better Cell Phone Coverage for Verizon Customers in Milton. Opponents, however, say the tower would be an eyesore in a part of town that is frequently flooded and is being proposed as a potential gateway to the town in Milton’s overall development plan, particularly after demolition and construction. removal of the current sewage treatment plant once Artesian’s new plant is on the road. 30 is operational.

Because the land is zoned residential R-1, Verizon had to obtain a special use permit from planning and zoning. This permit was granted and the decision was appealed to the city council in August.

In its decision, the council said the overall plan imagines what could be on this site, but also calls for the improvement of infrastructure services, which the tower would provide, and which planners have put in a state stipulating that Tower plans must comply with all state and federal rules and regulations. Council members said at the time that floodplain issues would be addressed through the site plan review process.

Planners approved preliminary site plans in November but attached several conditions that must be met before final approval, including geotechnical analysis of the site in wet and dry conditions, permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers , a construction sequence, no pile-driving allowed, runoff and flood analysis, vibration monitoring, and a promise that Verizon will maintain plantings around the site.

Benson said planners had not considered the effect on streets surrounding the tower, such as Collins and Walnut streets, and whether they would be able to handle the increased traffic the tower would bring. He said planners and city officials had not given due consideration to an alternative to building a tower, such as installing an antenna on an existing water tower.

“This project cannot move forward,” Benson said.

Presenting on behalf of planning and zoning, city attorney Seth Thompson said the commission considered the health, safety and welfare of the community in making its decision. He said the series of conditions placed on the approval were intended to address the flooding issue and that Verizon indicated that the platform where the tower would be placed is above the floodplain. Thompson said the commission questioned Verizon representative John Tracey at length about the flooding issue around Front Street, demonstrating that those concerns were addressed before the commission granted preliminary site plan approval. Finally, he said Verizon still needs approval from state agencies before final approval of the site plan.

Tracey presented on behalf of Verizon and reiterated that the commission addressed concerns about flooding in its Preliminary Site Plan Approval Terms. He said the commission, by a vote of 6 to 1, found the layout of the site acceptable and asked council to uphold the commission’s approval of the preliminary site plan.

“The planning commission carefully weighed the testimony of those before it,” Tracey said. “The planning commission acted in accordance with the law in an orderly and logical manner.”

Recusals and public comments

For this appeal hearing, the council had just four members, after three – councilor Randi Meredith and councilors John Collier and Sam Garde – recused themselves. Prior to the hearing, Collier announced that he was recusing himself due to prior statements about the case made on a public record. Meredith and Garde recused themselves before the meeting. Although council members did not have to publicly state the reason for their recusal, Meredith said after the meeting that she was unable to attend due to a death in the family.

Benson and Barry Goodinson of 313 Mill St., asked Mayor Ted Kanakos to recuse himself due to a ground lease he signed with Verizon in 2019. Kanakos refused to do so; attorney Glenn Mandalas, representing the city council because Thompson, the city attorney, represented the planning and zoning commission, told Goodinson he could take his complaint to the City’s Public Integrity Commission. Delaware for consideration. Goodinson previously appealed the planning and zoning decision to grant Verizon a special permitted use for the tower.

Public comments were exclusively against the tower.

Agnes Steele, 209 Collins St., requested that the matter be referred to the planning commission for reconsideration.

Ginny Weeks, 119 Clifton St., said nowhere in city code is a 140-foot cell tower permitted.

The comment period became tense after Goodinson asked Kanakos to recuse himself; Goodinson said Kanakos misled people as to why the tower was placed on Front Street. Steele then returned to the microphone and said Kanakos was sarcastic and seemingly frustrated with people voicing their concerns. Kanakos said it was the first time in six years as mayor that he was personally attacked in a meeting.

Public comments were then closed and Benson, Thompson and Tracey were allowed to make closing statements, reiterating their points. The city council chose to postpone the vote on the case so that it could consider all the evidence. The Board has several options it can pursue toward its expected March 23 decision: It can reject Benson’s appeal and uphold the panel’s decision; he can overrule the commission’s decision or send the matter back to planning and zoning for further review. The Board has 60 days to issue a written decision on the appeal.

Council rejects Neighbors sitemap – Times News Online

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Published on March 17, 2022 at 2:07 p.m.

A power outage caused by high winds dampened but would not have extinguished the February 22 meeting of the Hellertown Borough Council, as its chairman Thomas Rieger, council members and attendees improvised – with Rieger broadcasting the session on Zoom with his laptop and a mobile wireless “hotspot” until the electricity was restored.

The most widespread topic of discussion was the resounding rejection of a revised proposal by Gabriel Solms of Lou Pektor’s Ashley Development Corporation in Bethlehem to transform the former Neighbors Home and Garden Center site at 42 Main St. between Walnut Street and Polk Valley Road into three -building apartment complex.

Since the plot is currently in a shopping center zoning district, the council would have to allow a waiver. When representatives for Ashley first presented their plans to council in November 2021, the site plan called for 142 apartments, which raised several concerns.

Despite changes to the plan that Solms and Associates presented to the board, members expressed many of the same reservations. Between “setting a precedent” for so-called “spot zoning,” as planning commissioner Liz Thompson said, and traffic and maintenance issues, most of the reception of the proposal was cold at best.

Some council members have expressed apprehension over what has been called an “explosion” of multi-family, mixed-use developments across the borough. Only Mayor David Heintzelman shared a positive view of the idea, saying there was worse than the 112-unit structure that could be built.

In the end, council decided to place the item on the agenda for the next meeting for the formal rejection of the zoning variance. Due to recent changes to Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act, any such proposed motion must be made public before any action can be taken.

In addition, Borough Director Cathy Hartranft announced an electronics recycling and document shredding event scheduled for April 30 at Dimmick Park. The two-hour event is free for residents of the Borough of Hellertown only.

A discussion also took place on the Borough’s difficulty in obtaining bids for a renovation project for the Community Pool concession kiosk. Borough engineer Bryan Smith recommended reposting it and said contractors had been “extremely hesitant” due to supply chain and personnel issues. The board voted unanimously in favor of Smith’s suggestion.

Along the same lines, Hartranft and Rieger reiterated the need for candidates for various seasonal positions at the pool: a water sports manager, a ticket/concessions manager and lifeguards. “If we don’t get any of those, the pool can’t open,” Rieger said.

Hartranft noted that the borough has increased its salaries for the upcoming season and is offering a 50% reimbursement for the cost of lifeguard certification training.

press photo by Chris Haring Hellertown Planning Commission member Liz Thompson raises concerns about the proposed development of the Neighbors Home and Garden site.

The Neighbors Home and Garden site on Main Street in the borough has been vacant since its closure in 2020.

The Neighbors Home and Garden site on Main Street in the borough has been vacant since its closure in 2020.

PRESS PHOTOS BY CHRIS HARING The Neighbors Home and Garden site on Main Street in the borough has been vacant since closing in 2020.

Owen Sound approves site plan for former gas station

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The site plan for the construction of a new shopping center on long-vacant land at Owen Sound’s “southern gateway” has been approved by council.

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On Monday, council voted 7 to 2 in favor of the site plan for the property at the southwest corner of 10and East Street and 9and Avenue East, which once housed a gas station, but has been vacant since 2005. The plans for the property at 889 10and St. E. includes an approximately 4,300 square foot mall containing three retail units, including a drive-thru restaurant.

Sarj Mehat, part of the owners’ team, 1948654 Ontario Inc., said Tuesday he doesn’t yet know when construction will begin, but hopes it will be this year.

“I am happy that it has been approved and I hope we can move on to the next stage of its construction now,” Mehat said.

He said he will have to consult with tenants and contractors before finalizing a timetable on when work will start.

“With COVID in the air, the world has changed and it’s not as easy as it used to be,” Mehat said. “The intentions are good, the property will be developed and it’s only a matter of time.”

Mehat said he could not yet disclose who the tenants of the property will be.

With the approval of the site plan, council directed staff to introduce a by-law to authorize the mayor and clerk to sign a site plan agreement, service agreement and any other items required to implement site plan approval.

The property has the Travelodge to the north on 10and Street East while Tim Hortons is east across 9and East Ave. The property adjoins residential homes to the west and south.

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In addition to the building, the property’s proposed site plan also includes 13 drive-thru waiting spaces, a 26-space parking lot, and two new right-hand and right-hand-only entrances from 10and East Street and 9and East Ave. The median out of 10and East Street must be extended to prevent illegal left turns into the property. There are plans for site maintenance, retaining walls and landscaping, according to a report in junior planner Jacklyn Iezzi’s Monday diary.

Because the property is in the area designated in the city’s official plan as the southern gateway to Owen Sound, the development requires “a high standard of urban design,” Iezzi’s report explains. The property is zoned Commercial Artery (C4).

Among the features incorporated into the site plan and landscape plan in support of this designation are the orientation of the building to the intersection “to create an attractive street edge”, with parking at the rear and to the side, wrought iron and masonry fencing consistent with the harbor and downtown areas and outdoor lighting along building facades, the report details.

A drawing of a proposed development for a vacant property at 889 10th St. E. On Monday, March 14, 2022, the Owen Sound City Council approved a site plan for the property which includes three commercial units, including a restaurant with drive-thru.
A drawing of a proposed development for a vacant property at 889 10th St. E. On Monday, March 14, 2022, the Owen Sound City Council approved a site plan for the property which includes three commercial units, including a restaurant with drive-thru. Photo provided

Landscaping is proposed and includes a mix of deciduous trees, coniferous and deciduous shrubs and perennials. It is also proposed to retain three existing trees along the west lot line.

Due to adjacent residential properties, an acoustic fence must be constructed along the west lot line, while the drive-thru is to be closed between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Retaining walls should be constructed along the south and west rear area of ​​the property.

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On Thursday, some councilors raised concerns about the proposed development, including the high-traffic location, the frequency of collisions at the intersection and vehicle idling in the drive-thru.

Com. Scott Greig said he had significant concerns about the type of development.

“I thought it would be a great place for something like four or five story multi-residential housing, as we all know, which this community desperately needs,” said Greig, who also raised concerns about shortages. of labor and “another drive-thru only reduces the viability of existing alternative businesses.

Com. Carol Merton raised concerns about ‘information gaps’ regarding collisions at the intersection and an emissions assessment ‘particularly with a drive-thru’.

Community Services Director Pam Coulter said at Monday’s council meeting that a transportation impact study had been submitted, reviewed by city technical staff, and the findings were deemed acceptable. A noise study was also carried out. In 2010, the city’s comprehensive zoning ordinance was updated to prohibit new drive-thrus in the then downtown area, but drive-thru is permitted in other commercial areas both in the city’s official plan and zoning regulations, Coulter explained.

Many other councilors have spoken out in favor of the development, including Coun. Richard Thomas, who said it’s good to see a development coming up for a brownfield property in a high visibility location.

“Lately around this table, the idea has crept more and more into discussions that we should be telling developers what to develop in Owen Sound,” Thomas said. “I don’t see that as the board’s role.”

Deputy Mayor Brian O’Leary expressed support for the proposal, which meets all development standards and is consistent with the official plan and zoning by-law.

O’Leary said that in the past developers had been unwilling to work in the city because of the “board getting in the way”.

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The Outer Banks Voice – Wawa submits site plan to City of KDH

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Wawa Submits Site Plan to KDH City

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on March 14, 2022

Wawa, Inc. has submitted a commercial site plan to the City of Kill Devil Hills requesting permission to build one of its popular gas stations and convenience stores at 1900 N. Croatan Highway, located on the west side of the highway just south of BB&T and across from the old Kmart.

Kill Devil Hills Deputy Director of Planning Cameron Ray told The Voice in an email that the application was submitted by Arista Development on Wawa’s behalf and included a 6,000 square foot Wawa convenience store, awning with gas pumps and 53 parking spaces. Wawa is popular for its made-to-order meals, freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, and other Wawa-branded items.

Wawa, Inc.’s external public relations supervisor, Jennifer Wolf, confirmed that the company has its eye on Kill Devil Hills as well as other locations in North Carolina, with the opening of the first stores of by the end of 2024. Wawa has more than 850 convenience stores, 600 of them offering gasoline, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C., but n currently has no location in North Carolina.

“We are thrilled to confirm that we are expanding in North Carolina,” Wolf said in an email to The Voice. “While we cannot confirm specific locations or construction timelines at this stage in the process, we can say that we are actively seeking potential sites for new Wawa stores in North Carolina, including Kill Devil Hills,” said she declared.

In January, Wawa came to Kill Devil Hills to request a waiver for primary access to US 158 at the same site. This request was denied by the Kill Devil Hills Board of Adjustment because city code requires that corner lots along US 158 have driveway access on the side street rather than on the freeway with the aim of minimizing driveways along the freeway.

Wawa’s current site plan was submitted on February 28 and is currently being reviewed by staff. Deputy Director of Planning Ray said he will likely go to the Kill Devil Hills Planning Board in April for review and then to the Board of Commissioners in May.

Wawa, the website says, is a Native American word for the Canada goose that was found in the Delaware Valley over 100 years ago. The original Wawa Dairy Farm was also built in 1902 on land located in the rural area of ​​Pennsylvania called Wawa.

For his part, Wolf concluded, “We look forward to serving the community with our fresh, quality food and beverages and, as always, our deep commitment to the communities in which we operate.


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All interested parties are advised that the Coast Guard Fifth District Commander has received a proposal from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with plans for modifying a
existing drawbridge over a United States waterway.

WATERWAY AND LOCATION: Alligator River, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Mile 84.2, in Columbia, North Carolina.

CHARACTER OF WORK: The proposed project is to replace the 2.83 mile long 2-lane swing-span drawbridge with a two-lane high-rise fixed bridge on a new alignment of approximately
2,000 feet north of the existing bridge. The objective of the project is to replace a bridge that is structurally deficient and undergoing significant deterioration, due to its age, and to avoid having to carry out
thorough maintenance of obsolete mining machinery.

The existing drawbridge has a horizontal clearance of 100 feet on each side of the swing span and a vertical clearance of 14 feet above mean high water in the closed position and unlimited vertical clearance in the open position. The replacement bridge will be a fixed bridge with a horizontal clearance of 140 feet and a vertical clearance of 65 feet above mean high water.

A copy of Preliminary Public Notice D05PPN-02-2022, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6222 or by visiting ?pageName=pnBridges . Comments on this proposal should be sent to the address indicated in the notice no later than April 01, 2022.

Those who do not speak English or who have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English can receive interpretation services upon request by calling 1-800-481-6494.
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03/11/2022 | Site Plan Approved for Berlin Activity Depot Expansion

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Site Plan Approved for Berlin Activity Depot Expansion

BERLIN — The Berlin Planning Commission has approved a site plan for an extension and addition to the Berlin Activity Repository. On Wednesday, the commission approved plans to upgrade Berlin’s business depot on Old Ocean City Boulevard. The project, which will be done in phases, will begin with an addition to the side of the building…

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Work on the Highway 50 bridge will include lane closures

Work on the Highway 50 bridge will include lane closures

OCEAN CITY — The State Highway Administration of the Maryland Department of Transportation will perform routine inspections of the Route 50 bridge next week. Officials say inspections will begin Monday, March 14, weather permitting, with crews working from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily on the bridge. The work should be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Friday…

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OAR to headline new beach festival

OAR to headline new beach festival

OCEAN CITY — After months of speculation and anticipation, more details have emerged about the proposed major three-day music festival in Inlet in September, which includes Maryland-based OAR as a lead player. Last August, Director of Tourism and Business Development, Tom Perlozzo, and C3 Presents Founder and Promoter, Tim Sweetwood, pitched the idea of ​​a…

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Townhouse project moves forward in Berlin

Townhouse project moves forward in Berlin

BERLIN — Plans for a new townhouse development on Old Ocean City Boulevard are moving forward after discussions with the city’s planning commission. The Berlin Planning Commission voted 6-0 on Wednesday to provide a favorable recommendation for a text amendment that would allow fee simple townhouse developments in Berlin. “It’s just another way to grow…

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Magistrate approves site plan for large apartment development near Millennium Park

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A site plan for a large apartment development next to Wildwood’s Millennium Park was approved by Special Magistrate Lindsay CT Holt with conditions at a Tuesday meeting of the Wildwood Planning and Zoning Board.

The site plan for the initial phase of the project calls for 278 apartments, 10 carriage houses and 42 townhouses on approximately 22 acres.

The plan is part of a $110 million mixed-use development proposed a year ago by Blount Development Group of Wildwood and Chance Wildwood, a Delaware company. The entire development comprises 320 one- to three-bedroom apartments with no age limit, 150 self-catering senior apartments and 100,000 square feet of medical and office space.

Holt said the issues need to be resolved before the site plan is approved by the city commission. They include easements for connections to access roads and easements for the construction of retention basins.

Apartments should include a mix of townhouses, duplexes, carriage houses and garden-style units. A resort-style pool, fitness center, clubhouse, outdoor barbecue grills, and walking paths are among the planned amenities.

The site plan shows apartment buildings arranged in a square around a central area with parking and landscaping. A dog park and dog wash can be found at the northwest corner of the site and several bike racks are marked.

The project’s location near the center of Wildwood means that tenants will have easy access to the Wildwood Community Center, Millennium Park and Brownwood’s shops and restaurants. Children can cycle or walk to school or walk to school.

Application, site plan submitted for solar project

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A photo simulation provided by Orion Renewables illustrates what the solar farm project could look like to passers-by on the north side of Bowers Road in Goodland Township.

GODLAND TWP. – A California-based renewable energy company that plans to build a $100 million solar farm in Goodland Township has submitted a special application for a land use permit, along with a site plan to officials of the township for the proposed development.

Goodland Township Supervisor Ron Cischke said a representative from Orion Renewable Energy Group delivered the documents to City Hall on Feb. 18. “There are no public hearings scheduled on their application and site plan yet. There’s a lot to do before we get to that,” Cischke said.

Copies of Orion Renewables’ application and site plan, Cischke said, will be forwarded to the Goodland Township Planning Commission, the township’s legal counsel and the Building Code Authority and to other related agencies for review and comment prior to scheduling public hearings.

“We have talked about it, and it is possible that there will be two public hearings. One for the special land use permit application and one for the site plan, but that will be up to the Planning Commission to determine,” Cischke said. “That probably won’t happen until their April meeting at the earliest.”

The proposed site plan illustrates in blue where solar panels would be installed on 13 parcels in southeastern Goodland Township.

The proposed site plan illustrates in blue where solar panels would be installed on 13 parcels in southeastern Goodland Township.

Amanda Hoffman, project development manager for Orion Renewables, was not told of any scheduled meetings regarding the company’s filings with Goodland Township.

Orion Renewables plans to build a 100 megawatt solar farm which will be bounded by Bowers Road to the south, Shaw Road to the north, and Cade and Sisson roads to the east and west in the southeast corner of the township. Hoffman said Orion’s proposed project will be located on property owned by 13 local landowners that covers 1,713 acres – although only 689 acres are expected to have solar installations.

The proposed project has been pitted neighbor against neighbor by opponents and individuals who would have signed leases with Orion Renewables to use their land for up to 25 years, in return for payments from the company.

A photo simulation of what the solar farm project on Shaw Road might look like.

A photo simulation of what the solar farm project on Shaw Road might look like.

Orion Renewables said that in the first year of operation, if Goodland Township officials allow it, the township could realize more than $750,000 in property taxes from the development.

In a recent statement to the Departmental press, Hoffman said property owners who sign with the company will receive millions of dollars in lease payments and more than $8 million in property taxes for Goodland Township over a 25-year period.

Goodland Township’s zoning ordinance permits solar energy projects in the community, provided the applicant company receives a special land use permit to build the project on land currently used for residential and agricultural purposes .

Site plan review process by the Planning Commission, subject to public review and comment, details of where the proposed development would be built, including the location of inverters and substations on the leased plots.

The site plan, including photo simulations of what the proposed development might look like for passers-by on local roads, can be found at

City Council meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The next meeting will be March 8 at City Hall, 2374 N. Van Dyke Rd.

The Goodland Township Planning Commission will meet March 17 at 7 p.m.

Donut Development LLC receives approval for rezoning and site plan

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RINCON — Rejoice, pumpkin spice lovers!

During Monday’s regular Rincon City Council meeting, Donut Development LLC owner Jay Andrews said a Dunkin’ store is set to open on 12th Street this fall.

Andrews appeared before council to seek approval of a site plan for commercial space with three units, including Dunkin’. Jersey Mike’s Subs and T-Mobile are ready for others.

The inclusion of T-Mobile necessitated a rezoning (office commercial to general commercial). After agreeing to a rezoning, which came before the site plan was given the go-ahead, council peppered Andrews with a few questions.

Councilor Reese Browher asked, “Mr. Andrews, what is the timeline for this project? »

Browher, joking lightly, said he gets more questions about Dunkin’ and Jersey Mike’s Subs than about any other topic.

“There’s a lot of anticipation for it to be open,” he said.

Andrews responded confidently.

“We’re looking at around seven months,” he said.

Councilman Patrick Kirkland asked Andrews about the traffic of customers who use Dunkin’s drive-thru.

“They’ll come into 12th Street, then they’ll turn left from 12th Street at the back of the development, and they’ll come into the drive-thru – what we call stacking – and people will come into line . . said Andrews.

Kirkland expressed additional concern after Andrews’ response.

“…there is an average stacking required and this site actually has (space for) two more cars than the average for Dunkin’ in terms of stacking,” Andrews continued. “We feel like we’ve accommodated that too much.”

Andrews added an interesting tidbit.

“Seventy-three percent of Dunkin’s patronage is done before 10:30 a.m.,” he said.

After council approved the site plan, Mayor Ken Lee joked with Andrews.

“It’s a great tactic to be called Donut Development,” he said. “We cannot refuse a donut development. I don’t know how that would work.

Earlier in the meeting, the board approved a site plan for a 5,098 square foot extension to Wal-Mart for online pickup.

Planning committee approves site plan for three-storey, 26-unit building on Manominee Street

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At its February 16 meeting, the Huntsville Planning Committee approved the site plan for a proposed three-story apartment building, which would contain 26 apartments.

The building would be located on a 4,583.6 m² plot at 50 Manominee Street. The parcel of land has 64m of frontage on an unopened right-of-way and future collector road (Cliff Avenue) and 66m on Manominee Street, planner Kelsea Shadlock told the committee.

“The property rises from Manominee Street and is currently vacant and forested. The surrounding land uses are: commercial uses to the east and south, low density residential to the north, and high density residential on the adjoining property to west,” she added.

Planning staff recommended that the site plan be approved, pending conditions such as a D4 landfill assessment and any recommended mitigation measures implemented.

A traffic impact summary was provided to assess road capacity following the proposed development and concluded that the existing road infrastructure is able to accommodate the development.

According to the Shadlock staff report, “the report author explained that it was possible to provide a pedestrian connection from Manominee Street to Cliff Avenue (and to formalize what appears to be an informal pedestrian connection via the swale In their review, they determined that further assessment would be required to formalize this connection given the elevation differential between Manominee Street and Cliff Avenue and to ensure that a connection would meet the requirements of She added that “the investigation of this connection should be further investigated by the requester in consultation with city operations and protective services personnel.”

Councilor Jonathan Wiebe asked who would be responsible for paying for the connection.

Matthew May, who was before the committee representing the application, said he thought it would be the municipality’s obligation rather than the developer’s.

“Often when we have developments, requests that come to us, we actually ask the requestor to provide, where they can, links – whether it’s trails, stairs or whatever, sidewalks or whatever, to make it part of the development. And that’s something we traditionally do,” said committee chair Councilor Nancy Alcock.

May replied that the matter could be discussed, “but I guess for me it’s not on private property. You know, it’s not on our property…”

Wiebe and Alcock continued discussions regarding the addition of a pedestrian link and liability or partial liability of the developer.

Huntsville Mayor Karin Terzino told the committee that while pedestrian connectivity is important, she reminded the committee that the area being discussed was not identified in the city’s sidewalk master plan. “To impose liability on a claimant who wants to build there, as a condition of the construction, I think is a bit unfair,” she said.

Following a question from Councilor Dan Armour, May indicated that the apartments would be rented at market price. He said it would be mostly one-bedroom units, with around four two-bedroom apartments.

You can find the staff report here.

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Large Center Road Self-Storage Site Plan Adopted

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Adelaide Metcalfe Council has approved the Site Plan Control and Development Agreement for a large self-storage site at 28708 Center Road on the west side of the Commercial Corridor near Strathroy.

The agreement for A to Z Storage Ltd has become complicated with ongoing negotiations for a municipal services agreement with the municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc. After a closed session of council to discuss negotiations, council voted unanimously on February 7 to direct the mayor to send a letter to the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc regarding service agreement negotiations at this day.

Council also unanimously approved the storage site agreement which states that if there are municipal services available for water and sewer, they must connect; otherwise it will be local maintenance.

“What we’re trying to do is enable and encourage development on Center Road while we work through this service agreement discussion with our service provider there (Strathroy-Caradoc),” said CAO Morgan Calvert.

here (Strathroy-Caradoc).

The CAO staff report states that the property measures 1.32 hectares (3.26 acres) with a frontage of 96.6 metres. In the plans, five long rectangular buildings: a run along the center is to be built later, and four taller buildings running perpendicular to the center behind it would be first.

In the site servicing plan, there are also numerous proposed storage vaults of 819 cubic meters drawn into the south side of the property.

A to Z Storage now has one year to complete the project.

Seminole Council approves site plan for final portion of Seminole Isle | Local News

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SEMINOLE – The final piece in the 334-unit Seminole Isle condo and townhome development is expected to begin to take shape soon.

At its Feb. 15 meeting, City Council voted to accept the site plan for Townhomes at Seminole Isle, a 66-townhouse development to be built by Toll Brothers at 10000 Park Blvd. NOT

Construction of the 10 building development will complete the condominium and townhouse community. Seminole Isle is directly across from Lake Seminole Park on the south side of Park Boulevard.

Seminole Isle currently comprises 180 condominium units in six mid-rise buildings and 88 townhouses in 18 buildings. The existing condos and townhouses were built by Beazer Homes, which never reached an agreement to buy the land on the last lot under development.

The Seminole Isle building plan was originally intended to feature a higher overall density. But the latest construction replaces what was originally envisioned as a new cluster of six-story condominiums with three-story townhouse structures.

Toll estimates that prices for new townhouses will start at “$500,000.” No estimate was immediately available as to when the inauguration might take place.

Seminole Isle sits on 100 acres of land that was annexed by the city in 2000. The land was formerly occupied by Holiday Campground.

Blossom Lake Park

In other matters, it looks like Blossom Lake Park will soon get its long-promised upgrades to the trails and parking lot.

Council members voted unanimously to spend $568,513 on a 0.7 mile extension of the park’s current 0.3 mile trail and an expanded Blossom Lake parking lot. The trail will feature a few new exercise stations along its route.

The council previously approved the purchase of new playground equipment – ​​now installed – as well as two event pavilions, which could be in place by April. Safety Harbor subcontractor Harbor Contracting will handle the trail and parking improvements.

The work is part of an ongoing effort to beautify and add amenities to the so-called pocket park, a 200-acre parcel surrounded on all sides by residential properties. The project was launched in 2018, with neighborhood participation included in the planning process.

City Manager Ann Toney-Deal said there were no immediate plans to renovate the park’s restrooms.

The extension of the path is concreted. Public Works Manager Rodney Due said it is currently a cheaper paving material than asphalt, due to the high cost of the latter product’s petroleum content.

New engine

In another major story, council members voted unanimously to spend $577,673 to buy a fire truck. The 2022 Rosenbauer Commander, which is purchased from Minnesota-based Rosenbauer America, will replace a 2012 Pierce engine.

The board also voted unanimously to award a $6,000 contract to the Seminole-based Tampa Bay Pyro Squad for the Pow Wow festival fireworks. The festival is scheduled for March 11-13, and the fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. on March 12.

And in another unanimous vote, the council passed an order regarding the voluntary annexation of a residential property at 10122 109th St. N. The property was listed as an unincorporated Pinellas County tract.

The board will then meet on March 8, resuming its usual schedule of monthly meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays. He had changed his schedule in February, to allow council members to travel to the state capital for legislative hearings on key bills progressing through Senate and House committees.

P&Z sends approved Park Place site plan to Council | Local News

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The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve a site plan for the proposed Phases II and III of the downtown development known as Park Place.

The 6-0 vote came after a lengthy discussion of the plan with several caveats added to the recommendation.

In his presentation to the commission, Director of Development Services John Wesley identified some of the specific issues that he believes can be resolved during the construction plan review process. These include relocation of an SRP electrical box, size and location of solid waste enclosure, access around a water feature/pool (this will need to meet building code requirements ) and all required site plan pages will need to be resubmitted for plan approval.

Wesley said the plan appears to meet the technical requirements of applicable regulations. However, he said there are concerns about meeting the intent of the City’s ordinances and plans for the streetscape of Avenue des Fontaines.

During the discussion, the members of the commission added stipulations related to the creation of continuity with phase I of the project along the avenue of the fountains. Developer Bart Shea said he intended to maintain this continuity by repainting all buildings to look the same.

Commissioners also requested that a “green space” or art walk at the south end of Phase III allow for a large open space extension of the Centennial Circle into the Community Center, Library/Museum Campus. It was suggested that a shared parking arrangement with existing features be explored to allow for expansion of open space.

The overall development of Park Place was approved in 2016 by the city council with a development plan that includes three construction phases. The plan consisted of five buildings with up to 420 units and 43,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

The first phase of the plan was completed in late 2017 and includes two four-story buildings with 230 residential units (apartments) and 35,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

The proposed total number of residential units has been reduced to approximately 380 and 41,000 square feet of retail space.

The envisioned Phase II would run east along Avenue des Fontaines from the eastern end of Phase I to the Saguaro Boulevard intersection. Building E would be to the west with Building F around the corner and south on Saguaro. There should be around 72 residential units included in the second phase. There would be underground parking accessible from the west end. An entrance on Fountain Avenue would separate Buildings E and F with an amenity area passing over the driveway connecting the buildings. Current plans show that the amenity area will include a lounge area with a covered balcony overlooking Avenue des Fontaines, a fitness area and a yoga room.

At this stage, it is unclear how the additional 6,000 square feet of commercial space required by the development agreement will be accommodated.

Phase III is a single residential unit building located off Verde River Drive behind the existing West Phase I building. It is also behind the Community Center.

The building is three stories high and originally planned for 102 units. However, the new plan incorporates two-story apartments for the second and third floors of this building.

The original development agreement calls for Phase III to include 130 additional public parking spaces for the city. This would be at the south end of the site with easy access to the community center campus. The Planning and Zoning Commission has expressed a willingness to relinquish a portion of this parking lot to allow for the expansion of a linear park between Centennial Circle and the intersection of Verde River Drive and Paul Nordin Drive. The council, however, had previously refused to consider a development amendment that would have allowed changes to this public parking requirement.

The site plan will be on the agenda of the municipal council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 1.

Board to review strip mall site plan and land use zoning change

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The Rio Rancho Board of Directors is scheduled to hold two development-related public hearings during its regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

According to the agenda, a public hearing concerns a site plan for an acre and a half of land on Grande Boulevard, behind Latitudes. According to the plan, a strip mall would be built for professional and medical offices, stores or restaurants at 2340 Grande.

The second public hearing involves a request to change the land use zoning of two lots on Golf Course Road from low-density single-family residence to neighborhood commercial, according to the agenda. The lots consist of just under an acre of land between them.

The lots are located at 2211 and 2215 Golf Course, on the west side of the road.

Empty commercial land is to the south, behind medium-density residential lots to the west and developed neighborhood commercial land to the north, according to a map included in the city information. The land directly across from the golf course is vacant and zoned for low density single family housing.

The information does not specify which companies could occupy the land if the rezoning is approved. In local shopping districts, the municipal code allows:

  • Retail stores, except gas stations;
  • Repair shops for small items such as televisions, radios and keys;
  • Boutiques, such as photography, pet shops, tailoring, dry cleaning and similar trades;
  • Banks and offices;
  • places of worship;
  • Restaurants without drive-thru counters;
  • Bakeries;
  • Parks, green spaces and public facilities;
  • day care centers;
  • Funeral homes;
  • Unlicensed fraternal organizations and nonprofit service groups;
  • Medical, veterinary and professional offices;
  • Public services; and
  • Housing, as a secondary use.

Owners may also apply for permits for these uses:

  • temporary storage;
  • Schools;
  • Self-service storage and vehicle storage;
  • Commercial buildings; and
  • Research and development offices, provided that the activities are not a nuisance or a danger to the neighborhood.

Members of the public can attend the meeting in person or watch it live at The agenda is at the same URL.

People can contribute in person, by email at [email protected] or via Zoom. Information for joining the Zoom meeting can be found on the website above.

Beach Preservers Challenges CCV Sitemap Maintenance Agreement

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Port Elgin Beach Preservers spokesperson Patricia Frank presented the group’s concerns regarding the proposed Cedar Crescent Village (CCV) beach development to Saugeen Shores Council on February 14 (2022).

Frank presented a PowerPoint presentation and addressed three areas of concern regarding the Sitemap Service Agreement that the Beach Preservers are questioning.

  • Maritime commercial zoning
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Requirement
  • Notable changes to the VCC concept plan between November 2021 and January 2022

“Since September 2021, there have been considerable changes in the location of the CCV site, square footage, building height, proposed uses, etc.,” Frank said, “and all of this requires a new Evaluation.”

She pointed out that a Bruce County map sets out the waterfront maritime commercial designation and asked where the designation is shown in the town’s official plan or in the comprehensive zoning by-law required in the County of Bruce’s official plan. Bruce. According to Frank, in the county plan, the marine commercial designation applies to the proposed VCC site, does not extend south of Mill Street, and is adjacent to environmental and open space zones.

Additionally, in the zoning regulations, there is an allowance for a restaurant, boat and bicycle rentals, and a lodge with retail outlets. “On January 10, Mr. Pausner (City Development Supervisor) pointed out that the CCV zoning is not based solely on the development site, but on an area of ​​six hectares and potentially for commercial development from ‘Izzard Rd. at Northshore Park,” Frank said.

‘While this council cannot allow any further commercial development in the OS1 area without site specific zoning,’ she added, ‘there is nothing to prevent a future council from allowing this’.

Frank also pointed out that the non-competition clause in CCV’s lease agreement is limited only to the operation of a restaurant and banquet hall, which could give “…breathing room for future councils allowing commercial development along our waterfront”. She asks why in the zoning by-laws, maritime commercial zoning was not included.

She also suggested that a link to the CCV file should be on the City’s website “…to provide an easy reference for staff, Council and the public on all matters related to the development. »

“Bad decisions now will impact us all for the next 50 years,” Frank said. “The Province of Ontario requires all municipalities to identify natural heritage systems and this study has not been done. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement is required, as stated in the Official Plan, in order to protect Important Wildlife Habitat. He also specifies that, ‘when a development is proposed in a body of water or adjacent to a body of water likely to contain fish habitat, an environmental impact study must be required’…given that detailed mapping n is not available at this time, development and site modification may be permitted on adjacent land only if it has been demonstrated by an environmental impact assessment that there will be no adverse impacts on the habitat of endangered or threatened species.

She went on to say that the Saugeen Shores Official Plan states that an Environmental Impact Assessment may not only be required for all development proposals on lands designated as environmental risk, but also on lands adjacent.

“The Official Plan also states that an Environmental Impact Statement will be required to assess the potential impacts of a development on the natural shoreline environment, including water quality, stresses from natural shoreline features and possible mitigation techniques,” Frank added. “Furthermore, it states that new large-scale recreational uses will require an amendment to the Official Plan and will ensure that potential adverse impacts to surrounding properties and the natural environment are mitigated. By any standard, 25,000 square feet is a large-scale development, so where is the official plan amendment? »

All detailed zoning by-law amendments must conform to the city’s official plan with respect to non-conforming existing buildings, permitted uses and special provisions. “The Official Plan states that any site alterations within the environmentally sensitive portions of the dynamic range allocation, such as infilling, grading, or vegetation removal, will only be permitted if supported by the study. environmental impact statement and/or Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) approval. ),” Frank pointed out.

On January 10, Pausner said the level will be slightly affected with 1.1 meters of fill to raise the buildings of the proposed development. Frank asked where the fill came from and that it raises serious environmental concerns about the protections that will be provided to prevent contaminants that can seep into the sand and then into the lake. “How will this affect adjacent properties as well? The height of the main CCV buildings will increase to 11.1 meters and with the HVAC system will be as high as the condos (adjacent building).

“With all of this evidence that I have just shared,” Frank said, “from the PPS (Provincial Policy Statement), Bruce County Official Plan and Saugeen Shores Official Plan, why did an Environmental Impact Statement not “Was it not required? It would be appreciated if the hydrogeological report and the geotechnical report submitted by the proponent be made public. Will these reports be peer reviewed by the SVCA or any other expert in the field?”

According to Frank, on the original site plan attached to the original Request for Proposal (RFP) in February 2019 and on the new reference plan, the development was shown as not extending south from the corner of Mill Street. On January 10, what was previously advertised as an outdoor programmable space had disappeared and the footprint of the retail space had increased, and the survey plan agreement and site plan design do not match and where the SVCA regulatory limit and flood hazard line were labeled approximate. “Have these limits been confirmed by the SVCA? asked Frank.

“In January, the Mayor said the development would have all the amenities people want to see on our town’s main beach, the busiest beach, the heart of activity in Port Elgin, the place where people want to congregate, want to have a restaurant, have a pavilion they can hang out in, a place where people can stop to get an inner tube for their kids to play in or an ice cream cone. There are plenty of places they can get ice cream cones now and in the future. You were absolutely right, Mayor Charbonneau… that’s exactly what the population wants – that and no more, 25,000 square feet of commercial buildings – four large buildings, an ice cream parlor, several market stalls and nine points of sale as well as a restaurant above the commercial building. Nobody asked for it, except the promoters.

She added that the design presented on January 10 appeared to show significant changes, including larger footprints for buildings. “It would be helpful if the drawing was superimposed on the original so that the public could see all the buildings. Why has the programmable outdoor space now become a merchant commercial space? What is the current total square footage of the building including the second floor? What is the current square footage of the lots in total? »

“This is Port Elgin’s beautiful waterfront and it’s up to you to protect it,” Frank said.

Councilor Cheryl Grace confirmed that there were many issues raised and to be followed up. “One of the questions asked was about backfilling…and it looks like it will be needed. Where would this (fill) come from? What kind of material would it be? »

CAO Kara Van Myall said she was not ready to answer the question.

Councilor Dave Myette also asked Frank about his statement that the CCV would be higher than the condo building to which she replied, “With the 1.1 meters of fill and a building allowed to be 30 feet plus the system HVAC on the roof, that will mean it will be 40 feet, as high as the condo building.

“It seems hard to believe,” Myette said, “but thanks for the math.”

Deputy Vice Mayor Mike Myatt asked if staff would respond to questions posed and Mayor Luke Charbonneau said reports would come back to Council and if there were any questions that had not yet been answered they would be. at this moment.

To see the full power-point presentation by Patricia Frank… CLICK HERE

The Commission of the canton of Lyon approves the layout plan of Orchard Crossing at Erwin’s

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After years of different housing development proposals for Erwin Orchards, one is almost a done deal.

The Township of Lyon Planning Commission has unanimously recommended final plan approval for the residential components of the Orchard Crossing development, which will include 121 single-family homes and 40 duplex homes on 77 acres.

Orchard operations are expected to continue unchanged for the time being.

Applicant Lombardo Homes’ overall development vision for the 181-acre property north and south of Silver Lake Road, west of Pontiac Trail, includes retain the existing cider house and part of the orchards on 104 acres while adding a bakery, tasting room and event center. These facilities will come back for site plan approval at a later date.

“This final review cleans up most of the elements and all of the final changes to the plan,” township planner Brian Keesey said during the commission’s Feb. 14 meeting. “Accompanied by the (planned development) agreement, it will cover all the intricacies, construction schedule, phasing, permitted uses, everything will be incorporated.”

Greg Windingland, vice president of land development for Lombardo Homes, explained that construction of the homes would be done in four phases as the homes are sold, but did not give a specific construction schedule. . He presented a schedule of water, sewer and road permits which had already been submitted to the competent bodies or which would be submitted by the end of April.

“We’re very proud of what we’ve come up with for this plan,” Windingland said. He thanked council and residents and added that he thought the developer had done a good job addressing previous concerns about the sustainability of the orchard, heavy traffic, a path to Kent Lake Primary School and protection of homes in the area.

Keesey said a crosswalk on Silver Lake Road was the only traffic issue yet to be resolved by the Oakland County Road Commission, which delayed the crosswalk until the development of orchard operations continues.

Other changes to the plan since last fall include an event center parking lot that will be partially paved instead of all gravel, a larger bakery/farmer’s market, and the possibility of a drive-thru that would surround the 5,000 square foot building.

The drive-thru has raised concerns, as Commissioner Carl Towne noted it could “become a hazard with 8,000 people there and madness and children… I want barriers to make sure it there are no little children being hit. I’m not against it, I just want it to be safe.

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Overall, the commissioners were satisfied with the plan.

“We placed great faith in the planner and the engineer,” Commissioner Jim Chuck said. “The next phase is the exploitation of the orchard. We worked on it for a long time, I like what I see. I have no worries that it won’t turn out that way.”

Peter Blake, co-owner of Blake’s Orchard with whom Lombardo negotiated to take over orchard operations on the property, confirmed that no contract had been signed, but he remained delighted to work with Lombardo’s team and be part of of the Community of Canton of Lyon.

“We think we know pretty well how to make this community proud,” Blake said. “If we have to do something, we’ll do it right. We have been here before and know the obstacles that can arise and we also know how to overcome them… We cannot have all the power from the start, it takes time, but we have a plan.

Contact reporter Susan Bromley at [email protected] or 517-281-2412. Follow her on Twitter @SusanBromley10.

Final site plan for controversial church and Sherwood 8-30g submitted to P&Z

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This week an application for a final site plan and special permit was submitted to Greenwich Planning & Zoning for the 8-30g “Church/Sherwood” affordable housing development in downtown Greenwich.

Last fall it was submitted as a pre-application.

As required by the state’s 8-30g law, the development will designate 30% of the 192 apartments as affordable according to a state-defined formula.

Affordable housing must be under deed restriction for 40 years.

Until 10% of Greenwich’s housing stock is affordable, 8-30g will apply.

It would take about 1,200 affordable housing units to reach 10%.

Overall, around 5,600 new units would need to be created under 8-30g before Greenwich is compliant.

Last fall, when the Church-Sherwood nominees submitted their pre-nominations, the pushback was swift.

Residents said pedestrian and traffic safety was an issue. They testified in October that Church Street was a major cut from Putnam Avenue to Greenwich Hospital and the Merritt via North Street, and is so narrow that often a driver has to stop and pull over for oncoming traffic reverse.

“This significant infusion of new housing options is expected to address an urgent need among Greenwich’s existing workforce, many of whom have been shut out of the market due to the lack of affordable housing and virtually no rentals available in the region.”

press release from Antenna, the public relations firm representing the candidates

The building is designed by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners to blend in with various historic buildings surrounding the property.

Nine of the 11 structures to be demolished to make way for development are on the Fourth Ward Historic District’s list of contributing structures.

The demolitions include 35, 39*, 43* and 47* Church Street, as well as 32*, 36* and 42* Sherwood Place. Also 1*, 2*, 3* and 4 Putnam Court would be razed.

*Properties with an asterisk are on the National Register of Historic Places.

“This significant infusion of new housing options is expected to address an urgent need among Greenwich’s existing workforce, many of whom have been shut out of the market due to the lack of affordable housing and virtually no rentals available in the region,” the statement said.

The nominees are New York-based real estate developer SJP Properties and local developer Eagle Ventures, which was founded in 2010 by Greenwich native James P. Cabrera..

The development is proposed to be 7 stories tall, with 192 units and 288 parking spaces. The ground floor and basement would be for parking and the 6 floors above for apartments and amenities.

Applicant’s Affordability Plan includes (15%) units affordable for families earning 60% or less of the area median income or state median income (SMI), whichever is less.

The rest of the affordable units would be affordable to those earning 80% or less of the area or SMI, whichever is lower.

At the 80% limit, a person earns no more than $57,456.

At the 60% limit, a person earns no more than $43,092.

The developer’s press release talks about providing rentals to ‘public sector workers and first responders’, although most teachers, firefighters and police officers at Greenwich Public Schools earn too much to qualify for 8-30 housing. g.

For example, according to the Greenwich Schools teacher salary gridonly a Level 1 teacher, usually someone in their first year of teaching, with a salary of $56,111, falls below 80% of the SMI.

The release says the developers responded to community feedback from last October by adding design features to reduce traffic and improve pedestrian safety, provide outdoor green spaces, incorporate sustainable features and better integrate with the surrounding environment.

The request includes a six-page memo prepared by Greenwich native Nick Abbott at the request of Church Sherwood LLC.

Mr. Abbott, who is part of the DeSegregate Connecticut team and serves his Assistant Coordinatorwrites that the development is the “best short-term opportunity to provide meaningful affordable housing”.

He cites statistics including that 44% of tenants in Greenwich are cost overburdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their gross monthly income on rent and associated costs. Nearly a quarter of renters are heavily burdened by costs, spending more than 50% of their income on housing. Among homeowners, 33% with mortgages are cost burdened and 18% with mortgages are very cost burdened.

He writes that based on listings on Zillow and, there isn’t even a single 2-bedroom apartment for rent in Greenwich that’s affordable for a household earning less than $80,000 a year.

Abbott writes that while the city has historically invested in and built affordable housing, its current efforts fall short.

He suggests that it is precisely because of its history as a center for diverse and affordable housing in the early 20th century that Historic Fourth Ward is an ideal location for 8-30g development.

“The Fourth Ward is historically notable for the diversity of its populations, which included a mixture of Irish, Italians, Poles, and African Americans,” Abbott wrote in his memorandum, adding, “Affordable housing can preserve and enhance the diverse character of the Fourth Ward by ensuring that future households of modest means have the same opportunity to find housing there as their historic ancestors.

Abbott concludes his note by quoting first manager Fred Camillo as saying: “We are trying to marry Greenwich’s past – which has made it so attractive – with a brighter and bolder future.” Camillo’s quote is from Remarks he spoke out last August on the 2020 census.

The full quote from Camillo, who is a staunch opponent of 8-30g was: “As we try to marry Greenwich’s great past – which has made it so attractive – with a brighter and bolder future – it does not not include doubling the size of our population, as this has many disadvantages.

At a press conference outside New Townhouses at Armstrong Court last week, Mr. Camillo, along with State Rep. Meskers (D-150), State Rep. Kimberly Fiorello (R149), state senator Ryan Fazio (R-36) and leaders of the housing authority, spoke about the negative impacts of 8-30g on Greenwich, given that the city’s high land values make it particularly attractive to promoters.

Camillo said he was very concerned about the increased impervious surface resulting from the developments, especially at a time when flooding has increased across the city and memories of Ida are fresh in people’s minds.

Senator Fazio said through 8-30g, the state is placing an undue burden on Greenwich, allowing developers to ignore local zoning rules that have the community’s interest at heart.

State Rep. Meskers said it’s unfortunate that natural affordable housing doesn’t meet the state’s definition of “affordable” and therefore doesn’t count toward the 10% mandate. .

Fazio said the delegation would soon introduce legislation that would reform 8-30g and would have bipartisan support.

In addition to Church-Sherwood, there is a proposal for a large 8-30g development at Benedict Court and Benedict Place behind St Mary’s Church on Greenwich Ave. It would have six floors and 110 units. Likewise, it would replace a number of historic houses with a multi-storey building.

A third large 8-30g development has been proposed at 5 Brookridge Drive. It would replace a 1910 single-family home with a five-story building consisting of 86 units.

See also:

Neighbors Wind Opposition at 8-30g on Church and Sherwood; Destruction of the historic district planned October 14, 2022

Pre-application submitted to Greenwich P&Z for the development of 192 8-30g units on Church Street in the city center

192-unit affordable housing development would raze restaurant and historic homes

The chairman of the Greenwich Housing Authority castigates the affordable housing proposals: “The 8-30g is abused by developers.

Planners accept Union Green site plan with ZBA hurdles to clear | News

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HARBERT — A revised site plan for the proposed Union Green development was approved despite complications from new zoning rules for the Union Pier area at the February 9 Chikaming Township Planning Commission meeting.

A Union Pier overlay district that went into effect November 2, 2021 was not in place when planners gave initial site plan approval in July 2021, and the fate of a major feature of the revised site plan of Union Green presented to planners on Feb. 9 that appears to conflict with the new rules could end up being decided by the township’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Planners approved the Union Green site plan by a 4-1 vote on February 9 with the following stipulations – that the developer go to the Zoning Appeal Board to seek a waiver reducing a requirement under the District of superimposed zoning that the front half of the first floor structures in the Union Pier Corridor portion of the neighborhood be set aside for commercial purposes; amend the site plan to remove two parking spaces adjacent to a “home/work” retail space and conform to a 10 foot front setback requirement for buildings; and that an updated site plan be provided to the township authorities.

“This is the first time we’ve had this ordinance in front of us, we’re testing it,” Planning Commission Chairman John Chipman said. “We’re testing it with a sitemap that was actually approved under a different order.”

In June 2021, Brad Rottschafer began the process of obtaining township approval to build the Union Green development on a 1.05 acre site (the former home of Riviera Gardens) located at the corner of Red Highway Arrow and Goodwin Avenue.

Following an Aug. 4 public hearing on the Union Green site plan, planners requested additional information on factors such as open space requirements and parking. On September 1, the Planning Commission also requested responses regarding driveway safety requirements to eliminate dead ends, reduce density and increase open space, and the submission of an impact assessment.

Suzanne Schulz of Progressive AE presented a revised sitemap designed to meet September 1 requests at the February 9 meeting.

Highlights of the new site plan include a reduction in the number of residential units from 20 to 18, with the two proposed former buildings along the Red Arrow Freeway being consolidated into one. An earlier site plan indicated that the housing sites would range in size from 2,100 to 8,000 square feet.

“Grass block pavers” were also added to the plan in the northwest portion of the property near a repositioned swimming pool to allow access for emergency responders; additional green space for a more park-like feel; and a screened waste corral area.

Schulz said the townhouses along Goodwin will be three stories while the carriage house along Red Arrow will be two stories, adding that “very high quality materials” will be used. She said the relationship between the buildings and the sidewalk is designed to be “walkable” and “village-like.”

She said a traffic impact study (based on the design of 20 units) predicted about 20 new morning rush hour trips on weekdays and 23 new afternoon rush hour trips in week.

In July 2021, the area in question was zoned CU Union Pier Mixed Use, and multi-family residential development was permitted with special land use approval.

On Feb. 9, Chikaming Zoning Administrator Kelly Largent said the proposed development is no longer a special land use in the Union Pier Overlay Zoning District (which regulates zoning in parts of Chikaming and New Buffalo Township from Union Pier) which came into effect in November. 2. 2021.

“You will now find that this is an authorized use,” Largent said.

But later in the meeting, a section of Union Pier’s zoning rules regarding the “uses” of first floors became an issue.

The latest site plan for Union Green calls for the first floors of all but the living/working facility to be residential.

But the wording of the ordinance for the “Union Pier Corridor” area states, “Residences may be permitted in the back 50% of the ground, but the front 50% must be for commercial use.”

It also reads: “The commercial first floor will span the full width of the building’s frontage as seen from the adjacent public street.”

The first floors of the “Union Pier Village” district (the downtown area) must be used for commercial purposes only.

Planning Commission member Grace Rappe said it looks like the building along the Red Arrow Freeway will need to be redesigned.

But Schulz said she thought there was some question as to whether the order was intended to require advertisements on the entire facade of a building along the Red Arrow Freeway in the “corridor” area.

“From an economic viability perspective, and ensuring there are not more vacancies along the Red Arrow Freeway, it would not seem logical to require commercial space on the ground floor. Most communities that had this requirement are now repealing them and changing them from what they used to be because they have an overabundance of vacant commercial space,” she said.

Planning Commission Chairman John Chipman said the intention to have separate village corridors and districts in the Overlay District was to concentrate commercial entities in the central part of Union Pier, adding that he thinks Schulz is right to call the rules confusing.

“The reality is you’re not going to have storefronts all the way down the hall,” he said, adding that no order is perfect and “we’re going to work on it.”

Rappe later said, “The zoning ordinance, clear or unclear, is all we have at the moment. And there are things here that are written that are clearly not part of this development proposal.

Planner Andy Brown noted that a site plan has already been approved and the developer has been asked to make changes such as creating more visual security at the corner of Red Arrow and Goodwin, and they did.

“They did the things we asked for that were reasonable, which would make their sitemap even more appealing,” he said.

There has been debate over whether anything with the density of the Union Green project could ever be developed under the current zoning, Rappe said nine three-bedroom units per property was now the limit.

Following the Planning Commission’s 4-1 decision and a series of public comments, Rappe (who voted the only “no”) announced his intention to resign from the Planning Commission, calling the decision of requesting waivers from the ZBA instead of following what it called “absolutely horrible” proper procedures.

Those who spoke about the Union Green issue during public comments included:

Suzanne Koenigsberg, who said driving across the Red Arrow Freeway, a street at 45 miles per hour without lights, doesn’t seem like a safe bet. She also wondered if there would be enough parking for everyone likely to be in a short-term rental community.

Karen Doughty said she doesn’t think the proposed development is a good use of space. She also said it looks like the big trees that need to be felled will be replaced by 34 “twigs”.

Jim Harper said he thought the development was far too dense. Harper said the impact on already small and crowded public beaches worries him.

Fran Wersells asked “Why is there nothing green in Union Green, why is there no mention of using eco-friendly materials, solar panels, heaps of compost?”

Babe Paukstys said the traffic studies were done on weekdays while “our problems are on the weekends”. She said with up to a dozen people potentially in each of the 18 units, there aren’t enough parking spaces and sending them onto the Red Arrow Freeway isn’t safe. She also questioned the affordability of the units.

Nick Martinski said he thought township officials seemed more focused on representing the interests of the builder than township residents. “You’ve already approved it, and now you’re going to receive public comments. So our comments mean nothing.

Pijus Stoncius asked how the township fire department would arrive at a fire on the third floor.

Koenigsberg concluded the public comment session by saying “We don’t want that here.”

Also on February 9, the Planning Commission approved a site plan for a proposed Barndogg cafe in an existing structure near the corner of Wintergreen and Red Arrow Highway at Union Pier on the condition of obtaining a ZBA waiver involving permission public parking located less than 600 feet across the Red Arrow Freeway to alleviate the limited number of parking spaces available at the existing site, as well as to address concerns raised regarding front yard parking, removal of trash cans and widening of entry and exit points.

And planners heard from Joseph Reed, who said the planned concert hall for Harbert Community Park was progressing through a somewhat closed process by the park board without a proper master plan reviewed by the planning commission.

The Chardon planning commission approves modifications to the site plan of the subdivision | local government

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The Chardon Planning Commission granted approval of the Conceptual Site Plan for a grouping of lots in the Thistlecreek Development Subdivision at its meeting held on February 1.

Members of the Planning Commission reviewed Thistlecreek Development LLC’s request to consolidate three properties into one lot prior to the registration of the Phase 1 recording platform.

“Since there are multiple parcels before they register the final subdivision, they basically have to combine them into one parcel and then flatten the subdivision, it’s like a household thing,” said Steven Yaney, community development administrator . “The subdivision now sits on three separate plots, so they have to plot them all as one.”

Home sites in the planned residential development of 31 detached single-family homes have a smaller footprint and range in size from 1,400 to 2,400 square feet.

The subdivision comprises 20.78 acres located on the north side of North Hambden Street, approximately 180 feet west of Grant Street near King Kone.

“The consolidation plateau probably should have happened a while ago, it just wasn’t picked up until the county looked at their paperwork and realized they couldn’t save the subdivision until that it wasn’t done,” Mr Yaney said. “They do this so they can record this.”

The members of the Commission also approved Thistlecreek’s request for approval of the registration document for phase 1.

“They are moving ahead so they can start building the houses because it will take another seven to nine months to build a house,” Yaney said. “That’s what the council kind of went through at their last meeting, allowing them to proceed knowing the gas and electric are going to be installed but not making them wait to register the dish because if they don’t ‘not register the flat, they can’t get permits for individual houses.

Mr Yaney said this would have delayed the construction of all the houses by a few months when realistically by the time the houses need gas and electric the gas and electric will be installed by the contractors of public services.

“It’s a bit of a weird situation because in a normal development world, like in normal times, all of this would have been done already, but there were issues with the materials for the companies and that delayed some things,” Mr. Yaney said.

Completion of the project is scheduled for June 30, 2022.

In other matters, elections for the President and Vice President of the Planning Commission for 2022-2023 were held.

Commission members elected Andrew K. Blackley as Chair and Mary Jo Stark as Vice-Chair, who will each serve in their respective positions for a one-year term.

Commission members also approved the schedule of meetings for the Planning Commission for 2022, where each meeting will take place on the third Tuesday of each month.

Rocky Hill will review the site plan for the redevelopment of the Ames property; 213 apartments for a mixed project

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The Rocky Hill Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to discuss a proposed site plan for redeveloping the long-vacant Ames headquarters on Main Street on Wednesday.

This is the second site plan submitted to the city by developer Belfonti Cos. LLC, based in Hamden.

The first plan was rejected by the commission about two months ago, but changes have been made to the overall design of the project, including the addition of additional public gathering space, according to Raymond Carpentino, director of economic development from Rocky Hill.

The latest site plan calls for the construction of 213 apartments in about 11 buildings, he said.

The project will include 93 one-bedroom units and 120 two-bedroom units, with 10% designated as affordable, according to Planning and Zoning Commission records.

The mixed-use development at 2418 Main Street will also contain 11,067 square feet of office space and 9,959 square feet of retail space with associated site improvements on approximately 12.65 acres.


The former Ames Corporate Center in Rocky Hill at 2418 Main St.

About an acre of the property will be set aside for public gathering space, Carpentino said, including a large patio and fire pit.

The former 180,000 square foot Ames property has been vacant since 2002 and city leaders have called it an eyesore in the heart of the city. Proposals for rehabilitation have come and gone over the years, but remediation of the asbestos-contaminated structure has been key.

Last April, the state stepped in to help move redevelopment efforts forward by approving a $500,000 grant to help fund the demolition.

Preliminary site plan approved for Cider Creek | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

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The second time could be the charm.

Applicants wishing to build a development behind Mueller’s Orchard returned to the Fenton Township Planning Commission with a new application, which received preliminary site plan approval on Thursday, February 10.

Lombardo Homes submitted a construction plan for a 95-unit single-family housing development behind the orchard with access to Linden and Lobdell roads. Thursday’s planning commission meeting marks the second time candidates have come to the township with a plan for building in the area, which spans about 67 acres.

The first application was for a 142-unit neighborhood, which was reduced to 122. Last year, the Fenton Township Board denied the rezoning application due to ordinance restrictions.

Lyle Winn, development compliance manager for Lombardo Homes, said he met with the township to further review the zoning ordinances and gain a better understanding. They redesigned the plans and decided to stay with the current zoning.

This new plan proposes 95 lots ranging in size from 12,000 square feet to approximately 15,500 square feet. Minimum unit width is 75 square feet. The land of approximately 67 acres is zoned residential-3 (R-3).

Zoning administrator Michael Deem said the plans also meet setback requirements.

Candidates plan to build a pathway through the complex. The plans show 45.1% open space with two retention basins.

He said there is no buffer zone between properties required for R-3, and they require two trees per lot and three per corner lot. The ordinance also requires trees along access roads, which would be built from Linden and Lobdell roads.

“Going through these ordinance requirements, they are not asking for any waivers. They meet the minimum standards to zoning ordinance requirements,” Deem said.

Several residents sent letters against the development. A resident is concerned about traffic and wells. Other residents are concerned about the smell of the sewer, the potential impact of nearby wells and drainage runoff.

The developers will now work on the engineering plans and return to the planning commission at a later date for final site plan approval.

Clark University Requests Review of Site Plan for New Media Arts Building

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WORCESTER — Clark University plans to construct a four-story building dedicated to media arts, computing and design at the corner of Woodland and Hawthorne streets, according to documents filed with the Planning Board.

The university has applied for a final site plan review with the Planning Board for the construction and development of 151 Woodland St., also known as 9 Hawthorne St.

According to the filing, the university is planning a new quad zone, accessory parking, landscaping, curbs and walkways as part of the project. The new building will contain a lecture hall, classrooms, video and virtual production labs and studios, computer labs, a video game library, offices, lounges and other spaces.

clark announced his plans last year for the new building; part of it will accommodate the university’s absorption of the video game program from the former Becker College.

Parking spaces at the current site are used by faculty and staff and will be removed for the project, but the filing says there is “more than adequate” parking at other locations on campus.

The university has not been shy in recent years to expand its footprint in the region. End of last year he bought the former Diamond Chevrolet lot at Park Avenue and Maywood Street for $7 million; he has yet to announce his plans for the 7-acre parcel.

And in 2016, Clark open the $19 million Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center, its first foray into Main Street, on the site of a former church next to University Park.

Indian Land SC New Home Subdivision Self Storage Site Plan

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Two proposals to further develop Indian lands are in the works, although neither has clearly sailed to the necessary approvals.

Both projects will go before the Lancaster County Planning Commission when the group meets on February 15. Both involve proposed zoning changes for higher density development, one residential and the other commercial.

The owners have submitted a rezoning application for 38 acres on Harrisburg Road to create a new residential development. The Llewellyn development would be on the west side of Harrisburg, opposite Estates at Covington. The application does not list a number of proposed houses. The requested zoning change is from low density to medium density residential.

The property includes land at the southwest corner of Harrisburg and Barberville roads. County staff advise against the zoning change. The planning commission will receive its recommendation before Lancaster County Council makes the final decision.

In another move, Panhandle Partners has requested the rezoning of almost 10 acres on Charlotte Highway across from Arrowhead Road to allow for a self-storage facility. The vacant property is just south of Southern Paws Animal Hospital between US 521 and Charles Pettus Road. The application mentions office and retail uses in addition to storage.

Plans submitted for what is called Indian Land Storage show the main access from Charlotte Highway to three buildings. An approximately 30,000 square foot building and parking lot and a 10,000 square foot building are located at the front of the development. A two-story, 70,000 square foot building sits farther back. The plan also shows a row of covered parking lots 45 feet deep and two uncovered rows at 35 and 45 feet deep.

County staff also advise against the storage site plan, due to higher density commercial development in the requested zoning district. It will also go to the town planning commission, then to the county council.

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Hotel Sitemap Process Takes Next Step | Columbia County

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HUDSON — The city’s planning board has cleared the next steps for a Galvan Foundation site plan application to redevelop 402-406 Warren St. and 10-12 N. 4th St. into a hotel of 30 rooms, a restaurant and a commercial space.

Before the planning board can approve a project, it must first weigh the potential environmental impacts.

In New York, most projects proposed by a state agency or local government unit must complete an environmental assessment form. The Galvan Foundation submitted a form to the planning board on November 24.

Upon review of this, under state environmental law, the planning board classified the proposed development as “unlisted”.

This means that the site will not have an environmental impact on more than 10 acres of land and it cannot be classified in the Type I or Type II action categories.

In addition, the planning board must conduct its own environmental review of the project.

National regulations allow different procedures if a sitemap is deemed unlisted. Type I actions are larger projects more likely to have environmental impacts, such as a non-commercial space of 25,000 feet or more. Type II actions determine that entities such as a single-family home do not have a significant environmental impact. The unlisted category is a gray area if a proposal does not fit into the other types. The planning board does not have to contact state agencies, although city attorney Victoria Polidoro of the Rodenhouse Chale law firm in Rhinebeck said she would consult with both the Department of State Health and the State Historic Preservation Office.

The planning board also voted unanimously to list itself as the lead agency overseeing the project’s environmental review.

The total area of ​​the proposed site is 0.22 acres. Galvan estimated it would take a year to complete the redevelopment and construction.

The revenue the Foundation receives from the proposed hotel will go directly to their social goals, according to Dan Kent, vice president of initiatives for the Galvan Foundation.

At the planning board meeting, Polidoro said the Hudson Planning Board wants to be responsible for the review and is asking the public as well as involved and interested agencies such as the Columbia County Health Department. The Hudson Department of Public Works, Hudson Historic Preservation Commission and Hudson Fire Department are invited to submit their questions, concerns and comments which will then be deliberated at a meeting in March. The Galvan Foundation will also submit additional documents and information to the planning committee for review at the March meeting.

The Galvan Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by T. Eric Galloway and Henry van Ameringen. She is committed to improving the economic life of Hudson by purchasing historic buildings and redeveloping them for residential, commercial and community use. The foundation also helps create affordable housing in the city, according to Kent.

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Solon Council Approves Revised Site Plan for Aged Housing Complex Addition

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SOLON, Ohio — City Council has approved a revised site plan for an addition to the Vitalia active adult community in Solon.

Vitalia, located at 6050 Kruse Drive, offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care units. It was developed by Solon-based Omni Senior Living.

The 11,934 square foot expansion, located adjacent to Omni Senior Living’s existing headquarters at 33095 Bainbridge Road, will house 30 additional residential units.

On Monday (February 7), council approved the site plan, 6-1, along with nine deviations that were recommended for approval by the city’s Planning Commission.

The commission had recommended approval of the project subject to both the applicant’s agreement with the site plan submitted by the city’s planning department showing the location of a potential 10-foot-wide pathway and compliance with the guidelines of the city’s engineering department.

Ward 5 Vice Mayor and Councilwoman Nancy Meany cast the dissenting vote on the site plan and also voted “no” on a front yard setback.

Meany noted that the project was originally presented to council in October 2020. She also voted “no” to this site plan when council approved it 6-1.

“My problem with that – and it’s the same ongoing problem – is that I think it’s an overdevelopment of the site,” she said. “I think trying to squeeze another building over there is just too much.”

Meany said this proposed addition is a different plan than the one submitted by Omni and approved by the board in October 2020.

“The original building was going to be sort of parallel to where Omni’s headquarters is,” she said. “Now it’s more horizontal, and that even worries me a bit more.”

Meany said she was “super supportive” of the original construction of the senior housing complex, which opened in September 2020.

“I think it’s filled so much of a need in the city, providing an absolutely beautiful place for older people to go and reside,” she said. “I am delighted that it has really succeeded.

“But I just feel like it’s too much on this site.”

Solon Vice Mayor and Ward 5 Councilman Nancy Meany voices her objections to a revised site plan for an addition to Vitalia Active Adult Community in Solon at the city council meeting Monday, February 7. (Ed Wittenberg, special for

Gary Biales, vice president of development for Omni Senior Living, submitted an application to the city in December for the revised addition, including site and parking changes.

Ward 3 Councilman Jeremy Zelwin asked Biales what had changed from the original site plan.

“I changed the location of the building,” Biales said.

Biales then explained by showing an architectural rendering of the previously approved plan, compared to that of the revised plan.

“The (original) addition was the same 30 units – same height, same architecture,” he said. “But there was a catwalk on the second floor.

“The reason it was on the second floor is because firefighters need year-round access. That made it really difficult. Part of it was outdoors, and we didn’t didn’t like it so we came back and changed it.

The revised plan — with the same square footage as the previous one — includes a hallway in the middle that connects to the existing building, Biales said.

“So there’s no walking outside,” he said. “That’s the difference.”

Zelwin asked, “How about the number of parking spaces compared to the original plan?”

“Even though it was reconfigured, we actually added spaces from our original plan,” Biales said.

Zelwin then asked Biales why Omni didn’t start earlier, after the board approved the original plan 16 months ago.

“I don’t want to endorse this and wait another year,” Zelwin said. “We don’t want to keep endorsing these deviations and moving forward with this and then you don’t fulfill your promise.”

Biales said part of the reason for the delay was the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was not the right time to innovate, get loans and everything else,” he said. “And while we were in that period, we kept analyzing that and saying, ‘It’s just too far for people to have to walk in open space.

“It just didn’t make sense in a lot of cases. This building now shows that it is only an extension of our existing building.

As for Omni’s timeline, Biales said his goal is to begin work on the site in May and then begin construction in August.

“So we’re looking at opening in April next year,” he said.

Omni has developed seven other Vitalia senior living communities in the Cleveland/Akron area, according to its website,

Modified salary grids

Separately, the board amended an order approved in December that established wage grids and wage increases of up to 2% this year for full-time and part-time employees not covered by a collective agreement.

The amended order offers these employees a wage increase of up to 2.25% – the same level the board approved for employees covered by the collective agreement. The increase is retroactive to January 1.

“It’s about getting our non-union employees to get the same wage increases as our CBA employees,” Meany said.

Zelwin noted that the impact of this 0.25% increase on the city’s general fund budget will be $50,000 this year.

“We think we can absorb that or use part of the budget contingency fund to pay for salary increases to match collective agreements,” he said.

The board also approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for city corrections officers.

The three-year contract runs until December 31, 2024. The union agreed to a ‘fair adjustment’ in pay this year and pay increases of 2.25% next year and 2.5 % in 2024.

It’s similar to the three-year contracts the board approved Jan. 18 with the police department’s sergeants, lieutenants and patrolmen.

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Records reveal a possible site plan for the redevelopment of the North DeKalb Mall; plan includes groceries – Decaturish

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Greater Decatur, Georgia — North DeKalb Mall is once again in the eye for a massive redevelopment project, but the developer – Edens – has played things close to the vest, choosing to share little with the press and holding closed-door meetings with the community.

But records provided to Decaturish show Edens plans to balance its residential and commercial projects with green spaces, pathways and other public amenities. Whether they satisfy neighborhood concerns about the scale of the project is another matter.

The plan, which is still preliminary and has not been widely publicized, also shows nearly 50,000 square feet allocated for a grocery store, but does not name the store. The plan appears to include keeping the AMC theater and Marshall’s retail store. It is important to note that the site plan obtained by Decaturish could change before it is officially presented to the public.

To view the PDF of the preliminary site plan, click here.

Theresa Same, zoning chair for the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, is one of the few members of the public outside the county to have seen the preliminary plans. On February 8, she said she wouldn’t comment for now because she wanted to give the public a chance to see it and share her thoughts on it.

Edens will hold its first public community meeting on February 22 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The first slide of the North DeKalb Mall redevelopment project presentation. Image obtained via DeKalb County.

Decaturish received a Zoom link to a meeting Edens held a few weeks ago with some community members, but was asked to leave the meeting as the press had not been invited. Edens, who also owns the Toco Hills Shopping Center on North Druid Hills Road, has so far declined to speak to the press. The first public preview of the project was a filing for the development to be considered a Regional Impact Development by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

The preliminary site plan provided in response to a request for documents resembles the one presented at the meeting Decaturish was asked to leave. The Request for Records also produced a summary of early community feedback on the plan.

Edens’ proposal is more ambitious than the failed proposal that preceded it. The developer wants to create a mixed-use development with shops, a hotel, apartments and townhouses. Plans call for 300,000 square feet of retail space, 200,000 square feet of office space, a 150-room hotel, 1,700 apartments and 100 townhouses. The estimated completion date of the project is 2028.

For comparison, a plan in 2018 that failed proposed 425 apartments and 40 to 50 townhouses.

Edens offers green spaces and paths for shared use within the project. One of the slides shows the overall project connectivity plan. The developer plans to realign Mistletoe Road and entrance buildings.

Perkins and Will, a design firm hired by the County Commission for $20,000, listed several proposed revisions to the site plan based on early community feedback. Commissioner Jeff Rader said the company was advising the county, not Edens. Suggestions for the plan include expanding shared use lanes and adding bus shelters. Concerns include the lack of integration of the Mysterious Way townhouse parcel into the general master plan and the Birch Road trail alignment.

There may also be an affordable housing component to the project. Perkins and Will’s memo says one of the “next steps” is: “To take next steps on providing affordable housing as part of the master plan.”

To see Perkins and Will’s memo, click here.

Here are additional slides from the presentation provided by DeKalb County in response to our request for recording:

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Image obtained via DeKalb County

Correction: An earlier version of this story provided incorrect information about who hired Perkins and Will. This story has been updated with the correct information.

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Athol Daily News – Uma gets approval for modified sitemap to accommodate expansion

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ATHOL – At its meeting on Wednesday February 2, the Athol Community Planning and Development Board approved a site plan amendment for Uma Cultivation’s operation at 706 Petersham Road. The original site plan, approved by the board of directors in December 2020, called for the construction of a 10,000 square foot building to house offices, manufacturing spaces, storage spaces and a 6 000 square feet for growing marijuana.

However, as planning for the project progressed, Uma officials determined that the original building they had proposed would be insufficient to meet the needs of the business and sought board approval. to double the size of the proposed structure to 20,000 square feet.

A public hearing on the proposal opened in November last year, with follow-up at monthly council meetings in December and January. The hearing closed on January 5, but no decision on the amended plan was made at the time. Time was given to council members to weigh any proposed conditions they might want to attach to the amended plan and to allow for a review of the site plan by the council’s engineering consultant, Tighe & Bond.

Ahead of last week’s vote, Athol planning and development director Eric Smith told the council: “This is now a major site plan process due to the fact that they offer 20,000 square feet. This triggered a major review. Their intentions are to eventually reach 50,000 square feet, which means they will have to come back in the future, and this will be an additional site plan topic for the council.

The amended site plan, he said, included everything the council had wanted to see, adding that no waivers had been requested by Uma.

“As soon as you issue a decision tonight,” Smith said, “you will issue a decision within the 45-day period since the hearing closed. A conclusion for includes a summary of the process, all official comments from the city , and we wanted to put in there that the ConCom (Conservation Commission) had no problem with the location as there are no wetlands on the site, which is all that would fall under their jurisdiction.

He noted that in carrying out the peer review, Tighe & Bond found that “everything that needed to be resolved had been resolved”, adding only that the engineering company had suggestions for conditions to be added. to the amended permit.

“Council may, in the course of the vote,” Smith continued, “find that – with all conditions – the proposal does not adversely affect the health, safety and welfare of residents of the city, and that have a positive impact on the local economy. So it’s part of your decision.

Smith said the conditions included in the site plan approved by council in December 2020 will be included in the amended site plan, “any further changes will have to come back to council, either for special permit approval or for approval of the site plan for the future building.”

This, he explained, means that Uma will have to come back to the board for any proposals to expand the building beyond the 20,000 square foot scope of the currently proposed project.

Even with a doubling in size of the original building, Smith said, “They agreed to have the maximum (crop) canopy at 6,000 square feet for six months of odor-free operations,” before returning to the board of directors with any request for canopy expansion.

Another condition for approval of the amended site plan was proposed by council member Marc Morgan.

“If they were to increase the number of employees,” Smith explained, “it would trigger a review of their septic system, and the council should be notified of this process. They still have to go through Title 5 approval. They have the location approved by the board of health, but they have to go through Title 5 if they need to make any changes.

Uma encountered a small glitch on the way to approving the modified sitemap. The company, in anticipation of expanding the size of the original building, felled a number of trees on its property without first informing the municipal authorities of its intention to do so. Neighbors feared the action would increase stormwater runoff from the property, which would lead to erosion of the hillside that overlooks Petersham Road. However, a site inspection revealed that while the trees were being felled, stumps were left in place, reducing the likelihood of increased runoff.

Although the move was determined to violate the spirit of Uma’s special permit, it did not constitute an actual violation of the permit conditions and no penalties were issued against the company.

The Board of Directors’ vote to approve the amended site plan was unanimous.

Greg Vine can be contacted at [email protected]

Gozo Regional Airport site plan proposal tabled in Parliament

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The site plan for the Gozo region where the government is proposing a regional airport was tabled in parliament on Tuesday.

A public consultation must take place to obtain comments on the proposal.

In response to a parliamentary question from PN MP Chris Said, Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri said Xewkija heliport had not been in service since 2008, apart from occasional hospital airlifts.

The technical experts hired were asked not to include the use of additional land used for agricultural purposes; ensure that the plan accommodates aircraft that can carry a maximum of 11 passengers and take into account the environmental impact of said airport.

Although Clint Camilleri did not release the drawings he was referring to in parliament, he said they would be released in the coming weeks by the Gozo Development Authority.

A layout plan of the proposed area for the regional airport shows that the airstrip extends beyond the perimeter of the current heliport. The minister explained how runaway must be developed to make room for fixed-wing aircraft.

Camilleri highlighted how such a future runaway that can accommodate fixed-wing aircraft will be economically beneficial for Gozo.

The Gozo Regional Airport site plan shows the extension of the runway into the disturbed areas outside the heliport

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A site plan of the area of ​​Gozo where the government is proposing a regional airport shows that the airstrip will extend beyond the perimeter of the existing heliport.

Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri tabled the site plan in parliament on Tuesday after giving a long history of past attempts to establish an air link between the islands.

He was responding to a question from Opposition MP Chris Said.

Camilleri said the current heliport has not been used since 2008, except for emergency hospital airlifts. The heliport is made up of two heliports with a diameter of 22m connected by a 174m runway.

Camilleri said the runway will need to be extended to accommodate fixed-wing aircraft and work is proposed on an area where inert waste has been dumped in the past.

He said technical experts hired to prepare plans for a regional airport were asked not to use additional agricultural land; reduce the environmental impact of the airport; and ensure it can accommodate aircraft that can carry between nine and 11 passengers.

Camilleri has not released the actual designs for the proposed airport, but insisted they will be released in “the coming weeks” by the Gozo Regional Development Authority.

He said a public consultation exercise will gather feedback on the proposal, after which the government will decide what changes to make or whether the project will go ahead.

The minister said the area on the outskirts of Xewkija was first used as an airstrip in 1943 as part of Operation Husky, which was the Allied invasion of Sicily. He said a number of fields in the area have been flattened to make way for a track.

Camilleri added that just after the 2013 elections, plans were underway to clear the area outside the heliport boundaries of debris in order to build a 900m grass airstrip. The plans were later scrapped.

Helicopter services that provided an air link between the islands had to cease as operations were not financially viable.

Camilleri said a runway to accommodate fixed-wing aircraft would be more financially viable and of economic benefit to Gozo.

Island Water Park wins final site plan approval from City Council, expects Memorial Day opening

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Island Water Park got final approval for its amended site plan at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The developer of the sports and recreation facility on Middle Country Road in Calverton won site plan approval in March 2013, but Island Water Park owner Eric Scott came to town in 2020 with revised plans for the site.

The new approval allows for a change in use of an already constructed warehouse building as an indoor recreational facility. Use of the 20-acre man-made lakes on site, originally intended for traditional water skiing, is now limited to a tow rope system and the use of non-motorized water sports including canoes, kayaks, rental sailboats and electric personal watercraft.

The park will also include an inflatable water park on the lake which is “the largest in the world”, Island Water Park’s Ken Meyers told the IDA board during a hearing in November. It will be a major tourist attraction, Meyers said.

Scott today confirmed the water park plan, which he said cost Island Water Park $2 million. He said the site plan condition prohibiting “additional structures or devices…constructed or placed in the lake” does not prohibit the water park because it is “temporary” and not a “structure”.

Riverhead planner Greg Bergman confirmed that determination. The limitation in site plan approval is intended to restrict lake use to “non-motorized sports,” Bergman said in a telephone interview today.

Island Water Park’s indoor recreation facility will include a surf pool, rock climbing walls, volleyball courts, obstacle course and other indoor entertainment, as well as a fitness center , a spa, pro shop and restaurants, according to documents filed with the city. 360 parking spaces will be provided on the site.

Scott said in a phone interview today that his intention was to have the park open by Memorial Day. “We were hoping for March or April, but things have moved a little slower than expected,” he said, referring to “bumps in the road along the way.”

The city slapped Island Water Park with a stop work order in November, alleging the developer was carrying out construction work on the site without site plan approval or building permits. Jefferson Murphree, building and planning administrator. Murphree said the developer carried out grading and drainage work and interior construction by pouring concrete for an indoor wave pool without a permit.

Everything has been rectified, Scott said today. “A Memorial Day opening is realistic.”

Scott also said property tax arrears of more than $182,000 would be paid. He said he had hoped the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency, which provided a 10-year property tax abatement for the project, would make the abatement retroactive, but IDA refused to do so.

The park is expected to attract 900,000 visitors a year, according to an economic impact analysis prepared for the applicant and filed with IDA.

“Everyone is going to love us,” Scott said today. “It will be a fun place to visit,” he said. “There is nothing like it and there is very little for children to do.”

Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar, who billed the facility as a “mini Disneyland” that will bring jobs and tourist dollars to the town of Riverhead, said in an interview today that she wished “good luck at Island Water Park.

“This project had been in the making for 22 years,” Aguiar said. “It took several different directions. I don’t own what happened there before. When I took over I was open-minded, looked into it and worked to try to resolve any issues they had in the past,” she said.

“Hopefully they keep the promises they made to the community, like making sure no sand is removed, everything is built to the site plan, and residents of Riverhead will get a discount. “, said Aguiar. .

Scott expressed his gratitude to City Council for the approvals. “I’m super happy with the new board,” he said today. “They don’t throw obstacles in front of us every step of the way.”

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City Council Grants Preliminary Site Plan Approval for 5-Story Building on Osborn Avenue

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Riverhead City Council on Tuesday granted preliminary site plan approval to the five-story mixed-use development building at 205 Osborn Avenue at the corner of Court Street, bringing the project closer to the revitalization of the distressed area with “transit- oriented development.

Council members voted unanimously to complete preliminary review of the proposed $19.6 million development, which would include 37 market-priced rental apartments – 24 one-bedroom units, 10 two-bedroom units bedrooms and three studios with ground-floor offices in the 41,867-square-foot, 50-foot-tall building. Construction also requires surface parking on the approximately half-acre site. Board members made no comment during the vote.

The development was the first proposed since the city adopted the Railroad Avenue Urban Renewal Area overlay district and transit-oriented development plan more than a year ago. The city council moved the project forward in September by assuming the project’s lead agency under the state’s Environmental Quality Review Act and determining that the project will have no environmental impacts. significant negative environmental effects.

The development is the second in Riverhead Town from Huntington-based G2D Group, which is also currently constructing a mark-to-market apartment building on West Main Street.

Over the past few months, the Osborn Avenue project has been reviewed by various boards and committees. The Zoning Appeal Board granted six of the nine zoning variances requested by the proponent for the project. The city demanded that the “volume” of the building be reduced by moving back the fifth floor of the building. An amended site plan is also intended to alleviate potential traffic congestion on Court Street.

The city held a public hearing on the site plan on Dec. 7, with some residents and organizations, including the Riverhead Free Library, raising concerns about the building’s impact on surrounding properties as well as the quality and the water supply. Others, including prominent downtown business leaders, have expressed support for the project.

According to the resolution granting preliminary site plan approval, the building will need to meet certain requirements before the Riverhead Water District will provide domestic water and fire protection to the site, including the installation of a new 4 inch domestic water service extended from existing. water main on Court Street; a new 6-inch water fire sprinkler service; a developer-funded upgrade to the existing iron water main along Osborn Avenue; and the replacement of two existing fire hydrants near the property.

The developers are also seeking financial assistance from the Industrial Development Agency, including an increased property tax abatement over 10 years, as well as a mortgage tax and sales/use tax exemption. The promoters said the project “would not be financially feasible” without IDA assistance.

City council did not discuss public comments or any elements of the project after the hearing in a public business session ahead of Tuesday’s meeting.

GD2 CEO Greg DeRosa said estimated apartment rents in the building would be around $2,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, around $2,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, and around $1,600 for a a studio.

Note to editors: A paragraph detailing information on the development that must meet certain requirements to be served by the Riverhead Water District has been added after the original publication.

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Southlake City Council approves site plan for new industrial warehouses

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The 23.6 acre site will contain three warehouses. (Courtesy of the Town of Southlake)

Southlake City Council has unanimously approved a site plan for a warehouse and office building project to be called Mustang Business Court.

The development would be built near Mustang Court and Ira E. Woods Avenue on 26.3 acres zoned industrial. Plans call for three warehouses totaling nearly 331,000 square feet of space, according to city documents.

The applicant, Jason Bengert of Brookfield Properties, presented the project at the February 1 council meeting.

Some residents expressed concern about potential road safety issues during public comments.

City Attorney Allen Taylor said the city’s consulting engineer has reviewed the area’s traffic system and believes it is within an acceptable range for this type of facility.

Ken Baker, director of planning and development services, also said city staff are reviewing the traffic study and are in communication with the City of Grapevine, which controls traffic lights in the area, to create safer traffic conditions.

The applicant also received a waiver of the city’s tree preservation ordinance, which requires that a minimum of 60% of the trees on the site be preserved. The approved deviation allowed the applicant to reduce it to 27.6% partly due to the poor condition of the trees, according to discussions. As part of the development, more than 900 new trees will be planted on the property, according to documents.

Sitemap for New West Bend OK’d Car Wash | Washington County Business News

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WEST BEND – The property at 2110 W. Washington St., immediately west of Pizza Ranch, is set to become a Tommy’s Express car wash as the Plan Commission unanimously approved the site plan for the land to redevelop.

The commission on Tuesday approved a site plan and certified survey map submitted by Steve Kilian Jr. for the property at 2110 W. Washington St.

The certified survey map was to adjust the lot line between the subject property where the car wash will be located and the neighboring Pizza Ranch lot to the east.

“Essentially this lot line is being moved east to expand this west lot,” said city business and development planner James Reinke.

The Plan Commission then took over the site plan for the redevelopment of 2110 W. Washington St. and approved it after a brief discussion.

According to site plan documents, the current building will be removed from the site and a new 4,552 square foot building will be constructed. The site plan showed four parking spaces for general activity and 12 vacuum spaces for parking customers to vacuum their vehicles.

The commissioners had several questions about the plan’s impact on traffic patterns. City Engineer Max Marechal said for vehicles entering and exiting, staff asked the developer to include markings and signage to ensure the vehicle is not blocking the lanes. He also briefly touched on the possibility of vehicles backing up while waiting for the car wash on peak days, as the 1.13-acre site limits vehicle traffic.

“We might see a queue on Washington Street,” Marechal said, though he noted that would likely be an exception to normal.

Kilian said the plan took into account a potentially large number. Of the three car wash lanes, only one is a traditional in-person payment lane; the other two lanes are handled by a phone app or license plate recognition, to work automatically and quickly for member business customers.

“We’re able to stack 27 cars before we’re on Washington Street,” Kilian said.

The commission also briefly discussed parking at the nearby Pizza Ranch. While the certified survey map moved the lane of the lot to Pizza Ranch, the site plan included a decrease in that business’s parking area and adjustments to the remaining space.

“Originally, there were 100 parking spaces at the Pizza Ranch. That’s down to 85 parking spaces,” Reinke said.

He said commission staff were not concerned about the decline in parking. He said that for the company’s normal and peak traffic, 85 booths should be enough.

In other matters, the commission also approved an amendment to the conditional use license for the miniature golf business at 601 E. Paradise Drive. The amendment added liquor sales and seasonal Christmas tree sales to the permit, while allowing hours to run until 11 p.m. daily, rather than closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

According to information in the meeting package, the consumption of alcohol will not be permitted in the batting cage area, or on the mini-golf course itself.

The sitemap process for Convalt will take several months

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Feb. 2 – HOUNSFIELD – The businessman who was planning to build a solar panel manufacturing plant near the airport received sobering news when he learned that the town’s planning council was n wouldn’t approve of the 350,000 square foot factory next month.

Planning Board Chair Yvonne M. Podvin told Hari Achuthan, CEO of Convalt Energy and DigiCollect, and members of her management team that the earliest it could be done would be May.

She warned him that the two companies still do not own the proposed business park land near Watertown International Airport on Route 12F in the town of Hounsfield.

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency must sell the land to Convalt before the project can receive site plan approval, she said.

Mr Achuthan said he was frustrated that the project had not moved forward, citing that National Grid had informed him that it would cost $19million and two years to bring power to the site.

“I can tell you right now that we are pregnant with complications,” he said. “It’s not easy to do that.”

After a few tense moments, both parties seemed to understand what they were going to do over the next few months to get the project approved.

“We are ready to work with you,” Mr. Achuthan said.

Michael Wiser, the company’s chief strategy officer, blamed himself for the misunderstanding, thinking the Planning Board approval process could take just two months.

A project of this size would normally take six to eight months or possibly longer, Ms Podvin said afterwards.

Company officials said they plan to return for the April 1 planning board meeting. By then, JCIDA will need to apply for a land division and the company will need to submit a full set of plans before the process can proceed.

After the meeting, Marshall Weir, deputy executive director of Jefferson County Economic Development, JCIDA’s sister organization, said he hoped the agency would approve a tax abatement project in March, which would allow the process to approval from the city to move forward.

Despite a delay in the process, Mr. Achuthan promised after the meeting that the solar manufacturing plant would be operational by the end of the year.

“Maybe part of the production, maybe not all of it, but part,” he said.

He also said the company would go it alone to power the site.

The solar manufacturing plant would initially employ between 200 and 210 workers, with 60 to 70 working per shift, Wiser said.

The company purchased equipment from a solar panel manufacturing plant in Oregon. The 115,000 pieces of equipment have been dismantled and all are packed and ready to be transported by rail to the north of the country, Mr Achuthan said.

He also recently offered to buy an old hydroelectric plant from the city to renovate it and use it for some of the plant’s energy.

If the project is fully developed, the Convalt plant could create 4,555 jobs in 10 years, according to the company.

Its sister company, DigiCollect, a software company that makes sensors for monitoring home networks and transmission lines, would also build a 50,000 square foot facility near the airport.

MPC approves site plan for apartment complex | Local News

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The Glynn County Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a site plan for a 272-unit apartment complex between Cate Road and I-95.

Called Vintage Brunswick, the project is being developed by Ridge Enterprises, Inc. and Georgia Land Group, Inc. The recently clearcut property is visible from I-95 near exit 38, where the freeway intersects Golden Isles Parkway.

Plans approved on Tuesday call for 272 apartments in 10 buildings served by 512 parking spaces. The site plan also includes a pavilion at the entrance to the complex.

Primary access to the resort will be via Capital Square Drive, which runs from Venture Drive to Perry Lane Road and terminates between La Quinta Inn & Suites and the Waffle House. The developer proposes to extend Capital Square Drive south towards the development site, which abuts the Sandalwood neighborhood.

Plans include an access road between the complex and South Teakwood Court in the adjacent neighborhood, but county planner Maurice Postal said the road would be for emergency vehicles only.

Final approval of the site plan would be contingent on the county’s Department of Community Development approving separate building applications for the Capital Square Drive extension.

Richard Strickland, a member of the MPC, did not see how the roads around the complex could accommodate the new traffic in their current configurations.

“How are you going to handle the traffic putting 272 units out there?” Traffic is already bad on Perry Lane Road,” Strickland said.

Wesley Franks of Roberts Civil Engineering spoke on behalf of the developers.

Franks said the developer was conducting a traffic study to determine how best to manage traffic. One option is to build a new road between Golden Isles Primary School and the neighborhood on East Street to allow direct access to Cate Road. New turning lanes and traffic lights on Perry Lane Road and Cate Road could also be offered as solutions, he said.

Strickland was still unconvinced that this option would be enough to solve traffic problems in the area.

“The only way it will work is if they perry Lane (road) to four lanes,” Strickland said.

He was prepared to approve the plan if the commission’s motion for approval included a condition that the developer be required to complete and submit the traffic plan to the county.

“We’re going to request a traffic study with every phase of (this project) that comes along,” Postal said.

The MPC unanimously approved the site plan on the condition that the Capital Square Drive extension application be approved and the developer be required to submit the traffic plan prior to construction.

MPC members also voted unanimously to approve a 7,200 square foot office and retail building on the corner of Alpine Court and Gateway Center Boulevard, behind Cheddars Scratch Kitchen.

A concept plan indicated that the building would feature construction similar to that of the Monkey Wrench bicycle shop on St. Simons Island.

Franks, who also represented the commercial building’s developer, said his clients were not ready to reveal which business or businesses might occupy the building.

In other business, the MPC has approved an application to rezon a property on the corner of Nix Lane and Granville Nix Lane to allow the construction of four duplexes and a site plan for a commercial warehouse at 128 Peek Road.

The final action item on the commission’s agenda was an amendment to the zoning ordinance to clarify how the county measures the height of buildings in a floodplain.

This would effectively reduce the maximum building height in the Resort Residential Zone, RR, on St. Simons Island from 45 feet to 35 feet. All RR zoned properties are on or immediately adjacent to Ocean Boulevard at the south end of the island.

Commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the Glynn County Commission reject the amendment due to concerns over whether the amendment would allow buildings destroyed by natural causes to be rebuilt to previous specifications.

The amendment was initiated by Glynn County Commissioner Cap Fendig, who represents St. Simons Island, as a way to reduce potential residential density on the island. Population growth on the island causes major traffic jams that quickly become a public safety issue.

Planning officer Stefanie Lief said the county isn’t sure how many properties will be affected by the zoning change.

MPC member Missy Neu asked how many buildings in the area were taller than 35 feet, which Lief did not know.

County Attorney Aaron Mumford said all buildings taller than 35 feet would be classified as “lawful nonconforming” structures.

“‘Grandfathering-in’ is another term for legal non-compliance,” Mumford said.

Neu said she was supportive of the new restrictions, but also worried that owners of non-compliant buildings could not rebuild to previous specifications if they were lost to an “act of God”, such as fire. Mumford said those concerns have been addressed in changes to previous orders and may be addressed in this one.

As he applauded what Fendig was trying to do, Strickland said he felt like it was a short-term, short-term approach.

“It’s not a band-aid approach,” Fendig said. “It’s something I ran to approach density on the island with a methodical approach. It’s one of many things I’ve studied for many years.

“There are a variety of ways to curb growth on the island so we can enjoy the quality of life.”

He also hopes that new regulations, among others that he plans to introduce to restrict the number of “bedrooms” in a residential building, will also slow the growth of short-term rentals on the island, which he says will contribute significantly to the circulation problem.

“I think it’s a great first step,” Fendig said.

While she doesn’t oppose it in principle, Neu would have liked the amendment to be part of the larger zoning overhaul the county is engaged in with consultant TSW Design.

MPC member Bill Edgy moved a motion to approve the amendment as is, which failed 2-4. Edgy and MPC member Bo Clark voted in favor while Neu, Strickland, chairwoman Sherrye Gibbs and MPC member Darrell Dawson voted against.

A motion to deny passed 4-2, with Clark and Edgy voting against the motion and the other committee members voting in favor.

The sitemap process for Convalt will take several months | Business

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HOUNSFIELD – The businessman who planned to build a solar panel manufacturing plant near the airport received sobering news when he learned the planning council would not approve the plant of 350,000 square feet next month.

Planning Board Chair Yvonne M. Podvin told Hari Achuthan, CEO of Convalt Energy and DigiCollect, and members of her management team that the earliest it could be done would be May.

She warned him that the two companies still do not own the proposed business park land near Watertown International Airport on Route 12F in the town of Hounsfield.

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency must sell the land to Convalt before the project can receive site plan approval, she said.

Mr Achuthan said he was frustrated that the project had not moved forward, citing that National Grid had informed him that it would cost $19million and two years to bring power to the site.

“I can tell you right now that we are pregnant with complications,” he said. “It’s not easy to do that.”

After a few tense moments, both parties seemed to understand what they were going to do over the next few months to get the project approved.

“We are ready to work with you,” Mr. Achuthan said.

Michael Wiser, the company’s chief strategy officer, blamed himself for the misunderstanding, thinking the Planning Board approval process could take just two months.

A project of this size would normally take six to eight months or possibly longer, Ms Podvin said afterwards.

Company officials said they plan to return for the April 1 planning board meeting. By then, JCIDA will need to apply for a land division and the company will need to submit a full set of plans before the process can proceed.

After the meeting, Marshall Weir, deputy executive director of Jefferson County Economic Development, JCIDA’s sister organization, said he hoped the agency would approve a tax abatement project in March, which would allow the process to approval from the city to move forward.

Despite a delay in the process, Mr. Achuthan promised after the meeting that the solar manufacturing plant would be operational by the end of the year.

“Maybe part of the production, maybe not all of it, but part,” he said.

He also said the company would go it alone to power the site.

The solar manufacturing plant would initially employ between 200 and 210 workers, with 60 to 70 working per shift, Wiser said.

The company purchased equipment from a solar panel manufacturing plant in Oregon. The 115,000 pieces of equipment have been dismantled and all are packed and ready to be transported by rail to the north of the country, Mr Achuthan said.

He also recently offered to buy an old hydroelectric plant from the city to renovate it and use it for some of the plant’s energy.

If the project is fully developed, the Convalt plant could create 4,555 jobs in 10 years, according to the company.

Its sister company, DigiCollect, a software company that makes sensors for monitoring home networks and transmission lines, would also build a 50,000 square foot facility near the airport.

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Layout plan for proposed warehouses in Berryville pending | Winchester star

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BERRYVILLE — A developer’s project to build three 60,000 square foot commercial warehouses along Jack Enders Boulevard is on hold.

On Wednesday evening, the Berryville Area Development Authority (BADA) postponed review of a site plan for the second time. LGV Group LLC requested the deferral as it strives to meet Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) expectations.

As specified by an agreement between the localities, BADA advises the Clarke County Board of Supervisors and the Berryville City Council on land use issues involving an area targeted for possible annexation to the city.

The warehouses would be built on 12½ acres adjacent to Clarke County Business Park. The property is already zoned for business park uses.

Following a public hearing in early December, the authority initially postponed consideration of the site plan application because full details of how the warehouses would affect their surroundings were not yet available.

During the hearing, some residents of the nearby Berryville Glen subdivision expressed concerns that large trucks serving the warehouses could cause traffic and safety issues.

BADA continued the hearing until February 23, when it now aims to review the site plan.

“Hopefully everything will be ready by then,” said Berryville Community Development Manager Christy Dunkle, a BADA staff member.

Sterling-based LGV operates a business on nearby Station Road where metal windows and doors are made. The company aims to use one of the warehouses for assembly and storage and rent the other two.

LGV received initial feedback from DEQ on the warehouse layout earlier this month. The department requested more geotechnical testing, and it was done, property manager Lara Dunlap said in a recent letter to the authority.

Geotechnics refers to a component of civil engineering concerned with the materials of the earth, such as rocks and soil.

A DEQ representative “assured that they would have a formal review of the revised site plan (incorporating all geotechnical recommendations) completed by early February,” Dunlap wrote.

LGV is looking for tenants for the two warehouses it will not be using. Dunkle said she doesn’t know the status of that effort.

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools student high school, stadium site plan options

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Three site plan options are being considered for the new $158 million Gahanna Lincoln High School, with a decision expected in February.

District officials, DLR Group and Construction Ruscilli met with neighbors near the high school, with the final meeting and options presented Jan. 12.

After further deliberations with the community at large and the senior facilities planning committee, Judy Hengstebeck, district communications coordinator, said Superintendent Steve Barrett plans to recommend a site plan to the school board in February.

Following:Gahanna-Jefferson will focus on building additions, relationships and staffing in 2022

She said Option 1, also called Option A, was an original design shown to the community.

She said Option 2 (B) is similar to a plan presented earlier, but in this design the building has been reversed so that the entrance faces the neighborhood rather than the rear of the building. Option 3 (C) is a new design.

The priorities the neighbors wanted in the design options included keeping the current stadium, keeping the school one room, maximizing sound/noise buffer, 3 story building, maximizing green space, retaining the veterans memorial, retaining the current auditorium, a buffer natural landscape, a traffic light, and moving the stadium to another location.

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Paul Lawton, architect of the DLR Group, said an effort had been made to come up with designs taking into account the neighbours’ objectives.

“A traffic light is beyond our design power,” he said. “I think moving the stadium totally offsite, at the time I think the context was sort of in the Blacklick area. It’s going to be pretty tough, but we made it in option C. A third one that was a bit out of our hands right now was guarding the auditorium. The other seven, however, we did our best to accommodate.

Keeping the stadium in its current location is option B(2), Lawton said.

“We kept the position of the current stadium,” he said. “What we did was we took the floor plan of the building and mirrored it from east to west and then moved it to the east side of this stadium so that the relationship between the stadium and the building remains the same. There are synergies there that we have tried to keep, and we think it works from that point of view. The one-class school, we have approached it. In this one, we moved it to the west of the stadium. Coming down Hamilton, you would see it at the back of those bleachers.

Lawton said the building would help act as a buffer against sound and noise in this plan.

As designers, he said, they try to minimize the footprint of the entire high school, so the building is 3 stories tall.

“The southern and northern parts are the gymnasiums and auditoriums, so these will naturally be 2 stories, but the main core of the building where the academic wings are – it’s a 3 story space,” Lawton said. “No. 5 (priority) is to maximize green space. As you know from the metrics we’ve shared, we have parking counts that we need to meet, based on code occupancy/gathering rates from the city to the auditorium/gym etc. We tried, of course, that’s our intention, we love greenery as much as you do, so we’ve done our best to maximize that.

He said all three options retain the veterans’ memorial.

This natural landscape area is increased along this eastern border in Option B.

“We think we did our best with the square footage of the building, the number of parking spaces we had to keep the stadium where they are,” he said. “The bus traffic is similar to the first diagram. We have tried to divide this traffic so that the buses come from the south, your student parking comes from west to north, and you have your staff parking and the deposit of relatives in the east.

The new option, Option C, is an attempt to move the stadium to another site.

“It was our attempt to get the best of both worlds,” Lawton said. “If we had a blank page, it might be close to what we would have found. We really did our best to achieve as many of these goals as possible: increase your border, separate parking and car traffic. This relocates the stadium to the southwest. All three have advantages and disadvantages. We intend to provide options and consider the district to present in the future. »

Frank Pinciotti, Ruscilli Construction project manager, said Option A would be to build the new stadium first.

“In this way, the current use of the stadium would only be affected by one year,” he said. “So the teams would find other places to play. We have to build the new building at the same time as we build the new stadium. »

He said options A and B would affect the use of the stadium for about a year, while the high school would be without a stadium for more than four years under option C, and it would cost about 3.5 million. dollars more.

Terry Rippl, a 44-year-old resident, said he thought the district answered questions well with the information available. He said he knew a school was near his home when he moved to the neighborhood.

“When there’s a football game and there’s a touchdown, we hear a roar,” Rippl said. “It’s not a big deal.”

He said he was satisfied with the maximization of green spaces.

Southwind Drive resident Judy Brown said she was surprised the district offered two other options.

“My preference is the one that doesn’t move the stadium, B. It looks like they’ve considered the requests,” she said.

The day after the meeting, resident Ginny Evans said she spent quite a bit of time thinking about the three proposals.

“I was pleased to see that the district listened to neighbors’ concerns and presented two additional options for the footprint design,” she said. “Personally, with the information I currently have, I would rule out Option A because no one should be as directly negatively impacted by having a stadium so close to their property as the neighbors of Saverne Place would be.”

At first, Evans said, she thought Option B sounded good.

“But upon further inspection and discussion, I realized that separating the student parking lot from the school building was not a good option,” she said. “Students would need to walk around the stadium to enter the school building, and the student parking lot is not visible from the building. I don’t think that’s a good thing as far as overall school security and logistics are concerned.

Evans said Option C appears to be the best long-term option.

“It’s a shame there won’t be a football stadium for four years, but when I focus on the overall lifespan of the new building/campus and general academic and safety issues, I think “they take precedence over short term athletics. program interruptions. Option C is also more expensive due to the time it takes to complete the whole project. However, although I don’t want to see the district spending money on unnecessary things (like moving the one room schoolhouse to High Street) I think it would be wise to spend the extra money doing what will give us the most benefit per relation to the life of the new building.

Pinciotti said there weren’t a lot of details in the schematic design phase.

“The next phase is called design development, when they get into the details – the walls, the partitions, the finishes – and get more detailed, but not to the extent that we could actually put it on the street and bid,” Pinciotti said. “We do another check of the cost of the development drawings of the design. This is evaluated. When this is approved, there may be a cost reduction exercise to remove certain things or specify certain things that are less dear.

Pinciotti said the next step would be construction documents.

“These, when they’re done, we can go out on the street and bid on them with some contractors and work out the actual costs,” he said. “There are these checks and balances along the way to make sure we don’t design the Taj Mahal when we can’t afford it.

Deputy Superintendent Jill Elliott said Gahanna Lincoln High School has about 2,400 students and a replacement Lincoln High School at the current site could accommodate 2,800 students.

Elliott said high school staff provided input in a variety of ways throughout the design process and will be more engaged in the coming months as the floor plan is finalized and the discussion moves to the spaces. interiors.

She said the goal is to open the new high school for the 2024-25 school year.

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Consolidated Restaurant and Nursing Facility Receive Site Plan Approval in the Netherlands

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HOLLAND – Two new developments are progressing in South Holland.

The first, a mixed-use development that will serve as the new home of the Grand King Buffet and the Shanghai Grill and Bar, received its third site plan approval from the Holland Planning Commission on Tuesday, January 11.

Following:Shanghai Grill moves across the street to a mixed-use development

Following:Goog’s Pub announces it will return to Holland in a mixed-use development

The mixed-use development on 32nd Street will include a restaurant and banquet space, as well as residential apartments.

The 421 E 32nd St. site plan had previously been approved in 2019 and then again in 2020 after developers reduced the number of residential units. The latest iteration of the plan outlines a step-by-step process, with one building constructed in 2022 and another if finances permit.

The building planned for this year includes a 13,500 square foot restaurant and banquet center, as well as four apartments totaling approximately 5,500 square feet. In 2019, developers told the planning commission that the restaurant would consolidate the Grand King Buffet and Shanghai Grill and Bar, replacing existing locations at 661 E 24th St. and 442 E 32nd St.

The project applicant owns the two restaurants. Shanghai Grill and Bar opened in 2015, offering take-out and lunch and dinner options, including sushi.

The approximately 3-acre lot sits at the corner of 32nd Street and Hastings Avenue, a few lots from a similar mixed-use development at the old Goog’s Pub.

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The second phase will feature a mix of retail and apartment space in a 15,000 square foot addition. The plan is significantly larger than the 14,000 square foot total at 667 Hastings Ave. – where Goog’s Pub will reopen in a downsized space. This building will include nine residential apartments and a grocery and beverage market, in addition to the restaurant.

The Avenue at Holland, a planned retirement home for 16th Street, received unanimous site plan approval on Tuesday, January 11 from the Holland Planning Commission.

Commissioners also approved a site plan for a nursing home at 897 E. 16th St. The one-story facility, titled The Avenue at Holland, will have 100 patient rooms, two courtyards and a daycare on site for employees.

Construction on the 84,725 square foot facility is expected to begin in 2022, and the developers hope to open in late summer 2023.

— Contact journalist Cassandra Lybrink at [email protected]. Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.

Consolidated Restaurant and Nursing Facility Receives Holland Site Plan Approval

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The owner of the Grand King Buffet and Shanghai Bar and Grill plans to consolidate the restaurants into a new mixed-use development on 32nd Street.

HOLLAND – Two new developments are progressing in South Holland.

The first, a mixed-use development that will serve as the new home of the Grand King Buffet and the Shanghai Grill and Bar, received its third site plan approval from the Holland Planning Commission on Tuesday, January 11.

Following: Shanghai Grill moves across the street to a mixed-use development

Following: Goog’s Pub announces it will return to Holland in a mixed-use development

The mixed-use development on 32nd Street will include a restaurant and banquet space, as well as residential apartments.

The mixed-use development on 32nd Street will include a restaurant and banquet space, as well as residential apartments.

The 421 E 32nd St. site plan had previously been approved in 2019 and then again in 2020 after developers reduced the number of residential units. The latest iteration of the plan outlines a step-by-step process, with one building constructed in 2022 and another if finances permit.

The building planned for this year includes a 13,500 square foot restaurant and banquet center, as well as four apartments totaling approximately 5,500 square feet. In 2019, developers told the planning commission that the restaurant would consolidate the Grand King Buffet and Shanghai Grill and Bar, replacing existing locations at 661 E 24th St. and 442 E 32nd St.

The project applicant owns the two restaurants. Shanghai Grill and Bar opened in 2015, offering take-out and lunch and dinner options, including sushi.

The approximately 3-acre lot sits at the corner of 32nd Street and Hastings Avenue, a few lots from a similar mixed-use development at the old Goog’s Pub.

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The second phase will feature a mix of retail and apartment space in a 15,000 square foot addition. The plan is significantly larger than the 14,000 square foot total at 667 Hastings Ave. – where Goog’s Pub will reopen in a downsized space. This building will include nine residential apartments and a grocery and beverage market, in addition to the restaurant.

The Avenue at Holland, a planned retirement home for 16th Street, received unanimous site plan approval on Tuesday, January 11 from the Holland Planning Commission.

The Avenue at Holland, a planned retirement home for 16th Street, received unanimous site plan approval on Tuesday, January 11 from the Holland Planning Commission.

Commissioners also approved a site plan for a nursing home at 897 E. 16th St. The one-story facility, titled The Avenue at Holland, will have 100 patient rooms, two courtyards and a daycare on site for employees.

Construction on the 84,725 square foot facility is expected to begin in 2022, and the developers hope to open in late summer 2023.

— Contact journalist Cassandra Lybrink at [email protected] Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.

This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Consolidated Restaurant and Nursing Facility Receive Site Plan Approval in the Netherlands

Rivian sitemap revealed | News

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The long-awaited site plan for Rivian Automotive’s new multi-billion dollar electric car manufacturing plant in Stanton Springs North was released this week.

Rivian’s new site plan paints a stark picture of how unprecedented the massive plant will be when fully built, spanning 2,000 acres in Morgan and Walton counties.

“We’ve never seen anything like it here,” said Walton County Economic Development Manager Shane Short.

The vast green pastures of the former Verner and Bowden family farmlands in Rutledge will soon be covered in concrete, becoming the hub of industrial development heading into Rutledge town centre.

“Many of Rivian’s buildings will be built on former Verner family farmland and Bowden family farmland,” Short said. “This will help preserve some of the green spaces and wetlands closer to I-20 and US Highway 278. The plant will be approximately three miles from the town of Rutledge.”

According to the recently released site plan, approximately 13 million square feet of the Rivian plant will be built in Morgan County. The total project requires up to 20 million square feet of construction space.

Rivian’s new plant could be up to 20 times larger than Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Stanton Springs plant, which is 1 million square feet. Even Kia’s West Point, Georgia plant is just 2.2 million square feet.

For a visual comparison, 20 million square feet of building space equals 347 football fields. It would be three times bigger than Disneyland and four times bigger than Vatican City.

In addition to manufacturing warehouses and office buildings, roads, parking lots, access points and stormwater management areas will also be constructed in Morgan County for the project.

Rivian will invest up to $5 billion in the new plant, generate 7,500 jobs and produce 400,000 electric vehicles per year when fully operational. Details of the site plan were revealed after Morgan County Planning Director Chuck Jarrell filed two Developmental Regional Impact (DRI) statements with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, as the requires the law for the project to go ahead.

Jarrell said the Joint Development Authority (JDA) expects to earn $100 million in local tax revenue each year from Rivian’s development, which will be split among Morgan, Walton, Newton and Jasper counties, as well as the City of Social Circle.

Jarrell also noted that Rivian’s development will affect 26 landowners who control 43 parcels of land in Morgan and Walton counties. Short said all owners involved voluntarily sold their land to the JDA, and no eminent domain was used to acquire land for the Rivian development.

The site plan also calls for major roadworks in and around the Rivian Automotive plant. Jarrell said a traffic study will be conducted in the near future to determine all the details.

Going forward, the site plan calls for the construction of a new exit off I-20 to Old Mill Road in Rutledge. Other improvements include widening US Highway 278 and connecting Old Mill Road to Highway 278.

Short believes the Rivian plant will bring significant benefits to the people of Morgan County and beyond, while becoming a force for environmental protection and stewardship.

“In all my years of economic development, this is the greenest company I have ever encountered. Their mission is to reduce the carbon footprint of our world,” Short said. “But we’re very excited about the jobs it will bring to the region…Rivian will provide generational career opportunities and benefits for thousands of families.”

Short and JDA members held a community meeting at Social Circle Middle School on Tuesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the new site plan and other details of Rivian Automotive’s development. At press time, details of the reunion were not yet available.

Leaked site plan shows how Rivian could build up to 20 million square feet in Georgia

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Rivian’s RS1 SUV model, which debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Electric car maker Rivian’s plans for a $5 billion assembly plant include nearly 20 million square feet of development in Stanton Springs, a 2,000-acre economic development megasite about 50 miles east from Atlanta.

As part of the landmark investment, the electric vehicle company could build a test track for its vehicles, wooded “adventure trails” and space for research and development, according to a leaked site plan. published on the Rivian Forum website. News of the sitemap was first reported by the Electrek green energy information site.

The logo of Savannah-based engineering firm Thomas & Hutton appears on the aerial render. Calls to the company have not been returned at press time.

The rumored sitemap closely matches what the company previously revealed about its assembly plant in a recent filing with the Georgian Ministry of Community Affairs, which requested a total of 20 million square feet of assembly and auxiliary buildings. But the documents offered more specific details about the campus, including 13 buildings, the adventure course and a test track.

Rivian wouldn’t be Georgia’s first car test track. The Porsche Cars North America headquarters next to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport includes a customer experience center with a test track. There are no details on what the adventure trail entails, such as whether it would be accessible to the public or only to Rivian workers or whether it would be pedestrian or a path to test the models of SUVs that Rivian plans to produce at the plant.

Other details on the site plan include 144 charging stations, a 100K SF event facility, outdoor amenity spaces and a 2.5M SF research and development facility. In one current filing with the state, Rivian also outlined road improvements for his project, including a new interchange at Old Mill Road and Interstate 20, as well as improvements and widening of the Interstate 278 interchange. The state previously announced plans to build a technical school on campus to train future workers.

California-based Rivian, founded in 2009, went public in November and has a market cap of more than $85 billion, but has yet to make a profit. Prior to its IPO, Rivian was a darling of the electric vehicle industry, attracting investment from Amazon, Ford and Cox Automotive. Experts say Rivian is part of a new generation of automakers aimed at an industry that is set to see tremendous growth over the next few years.

Rivian plans to hire 7,500 people. Once fully operational, state officials said Rivian would be able to produce up to 400,000 vehicles per year. Construction of the facility is expected to begin this summer with production expected to begin in 2024.

Site plan approved for housing development, seniors’ residence in Macomb Township

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A site plan was approved last month for Hampton Manor in Macomb. The area is on the north side of 24 Mile Road, west of Romeo Plank Road. The senior residence development would include an assisted living building and a memory care wing.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


MACOMB TOWNSHIP – At its final meeting of 2021, the Macomb Township Planning Commission gave approval for a subdivision, seniors’ residence and more.

At the December 20 meeting, a revised final plan was recommended for approval for Wellington Estates. Planning director Josh Bocks said the plan was approved several months ago.

“Wellington West is the neighboring development that has also been approved,” he said. “From the time it was approved, Wellington Estates has acquired the property which is just south of this area.”

It is on the south side of 24 Mile Road, a quarter mile east of Romeo Plank Road. It is zoned urban single-family residential and has 146 lots. The applicant proposed to add three lots on the south side, bringing the total to 149 lots.

The commission also approved a planned unit development/general design for Freemont. It would be at the southeast corner of 21 Mile and Card roads.

Mario Izzi of MJC Companies said a purchase agreement had been reached with a gas station and a car wash. He is in the final stages of entering into a long-term lease agreement with Valvoline. It is possible that a daycare will be part of the development.

In other planning news, a site plan has been approved for Macomb’s Hampton Manor. The area is on the northwest corner of 24 Mile and Garfield Roads, just west of Macomb Lutheran North. The senior residence development would include an assisted living building and a memory care wing.

Regarding residents’ concerns about drainage and the Howard Drain, Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said the Macomb County Office of Public Works has strict building standards that must be adhered to.

“The township usually follows their standard because they are the ones dictating how much water they will accept down that drain,” he said.

The drain travels from approximately 24 Mile and Romeo Plank roads to 25 Mile and Hayes roads.

Resident Matt Dery said he was completely against the development.

“It’s a mess,” he said. “There are still additional changes to the proposed site plan, including the escape route, which is just across the fence from our homes in the supposed green space.”

After stating that there is a Hampton mansion in Shelby Township about five miles from the Macomb Township site, Dery asked the commission why there was a need for an additional similar property.

Also at the meeting, Supervisor Frank Viviano made a presentation, thanking members Nunzio Provenzano and Jasper Sciuto for their service to the township. It was their last meeting and they received an award from Macomb Township for their service. Provenzano served 15 years on the commission and Sciuto served for 14 years.


Site map approved for Hy-Vee grocery store

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By Kevin Boneske

ASHWAUBENON – A site map for an Iowa-based supermarket chain having a retail grocery store inside the old Shopko in Bay Park Square was approved on Tuesday, Jan. 4 by the village sitemap review committee.

Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said Hy-Vee will maintain the existing 125,000 square foot building footprint with some facade upgrades.

He said there would be two drive-thru points on the north side of the buildings, one for a “click and choose” location, where groceries ordered online can be picked up, and the other for the pharmacy.

Schuette said the west side of the building facing Oneida Street will have a patio at the south end for a bar and food court.

He said an additional condition of approval requires Hy-Vee and Simon Property Group, which operates the mall, to continue working on the details of the parking lot.

Schuette said Hy-Vee will need to submit a separate sign permit application for review and modification of the unit’s planned development, if necessary.

“The revision of the site plan does not take into account the signage,” he said. “Signage will be authorized separately and all approvals beyond, if necessary. “

John Brehm, director of site planning at Hy-Vee, said in December that the company plans to open the grocery store this fall.

“Typical opening hours are 6 am to midnight,” Brehm said. “We anticipate that the store will employ 100 full-time and 300 part-time employees. “

The village council previously approved a Class B beer / Class B alcohol permit for a bar / dining room / patio at this location.

The company also applied for a Class A beer / Class A alcohol license to allow the sale of wine and spirits in the grocery store for off-premises alcohol consumption.

Bruce County EMS Headquarters Plan in Port Elgin Gets Site Plan Approval

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Bruce County has approved a site plan for a new nine-bay Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters to be constructed adjacent to the Bruce County Public Library building at the corner of Concession 10 and from MacKenzie Road. in Port Elgin.

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Saugeen Shores Town Planning Supervisor Jay Pausner told councilor meeting via Zoom on January 10 that approval of the site plan is contingent on a minor exemption request from Bruce County which will be heard on January 17. the Zoning By-law of the Town of Saugeen Shores. The county wants to increase the width of the lane from 10 meters to 18.5 meters and build three lanes that would not be permitted without a minor exemption.

Com. Dave Myette said the proposed EMS building is a “beautiful looking” development that will add to the first responder center in the area and possibly foster relationships with the nearby Saugeen Shores Police Department.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau said that not only will the new facility be located in Saugeen Shores, but it will also become the headquarters of Bruce County EMS.

“It is a really positive development for the Town of Saugeen Shores to have our Bruce County EMS senior management now located in Saugeen Shores…” said Charbonneau, adding that in addition to the employment benefits, this also makes Saugeen Shores “a bit of a hub” for EMS services in the region.

Last year, as plans for the new EMS HQ were underway, Bruce County Council accepted a recommendation from its Paramedic Services Committee to extend the two-year lease for its current building in the Green Street in Port Elgin. According to EMS staff, the 33-year-old rodent-infected building is overcrowded and unable to handle the length of the new ambulances.

The Bruce County website states that the Bruce County Paramedic Service employs approximately 100 full-time and part-time paramedics and operates a fleet of 15 vehicles – 12 ambulances and three supervision units stationed in six communities in County of Bruce – Walkerton, Chesley, Kincardine, Port Elgin, Wiarton and Tobermory – who are deployed when and where needed.

This vacant site, owned by Bruce County, at the southwest corner of Concession 10 and MacKenzie Road. in Port Elgin, will house the proposed Bruce County EMS headquarters, valued at $ 4 million. [Town of Saugeen Shores]

Sitemap and Service Agreement for Cedar Crescent Village

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Within three months, developers of the Village of Cedar Crescent development must apply for planning permission for phase one of its multi-million dollar project on land in the waterfront town of Port Elgin, otherwise the city ​​could terminate or suspend an agreement that has just been approved by the councilors and force the developer to resubmit the plans and drawings for approval.


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Councilors for the town of Saugeen Shores approved site works, servicing agreements and lease amendments, and viewed new renderings – the third iteration – of Cedar Crescent Village (CCV) during a virtual committee of the entire meeting on January 10.

The CCV plan is very different from what council approved in principle two years ago – it’s smaller, moved farther from the beach and doesn’t include a banquet hall, volleyball courts or staffed tourist office.

The phased development on the former mini-golf, train station and flea market grounds includes the Whitefish Grille with a rooftop terrace, pavilion, two-story market, restrooms and commercial tenants, including an ice cream shop.

Planning supervisor Jay Pausner noted that the developers had not yet approved the terms of the report which were presented to councilors as staff recommendations. He said CCV’s target opening is August 2023.

Architect Grant Diemert’s latest renderings – which aimed for “coastal architecture” – show buildings in sandy white with pre-finished panels and slatted wood siding and metal siding and roofs.

The design misses the mark for Coun. Cheryl who said the City needs to ensure the project supports the overall character of the design.

“This is a legacy project and I think we need to get this design right…” Grace said, explaining her opposition to site works and the maintenance agreement.

Grace said the proposed design is not in keeping with the coastal character and vision she believes most residents of Saugeen Shores want.


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“I believe we can have growth and development without sacrificing what makes Saugeen Shores a special and beloved destination, whether for tourists or for those who want to make our town their forever home,” said Grace.

Grace also expressed concern over references to “Carney Lane retail outlets” and a reference to the carnival atmosphere in an architectural brief submitted by the developer.

She said the brief indicates that the vision presented by the group of community representatives should ideally “express the freedom and hedonistic temptations of carnival, as well as the stability and organizational structure of seaside Georgian Revival architecture.”

“I believe the majority of residents don’t want a carnival beach-side atmosphere like the references in the report to the Santa Monica Pier and locations in Florida, Grand Bend or Sauble Beach,” said Grace, adding that she hoped the developers would “submit a different design that reflects what citizens have been asking for from the start.

Grace said her vision resembled the Cobble Beach Golf development north of Owen Sound with its features of cedar shingles, gabled windows and soft colors reminiscent of Nantucket.

Deputy Mayor Don Matheson called it a ‘great’ design that has been scaled down and will modernize Port Elgin’s main beach

Deputy Vice Mayor Mike Myatt said he lost sleep over the development and he urges homeowners who will lose their view of the lake. He added that it would take a long time to mend a divided community, but the development would clean up the “eye sore” of Port Elgin’s waterfront.


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“It was a heartbreaking decision…I think once this is built we will have quite a successful development on our beachfront…” Myatt said.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau recognized the difficulty of defining the aesthetics of a private project on the public domain, because to some extent it is a matter of taste and public consultation.

Charbonneau noted the evolution of the design since it was first presented in 2019, calling it “radically” different from the bricks of the first design to an intermediate design and now the third major iteration to try to integrate the vision.

“I’m happy with the design. I know this will satisfy some and not satisfy others, but I’m confident it’s being done for good reason and solid justification and I’m absolutely confident it will be a nice set up on the main beach that will provide in the end the amenities that I’ve been hearing for so long that people want to see at the main beach…” said Charbonneau.

Staff said the City is responsible for providing parking outside areas leased to CCV, work that will be done in 2022-23. As the site will be a destination of choice, the City wants quality landscaping.

Pausner said CCV will pay a $150,000 “taxation” or contribution to the city to help pay for some of the future landscaping, pedestrian connectivity and active transportation on adjacent city lands.

The councilors voted 6 to 2 in favor of the works and site servicing agreement.
With advice. Grace, counselor. Matt Carr voted against approval. He had not responded to a request for comment within the time limits.

Architects renderings show the latest conceptual design for the village of Cedar Crescent on the Port Elgin waterfront.  City councilors approved site works and the servicing plan on January 10 for private development on City-owned land. [Diermert Architect Inc.]
Architects renderings show the latest conceptual design for the village of Cedar Crescent on the Port Elgin waterfront. City councilors approved site works and the servicing plan on January 10 for private development on City-owned land. [Diermert Architect Inc.]



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Rivian site plan unveiled reveals unprecedented size for historic development near Rutledge | News

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The long-awaited site plan for Rivian Automotive’s new multibillion-dollar electric car manufacturing plant in Stanton Springs North was released this week.

Rivian’s new site plan paints a startling picture of the unprecedented scale of the massive factory when fully constructed, spanning 2,000 acres in Morgan and Walton counties.

“We’ve never seen anything like it here,” said Shane Short, Walton County economic development director.

The expansive green pastures of former Verner family and Bowden family farmland in Rutledge will soon be covered with concrete, becoming the hub of industrial development heading into downtown Rutledge.

“A lot of Rivian’s buildings will be built on former Verner family farmland and Bowden family farmland,” Short said. “This will help preserve some of the green space and wetlands closer to I-20 and US Highway 278. The plant will be approximately three miles from the town of Rutledge.”

According to the recently released sitemap, approximately 13 million square feet of the Rivian plant will be built in Morgan County. The total project requires up to 20 million square feet of construction space.

Rivian’s new plant could be up to 20 times the size of Takeda’s pharmaceutical plant in Stanton Springs, which spans 1 million square feet. Even the Kia plant in West Point, Georgia is just 2.2 million square feet.

For a visual comparison, 20 million square feet of construction space represents 347 football fields. It would be three times the size of Disneyland and four times the size of Vatican City.

In addition to manufacturing warehouses and office buildings, roads, parking lots, access points and stormwater management areas will also be built in Morgan County for the project.

Rivian will invest up to $ 5 billion in the new plant, generate 7,500 jobs and produce 400,000 electric vehicles per year when fully operational. Site plan details were revealed after Morgan County Planning Director Chuck Jarrell filed two Regional Impact Development (DRI) statements with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, as the demands the law to move the project forward.

Jarrell said the Joint Development Authority (JDA) expects to earn $ 100 million in local tax revenue each year through the development of Rivian, which will be split among Morgan, Walton, Newton and Jasper counties, as well as the town of Social Circle.

Jarrell also noted that the development of Rivian will affect 26 landowners who control 43 plots of land in Morgan and Walton counties. Short said each landowner involved voluntarily sold their land to the JDA and no prominent estates were used to acquire land for Rivian development.

The site plan also provides for major road works in and around the Rivian Automotive plant. Jarrell has indicated that a traffic survey will be conducted in the near future to determine all the details.

As of now, the site plan calls for the construction of a new exit off I-20 to Old Mill Road in Rutledge. Other improvements include widening US Highway 278 and connecting Old Mill Road to Highway 278.

Short believes the Rivian plant will provide significant benefits to residents of Morgan County and beyond, and become a force for environmental protection and stewardship.

“In all my years of economic development, this is the greenest company I have ever come across. Their mission is to reduce the carbon footprint of our world, ”said Short. “But we are very excited about the jobs this will bring to the region… Rivian will provide career opportunities and generational benefits to thousands of families.”

Short and members of the JDA held a community meeting at Social Circle Middle School on Tuesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the new site map and other details of Rivian Automotive’s development. At the time of going to press, details of the meeting were not yet available.

Kitty Hawk Planning Board Reviews Setbacks, Lot Coverage, and Retail Sitemap – The Coastland Times

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At its last meeting in 2021 on December 16, the Kitty Hawk Planning Council reconsidered a proposed zoning change, reduced the setback distance for some commercial lots, changed the definition of lot coverage, and considered a retail business development site map.

Due to the absence of members, an earlier recommendation vote on a proposal to allow multi-family dwellings with a maximum density of 14 housing units per acre as a special use in planned commercial developments (PCD) s ‘is a tie at 2-2. City council sent him back for another review and recommendation ahead of a public hearing scheduled for January 10.

According to Planning and Inspections Director Rob Testerman, PCDs are intended to provide developers with design flexibility and greater land use efficiency. Currently, multi-family dwellings are permitted with a maximum density of 10 dwellings per acre in Districts BC-1 and BC-2.

The requirement with the current demand for at least five contiguous acres with no less than 500 feet of total road frontage on US Highway 158 or NC Highway 12 limits the demand to three areas: Home Depot and part of the Beachwoods Resort development. , the new 7 -11 and Promenade Sports Nautiques.

Commenting in favor of the change, real estate agent Eddie Goodrich explained that there would be no changes to the lot coverage, height requirements or decrease in parking and that the overall intention is to achieve a similar development goal in a different way.

“It’s more like two times 15 is 30 versus three times 10 is 30,” Goodrich suggested. “Same number of people, just a different way of doing it,” adding that units per acre really doesn’t mean much, it just allows smaller units to be allowed in the same box.

During discussion of the request, Testerman stressed that the number of rooms and permitted occupants would be governed by the Department of Health.

At the end of the discussion, the vote of approval failed with only two for and three against.

The next item on the agenda was a request to reduce the setback for commercial lots adjacent to any dedicated open space or recreational area of ​​an adjacent residential development.

Testerman explained that examples of where the change would apply include the commercial lands up to the Sea Scape Golf Course and, since it is a recreation area, the Harbor Bay Playground.

In support of the request, Ralph D. Calfee stated that the number of eligible sites is rather limited and that in these areas the buffer zone of adjacent residential uses is actually larger than expected, creating an unnecessary restriction for these. development of commercial sites.

The motion to approve this request was carried with a 5-0 approval vote.

A change to the definition of land cover was also passed with unanimous support, which will exempt 500 square feet of pool area from land cover calculations.

Currently, lot coverage – a measure of developed land use – includes areas covered by buildings, parking lots, driveways, roads, sidewalks, decks, and any concrete areas. or asphalt.

Testerman explained that in most cases there is a gap of a few inches between the top of the pool water and the adjacent level of the pool deck, allowing the pools to serve as a catch basin for some of the rainwater. And, while the current code could be interpreted to allow it to decree that swimming pools are exempt, incorporating the wording into the city code removes any subjectivity and will ensure consistency going forward.

Testerman also said that for stormwater clearance purposes, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality did not count pool areas in the lot coverage.

Returning to the last item on the night’s agenda, a review of the sitemap of a retail business development drew concerning comments from a few neighboring residents.

The proposed plans provide for the improvement of a vacant lot at 5201 North Croatan Highway between Ambrose Furniture and Outer Banks Furniture. A 7,500 square foot two-story commercial building with a maximum height of 28 feet, both within the permitted height and land coverage requirements, will have access to Byrd Street. There is currently no plan to connect Byrd Street to US 158 and terminals are available to prevent through traffic.

While there have been comments from local residents that the development will cause flooding to their properties, during discussions it was pointed out that the property to be developed does not flood them and in fact collects some of the land. excess water from higher up the street which flows into this property.

Michael W. Strader Jr., director of engineering at Quible and Associates at Kitty Hawk, said he was aware of the flooding issues associated with the development of the property. He went on to say that the property is a bowl, but that there would be no runoff to other properties and some of the landscaping and engineering on the property would actually exceed the standards. state stormwater retention requirements.

At the end of the discussion, it was highlighted that the proposed development plans meet all applicable guidelines and a motion to approve the site plan received a 5-0 vote.

Each of the items on the evening’s agenda will be considered by the municipal council, which is not bound by the votes of the town planning council.


The Rome subdivision is OK for the sitemap

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A site plan review of a 50-lot first phase of a large residential subdivision of approximately 69 lots off Merrick Road, via Charles Anken Boulevard, known as Delta Luxury Townhomes, LLC, was approved by the Rome Planning Council at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, on condition that the developer agrees to install street lighting in the development in the future.

Steven Buck, owner of Buck Construction of Whitesboro, appeared before the board after members said at the December meeting that the project engineer had not provided evidence, since the November discussions, plans to install sufficient street lighting in the proposed residential subdivision for public safety. .

“Unfortunately, it is not in our budget to install the lighting, but we are committed to putting arrangements in place to facilitate the addition of a lighting district and fixtures to the project,” said Buck.

Last month, the project engineer explained how the site plan now included driving lights on each lot and that it would be “built into” the deed and rental agreements that residents would be required to light. these fires “during the hours of darkness”.

Buck mentioned Tuesday how the costs of building materials continue to rise, making the installation of lighting out of his budget for the project. He said his engineer altered the site drawings to indicate the installation of the lighting district conduit. Buck said he plans to work with National Grid to see if the gas and electric company would allow development to join the company’s “trench” as they dig trenches, but if they don’t. not, “we will provide a trench in the right-of-way of a solid conduit.

Buck and National Grid “are coordinating an effort to have a complete pipeline system where electricity can be supplied at any time in the future,” he said.

The plans continue to include outdoor lighting for installation in the home’s garages, Buck added. He also said the conduit could be tied to his next project to be submitted to town planning council and included on the February agenda, for the addition of 44 single-family lots.

City planner Garret Wyckoff said it was on the recommendation of the city’s Department of Community and Economic Development that the planning council approves the site plan for Delta luxury townhouses given the current escalation. material prices and that city codes do not require street lighting. Wyckoff said it was in the city’s best interest for the project to go ahead as it provides additional housing as the city grapples with a “lack of housing supply.”

Planning council vice-chairman Joseph Calandra said he would like to see the project “go ahead”, but recommended that a motion be made to approve the site plan, provided Buck adds street lighting once it is able to sell the units and make a profit. Then he could use the profits to reinvest in development, including adding lighting, Calandra added.

“Right now he (Buck) has a cash flow problem, but once he’s up and running we can recommend that he install street light – it’s a financial burden for him right now,” said Calandra.

Installing street lighting in the development would cost an additional $ 195,000, city officials said.

President Mark Esposito then asked how the city planning council or city might make the recommendation enforceable in the future.

City Assistant Corporation attorney James S. Rizzo said it would “not be a legal problem” to recommend that lighting be added in the future, because “there is nothing wrong with what the developer comes back for a status report “.

It was later indicated that Buck could give a status update during the licensing process in conjunction with the Planning Council, the Department of Public Works and the city codes office.

A motion to approve the site plan on the condition that Buck add street lighting to the development in the future was passed unanimously.

Also on the program:

• The review of the environmental quality of the site and the review of the site plan for a WellNow 4,375 square foot emergency care facility to be located at 1790, boul. Black River. have been deposited.

Project engineer Kevin Bamann explained that emergency care would be located next to the mall’s new Starbucks cafe. He explained that Caliber Commercial Brokerage, LLC of Rochester is developing the facility, along with Starbucks. The cafe’s sitemap was approved by the board in September for Randy Soggs, owner of Mohawk Acres Plaza.

Bamann said he, on behalf of Caliber Brokerage, was due to appear before the city’s Zoning Appeal Board next month to ask him to “line up” the reverse side of the emergency care building with Starbucks due to the existing water pipe.

As for Caliber taking over the development of WellNow and Starbucks, Bamann said Soggs sold the property to Caliber because the trading firm “made a lot of it (Starbucks) to other cities” and had to experience working with the company.

“From what I understand, WellNow is very responsive and Starbucks not so much,” Bamann said of explaining the sale.

As the board was still awaiting the SEQR review, Esposito proposed that the SEQR and sitemap be tabled, which were approved unanimously.

• A negative statement on a SEQR examination and preliminary plaque examination, requested by Pat Busyczak for a minor subdivision of two lots across from 6327 Lamphear Road, was unanimously approved. It is planned that the owner Busyczak will build a house on the second lot and sell it.

The Farmer’s Rest Hotel in Dundas awaits site plan approval

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The 175-year-old Farmer’s Rest Hotel at 207 King St. W. awaits site plan approval in 2022 for renovations planned for more than 15 years — the last two years and four months by its current owner. based in Ancaster.
  • The rear of the 175-year-old Farmer's Rest Hotel at 207 King St. W. awaits site plan approval in 2022 for renovations planned for more than 15 years - the past two years and four month by her current Ancaster-based owner.

Owners of the long-vacant Farmer’s Rest Hotel at 207 King Street West hope the City of Hamilton will approve a nearly two-year-old site plan application this year that is still under review by the municipality.

The proposal for a commercial unit on the ground floor and a residential unit on each of the other two floors of the 175-year-old heritage building was submitted in March 2020. Six different owners attempted to renovate the building over the last 16 years.

Daniel Cheatley, a consultant to the property’s current owner, said the group was awaiting site plan approval.

“We expect the project to move forward in 2022,” Cheatley said. “We may provide more updates once our sitemap is approved.”

A numbered company, including directors Erwin Gerl and Zachary Agnew of Ancaster, bought 207 King in September 2019 for $950,000.

A conditional heritage permit was issued in November 2020 for: the repointing of all masonry; installation of wood panels under large commercial windows; and the installation of new downspouts for stormwater management.

The structure was built in 1847 by Jesse Cooper as the Farmer’s Rest Hotel. It operated as a hotel, known as Cain’s Hotel after it was purchased by Patrick Cain in 1893, until 1910 when the building served as a hospital and later as an apartment building. It was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1981.

‘Cove’ Development on Green Street Narrows in Amended Site Plan Proposal

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WORCESTER – Plans for a large mixed-use development on Green Street in the former club area of ​​Sir Morgan’s Cove have been significantly reduced, according to documents filed with the Planning Council.

Gold Block Real Estate LLC has filed an amended sitemap with the board of directors. The developer planned a 13-storey, 380,580 square foot mixed-use building with 318 residential units, nearly 30,000 square feet of retail or restaurant space, and a 152-space parking garage.

The project overlooks the polar park.

The amended proposal almost halves the original plan; it was reduced to seven floors, 173 residential units, 16,000 square feet of retail space and 99 garage parking spaces.

The developer points out in the amended site plan request that much of the original concept of the “Cove” development remains, including plans for a bowling alley and bicycle parking spaces, but that the revised plan diminishes it. development impact.

The application notes that the remaining buildings on the site, which includes 85, 89, 99 and 103 Green St.; 2, Plymouth Street; 5 and 7 Gold Street; and part of 62 Washington St., will be demolished within the next 60 days. This includes the former Sir Morgan’s Cove club at 89 Green St.

Exterior features

The project will essentially replace the Green Street block between Plymouth and Gold streets. The modified site plan covers outdoor amenities, including a rooftop gathering space and restaurant terraces on the ground floor.

Gold Block is managed by Harry DiLeo, Thomas Keane and Christopher Archambault. Keane and DiLeo also manage Churchill James.

Four of the properties which are part of the new plan presented to the planning board next week were part of a deal that allowed the city to offload properties it had taken across a prominent estate as part of the Polar Park construction project. The properties at 85 Green St., 2 Plymouth St., 5 Gold St. and 7 Gold St. were ultimately not needed as part of the stadium. The city, through the Worcester Redevelopment Authority, made a deal to sell the properties to Churchill James for $ 3 million – the amount the city paid.

The proceeds from the sale were allocated to an initial reserve fund to repay the bonds for the rough project.

Neighbor of the polar park

Due to its proximity to the baseball stadium, the new project, if approved and built, will be included in the District improvement funding area created to finance the construction of the baseball stadium. The gradual increase in tax revenues generated by private development in the district will be used to cover debt service on bonds sold to finance the construction of the 10,000-seat stadium.

The planning board approved Gold Block’s original site plan proposal in May; At that time, residents and business owners in the area said they were concerned about the size and scale of the 13-story development, saying it could lead to a “walling” effect between the neighborhood and the stadium.

The developers have requested that the planning board review the new site plan at their next available meeting.

Worcester Planning Board approves site plan for redevelopment of the former Boys Club in Lincoln Square

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WORCESTER – The planning council on Wednesday evening approved a site plan for the redevelopment of the old Boys Club building in Lincoln Square.

The unanimous vote clears the way for WinnDevelopment Co. to begin work on the restoration of the downtown historic landmark and the construction of an innovative addition that will be placed on a “podium” above the Johnson Tunnel.

Michael V. O’Brien, former city manager and executive vice president of Winn, said the goal is to start construction by the end of 2022 or early 2023.

John J. Spillane, an attorney representing Winn at the site plan review hearing on Wednesday, said the proposed adaptive reuse of the building would result in 80 residential apartments for the city’s over-55s; 16 apartments will be built in the old Boys Club structure, while 64 apartments – a combination of studios and one and two bedroom units – will be built in the new structure, which will be built next to the old building. on an abandoned section of Rue Prescott. A two-story glass structure will connect the two buildings. The new addition is what makes the project financially viable, he said.

What Winn presented to the planning council on Wednesday was slightly smaller than those responsible for the concept of around 95 units announced earlier this year. But Spillane said the project will retain an affordability component; he said it will be 85% affordable for residents with incomes ranging from 30% of the region’s median income to 60% of the region’s median income. The remaining 15% of the units will be offered at market rates.

O’Brien said he was proud of the project’s partnership with Preservation Worcester, and said the grand old building will be renovated with a sensitivity to historic preservation. He said the public spaces in the old building would be available for community use, and he said Winn would improve and maintain the World War I memorial in front of the building.

WORCESTER - The planning council on Wednesday approved plans to redevelop the former Lincoln Square Boys' Club into senior apartments and to build a new addition on an abandoned section of Prescott Street.

Richard Whitehouse of VHB, an engineer on the project, said the podium construction for the new addition will be based primarily on concrete columns that will straddle the walls of the Johnson Tunnel. The original feature of the city center will remain a city street, but will be narrowed slightly due to protective barriers that will be needed to protect the columns, Whitehouse said.

Stephen S. Rolle, deputy city development director, said the city was delighted that the project was starting to move forward – he said it was an important building in an important location that connects several different areas. He said the addition makes smart use of space that would otherwise be wasted, and he said the new building “doesn’t try to pretend to be the old building – it stands out.”

There were some minor concerns about traffic and the location of sidewalks, but Planning Council members said they were happy to finally see affordable senior housing arrive downtown and see the old building come back to life.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay the city $ 100,000 for “air rights” on Prescott Street and the tunnel.

Winn purchased the over 90-year-old, 48,000-square-foot property from the city in 2019 for $ 300,000, and initially planned to lease the building to a school for highly functional autistic students.

Lumber business owners seek to remove seven lots from existing site plan

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MOVED: Site improvement plans at the Tuckerton Lumber Co. location in Surf City include relocating storage media and divesting seven lots from its site plan. (Photo by Ryan Morrill)

Counsel for the new owners of Tuckerton Lumber Co. said his clients’ plans to divest seven lots from the current site plan and relocate storage shelves are the only land use changes planned at the site. of Surf City, located on both sides of Long Beach Boulevard. in the district.

Tom Coleman, a lawyer with Raymond, Coleman and Heinhold based in Moorestown, outlined the plans in a November 9 letter accompanying a request to the Surf City Land Use Board to change the current sitemap.

“The purpose of this modified preliminary and final site plan request is to remove Block 5, Lots 8, 10, 11 and 12, and Block 12, Lots 14 and 16, from the conditions of site plan approvals. granted in 1991 and 1993 ”, according to Coleman’s letter.

Those six lots, along with Block 12, Lot 23 will no longer be used by the Tuckerton Lumber Co., he said in the letter.

The company will operate from block 12, lots 18, 20 and 22 and block 19, according to the application filed by Coleman.

In the summary of the request, Coleman stated that the amended site plan request was a requirement of the temporary occupancy certificate issued in conjunction with his client’s acquisition of the property from Tuckerton Lumber Co. and a letter of June from Kevin Quinlan, counsel for the council, indicating that the document was necessary to remove the lots which are no longer part of the use of the company.

When an application is submitted, the land use board clerk reviews it to ensure administrative compliance before forwarding it to the engineer and council attorney for review. During his examination of the file, Frank Little, borough engineer, judged it “technically incomplete”.

In a Dec. 8 letter to Quinlan and Board Secretary Christine Hannemann, Little noted that the lots removed from the sitemap “support commercial use by providing employees with parking, equipment storage and office space and no information was provided to the board as to the intentions for the use or future development of the plots listed above and no details were provided to support the continued use of the business. “

Little has requested, at a minimum, the applicant to amend the plans and the application to identify all prior approved uses on the site map, as outlined in previous resolutions and approved site plans, according to his letter.

Coleman could not be reached for further comment at press time.

The lots proposed for divestiture are part of two earlier approvals by previous land use boards, one from 1991 and the other from January 1993, according to a June letter from Quinlan to Coleman.

In his letter, Quinlan noted that the conditions for the approval of the 1991 site plan were specifically incorporated in the January 1993 resolution granting a special-reason exemption for Lot 14, Block 12, referring to ” a substantial portion of the lot in question has been used in conjunction with the Applicant’s lumber business for over 40 years.

Tuckerton Lumber Co. was sold to new owners after an amended list attracted buyers who would keep the historic business open. Investment group TLC Land Holding LLC and new store operators Tom Dwier and Keli Lynch took ownership in July.

The Surf City building and grounds at 200 Long Beach Blvd. and the Railroad Avenue company in Tuckerton that predated it since 1932 were both included in the multi-million dollar purchase. They will both be kept in business, “as usual,” with a view of possible additions “to the next level” and “no plans for anything residential,” the new owners said at the time of the sale. .

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Jersey City Planning Council Approves Site Plan for Edge Works at SciTech Scity

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Design drawings and site plan for Edge Works, an eight-story business incubation center that will serve as the centerpiece for SciTech Scite, have been approved by the Jersey City Planning Council.

The planning board also approved the subdivision of the land into plots for two other key components of SciTech Scity: Liberty Science Center High School and Fellows’ Village.

SciTech Scity, the 30-acre “City of Tomorrow” under development by Freedom Science Center, is expected to have a huge impact on Jersey City and the state when it opens in late 2023 or early 2024. Edge Works will play a big part in this.

Edge Works will include the Co-Creation Center, a state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot conference center and cutting-edge technology exhibition gallery, and the Works, 60,000 square feet of research and development labs, workspaces and coworking offices for startups and entrepreneurs, as well as skunkworks suites, product showcases, consumer testing laboratories and offices for certain companies established in sectors of particular importance to the collective future of the planet.

The components of SciTech Scity

It’s easy – and awesome – to list the parts of SciTech Scity (see the full story here):

  • On-board work: An eight-story, 100,000-square-foot business incubation center that includes a conference center and research and development space for startups and established businesses;
  • Liberty Science Center High School: It aims to be the best STEM high school in the country;
  • Village of scholars: Residential housing for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, STEM graduate students and anyone interested in being part of the SciTech Scity community;
  • Public municipalities: 4 acres of outdoor activations that encourage exploration, creativity, collaboration and innovation.

Liberty Science Center CEO Paul Hoffman said Edge Works would have a big impact.

“Edge Works will be a business optimizer, a new generation of innovation centers that maximizes business success and social impact,” he said. “Our goal is to bring together experts from multiple disciplines and harness science and technology to solve social problems and turn cutting-edge ideas into a reality that makes the world radically better. “

At the heart of the community, Edge Works will be interconnected with each of the elements of SciTech Scity: Liberty Science Center High School, Scholars Village and a Public Commons.

The planning board approval is the third recent major development for SciTech Scity.

On October 22, Governor Phil Murphy led a breakthrough at the site. It was also reported that Israel Sheba Medical Center, the largest hospital system in the Middle East and one of the top 10 hospitals in the world, will be Edge Works’ premier innovation partner and global tenant.

Subsequent phases of SciTech Scity may include expanded incubation spaces, wet labs, additional schools, a large university satellite campus, or other facilities to spur STEM innovation and job creation.

Site plan agreement for manufacturing plant in Palmerston conditionally approved

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MINTO – A site plan agreement for a new manufacturing facility in the Palmerston Industrial Park was conditionally approved by city council on December 7.

In May, the board approved the purchase by the Hammond Manufacturing Company of Guelph of a 13-acre property at 215 Minto Road for $ 520,000.

In 2016, the property went through a provincial certification process and was considered a certified industrial site.

The company, which manufactures electrical and electronic enclosures and components for the North American and global markets, has announced development plans in stages, with a first-phase investment of between $ 15 million and $ 20 million.

Phase two would involve the construction of a second factory to be built on site to produce metal stampings.

“So this one is pretty exciting,” said Ashley Sawyer, Minto planning technician.

The site plan agreement is for the first phase, which measures approximately 100,000 square feet.

“It’s a one-story manufacturing plant with offices as well. Initially it will employ 25-30 people and there are plans to grow and hire more in the next phase, ”Sawyer told the board.

“The second phase is also proposed on the drawings and this site plan would be presented again for review at a later date. “

Sawyer said county planning staff, city staff and Triton Engineering have all reviewed the plan, “and we are now happy to recommend approval of the site plan deal.”

“We’re just waiting for the review of the County (Department) Road Traffic Impact Statement we received and just waiting for their comments,” Sawyer said.

“The owners will have one year from the date of occupancy of the building to complete all the work required in the site plan agreement, with the exception of the asphalt work, which will be required within the following two years. the paving of this part of Minto. Road, but at the end of the day we recommend approval, ”she said.

Council passed a motion to receive the planning technician’s report and conditionally approve the site plan agreement.

“It’s just great to see this happening,” said Mayor George Bridge.

Marina Village site plan obtains approval from Suisun Planning Commission

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SUISUN CITY – The Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the site plan and the architectural review request by a 4-0 vote for the construction of 160 apartments at the southeast corner of Marina Boulevard and Buena Vista Avenue.

There are two positions to be filled within the commission.

The Marina Village Apartments project is described as a 100% affordable housing development.

It will provide affordable rental housing reserved for households earning 30 to 70% of the region’s median income.

The development will include nine three-storey garden-style residential buildings, a community building and a laundry room.

The majority of public commentators were concerned about how the development would affect traffic in this area. Many motorists take Buena Vista Avenue to Marina Boulevard to access Highway 12.

During commuting and school hours, traffic may flow onto Buena Vista and Railroad Avenue.

The main access to the site will be located next to the management office, along the western edge of the site, linked to Boulevard Marina by an alley on the right only.

Secondary access to the site will be located at the northeast corner of the development, connecting to Buena Vista Avenue through a new driveway. An eastbound right-hand turn pocket is included in the proposed driveway on Buena Vista Avenue.

“Marina Boulevard already has a lot of traffic,” said George Guynn. “It will get more severe with 160 units and maybe three to four cars per unit.”

He suggested the city focus more on business development than housing.

Marina Village is the first project to be considered under the city’s new Good Neighbor Policy, designed to ensure that procedures in place are reasonably calculated to ensure that the premises remain calm, safe and clean. and the surrounding area.

“This project is only good for developers,” said Steve Olry. “I’d rather live next to a juvenile detention center (than this project). “

A traffic study found that the average vehicle delay on Marina Boulevard at Buena Vista Avenue is expected to exceed conditions by 5 seconds or more.

It offered two options for improvement:

• Maintain control of stops in all directions and add a pocket of northbound right turns.
• Build a traffic light.

Donna LeBlanc was concerned that there were only three designated waste areas. This was the number recommended by the services of the Republic.

Marina Village is a Solano affordable housing project that will be funded by federal and state funds, said Don Harris of Solano Affordable Housing.

“This is not a Section 8 project,” said Harris. “The income limits are checked every year. “

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Hartford Commission Approves Taphouse Site Plan | Business

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HARTFORD – The Planning Commission on Monday approved the site plan for the Rubi Falls Taphouse.

HARTFORD – The Common Council last week approved a developer agreement with YUMI Enterprises, paving the way for a faucet in the basement of the Millstream building.

The commission unanimously approved the site plan, which provided for the space of the outdoor patio which will be part of the tap room. The Rubi Falls Taphouse is located in the basement of the Millstream Building at 120 N. Main St.

City planner Justin Drew told the commission it’s about 800 square feet of space, where the business will have seating, umbrellas, and a bar with riverside seating.

“Because this affects the overall appearance of the building, it must be submitted to the Planning Commission,” said Drew.

“The staff think this looks very appropriate and will be very inviting,” he said.

The outdoor area of ​​the beer garden will be used for live music on weekends, depending on the sitemap application, as well as seating in general. The site plan also included a fence along the east side of the outdoor rest area and a raised planter to the east of the fence, near the river.

According to the commission’s discussions, the name Rubi Falls comes from the Rubicon River, in reference to the river and the falls adjacent to the new venture. A company representative at the meeting said that name is the one they are currently working with, but it is not yet officially finalized.

Rubi Falls Taphouse had a conditional use permit approved by the Planning Commission in November. Late last month, the joint council also approved a developer agreement for the property, under which the developer can receive up to $ 126,109 over five years from the city to help with the project.

Funding will come from the company’s own taxes, which the city will reimburse. The arrangement is feasible because the Millstream Building, where the business will be built, is in a supplementary tax financial district.

In a TID, the new tax increase created from a new development or redevelopment is fed back into the district in various ways, rather than being collected by tax jurisdictions.

With those items already approved, the site plan was the last step required for the faucet to continue development, according to Drew.

A Houston-based developer had its site plan approved for a 239-unit condominium project at last week’s planning and zoning commission meeting.

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Function illustration: Artist’s rendering of the condo project proposed by Johnson Design Group.

Posted: 12-142021

by Art Benavidez

Fredericksburg (Gillespie County) –A Houston-based development company had its site plan approved for a 239-unit condominium project at last week’s planning and zoning commission meeting.

The 13.74-acre property is an undeveloped parcel located at 802 and 812 Friendship Lane in the northwest part of town.

Jonathan Boursey with Urban planner United States intends to develop Fredericksburg Botanical in two phases.

Artist’s rendering of the interior of a condo unit.

VEI Consulting Engineersof Fredericksburg, published a site map that shows:

  • A mix of 171 one-bedroom units and 68 two-bedroom units/two-car garages ranging in size from 900 to 1,100 square feet.
  • dog park
  • Playground
  • Amenity Center
  • Two retention basins
  • A kitchen pavilion at the intersection of two interior streets
  • 61.5% Waterproof Coverage

The planned garage and surface parking total 392 spaces on the site plan. Access to the development would be from Friendship Lane and Sunrise Street.

All interior streets must be 26 feet wide.

Based in Houston Johnson Design Groupis on board the project.

The recommendation will now await city approval at an upcoming city council meeting.

VBX Project ID: 2021-8764

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Hamburg Housing PUD receives final site plan approval

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December 10, 2021

By Mike Kruzman / [email protected]

Officials from the Canton of Hamburg have approved a new residential development.

The board of directors reviewed the final site plan for the development of the planned mixed unit of Murie Glen, as part of its meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The site is located on approximately 49 acres between the Mystic Ridge Subdivision to the west and Merill Road to the east. Access points would include Thompson Road, an existing upgraded private road and a proposed connection to an existing stretch of Shadbrush Trail, according to a note in the council meeting file.

Fifty-one single-family homes will populate the development, using the Open Space and Senior Housing Regulations, or ECHO. ECHO units will be reserved for residents aged 55 and over. Planning and Zoning Director Chris Madigan told the board that the parallel plan showed they could get closer to the number of units they wanted, but ultimately needed the PUD designation to build. the last. The parallel plan suggested that 47 units could fit. Madigan said that before and before his arrival, city council approved the additional 4 units because they felt the project met the exemplary qualifications needed to achieve the bonus density.

The project was submitted to the Board of Directors with a recommendation for approval, subject to 8 conditions. Madigan said these conditions are quite common, being related to things like trees and trails. Trustee Patricia Hughes had concerns about the private road easement and wanted to see a maintenance agreement, which Madigan said was currently with the township lawyer.

The board approved the final site plan 6-1, with Hughes voting against. Staff will now work with their attorney to deliver the final development agreement to the board for final approval.

DDRB approves sitemap for One Riverside – The Resident Community News Group, Inc.

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The Jacksonville Downtown Development Review Board has approved the site plan for the One Riverside development. The 18.84-acre mixed-use development will be on the former Times-Union Building site.

Fuqua Development’s plans include a grocery store, retail stores, a restaurant accessible from the Riverwalk, 271 initial residential units, and a parking garage. He also diverts and lights McCoy’s Creek and builds a public park between the creek and the CSX railroad. The width of the stream will also decrease from 40 feet to 80 feet.

The estimated cost of the project is approximately $ 182.2 million.

Ease of public access to the park and Riverwalk has been a key requirement of the DDRB and the Downtown Investment Authority. The park will also be accessible from the Riverwalk.

The project is expected to be built in two phases with a second residential complex after the stream diversion. The plans include several pedestrian and public art areas.

The pedestrian-friendly planning is in conjunction with the construction of the Jacksonville Emerald Trail.

DDRB board member Matt Brockelman said he believes the sitemap is a good balance of combining what’s desired with what’s practical.

“Sometimes it’s a little too easy for us to get stuck in the weeds,” he said. “I think we hit a pretty good balance. I don’t think we can stress enough the importance of this project for the riparian activation effort.

Council members asked for some minor adjustments to make sure the pedestrian areas and walkways were wide enough for what should be a lot of traffic.

Fuqua spokesperson Cyndy Trimmer said that wouldn’t be a problem and that they wanted to make One Riverside as pedestrian-friendly as possible.

The project includes approximately $ 31.5 million in incentives offered by the city. This bill is currently in the hands of the municipal council. If everything is approved, the grand opening could take place early next year after the old Times-Union building was demolished in April. The second phase could start around 2025.

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Gaithersburg Approves Initial Site Plan for Novavax Campus

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Gaithersburg City Council unanimously approved a schematic development plan, or initial site plan, for the future Novavax corporate campus at 14 Firstfield Road on Monday.

The campus includes more than 600,000 square feet of office, laboratory, manufacturing, and research and development space in two buildings, according to the plan. It also provides a reception center, a central green space and a car park.

The campus is adjacent to the existing building at 700 Quince Orchard Road, where Novavax will also occupy space.

Sam Copelan, a city planner, told council Monday evening that the plan also includes a pedestrian bridge connecting the two buildings on the campus.

Copelan said about a third of Novavax employees will work on campus full time, another third will be remote and the rest will have a “hybrid” schedule both remotely and in person.

Gaithersburg executives have been optimistic about expanding Novavax’s presence in the city, as the company works to develop its own COVID-19 vaccine, joining the existing three.

Novavax has applied for emergency clearance for the use of the vaccine in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and plans to do so in the US next year, a company executive told NPR last week.

Mayor Jud Ashman on Monday called the expansion of Novavax’s presence “a victory for the city of Gaithersburg”. The two new city council members elected last month, Lisa Henderson and Jim McNulty, were also enthusiastic.

“Prior to our election to the board, we talked a lot about the Gaithersburg world-class biotech corridor, and it will be a crown jewel of this corridor,” McNulty said.

Henderson said she was in awe of the beauty of the campus as depicted in the map and that she is delighted that it is within walking distance of a nearby shopping center.

“All the hard work that has been done, Jim and I can celebrate and enjoy the beauty of this,” she said.

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Planners will review the revised site plan for 99 Main Street.

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The Genesee County Planning Council is expected to review on Thursday a revised site plan submitted by smartDESIGN Architecture for exterior modifications to 99 Main St., Batavia – the future site of the Buffalo Implants and Periodontics office.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at County Building 2 on West Main Street Road.

According to documents submitted by project manager Todd Audsley, further changes in the design and elevation of the facade are required due to issues with product availability and subcontractors.

Specifically, the new plan calls for the construction of an “on-site built wood-frame storefront wrapped in exterior fracture metal, with a metal standing seam bypassing the line of the second story, which forms a small hood on the floor. above the recessed entrance ”.

The original concept was an aluminum storefront with a fabric awning over the recessed door.

County planning staff recommend approval of the overhaul as it still meets the design guidelines of the City of Batavia in the Central Business District (C-3).

The $ 1.1 million renovation and restoration of the historic three-story, 7,500 square foot building is part of the downtown New York State revitalization initiative. The dental office is on the first floor while the second floor is being developed for commercial offices and the third floor will consist of two two-bedroom apartments at market price.

Another reference to note on Thursday’s agenda is a site plan review and a special use permit application for an Amherst company to erect two wind turbines at 2311 Bennett Road in the town. by Darien.

Whitecap Electric, LLC, is looking to install a pair of wind turbines up to 2.5 megawatts each with a total height of approximately 450 feet. The bottom of the blade would be more than 30 feet above any obstruction within a 250 foot radius.

The $ 6 million project is intended to comply with the 5 megawatt cap for net metering in New York City and will be connected to the grid as part of the Community Distributed Generation (CDG) compensation scheme.

County planning staff recommend approval with changes focused on an appropriate decommissioning plan, visual impact study and bird analysis, stormwater pollution prevention plan, and application for verification of address 9-1-1 with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo: Revised facade design at 99 Main St., Batavia. Courtesy of the Genesee County Planning Department.

Gloversville Planning Board approves site plan for $ 20 million project

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Ken Kearney, owner of the Kearney Reality Group, discusses the site plan for the Glove City Lofts artist housing project at 52 Church Street in front of the Gloversville Planning Council on the night of Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Planning Council has approved the Kearney Realty Group’s 75-unit, 75-unit “Glove City Lofts” site plan at 51 Church Street as a result of ‘a public hearing Tuesday evening.

Tanyalynnette Grimes, President and CEO of Micropolis Development Group, was the only person to speak at the public hearing. She asked if the Glove City lofts, if built, would be used for “low-rental housing” or “Section 8” housing.

“Are there any clarifications [of the income levels of the prospective tenants of the building] in the site plans, since it is in a superimposed historic district, and with regard to the businesses of the city center? ” she asked.

Fulton County planner Sean Geraghty, who advises the planning council, said Kearney’s site plan request included clarification of the income requirements of potential tenants.

“If you want to come and review the application, you are more than welcome to do so. You can do it here in town or I have a copy at the county planning department, ”Geraghty said. “Generally speaking, public hearings are not question-and-answer sessions. This really is an opportunity for the public to tell the Planning Board something they don’t know about the application, but yes the applicants have been very thorough in explaining the types of tenants they will have in the application. these buildings and how they will qualify.

Ken Kearney, owner of the Kearney Realty Group, said his company would claim about $ 1.1 million in income-tested federal housing tax credits granted by the New York State Office for Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) to build the Glove City Lofts Complex.

Kearney explained the income rules required by the federal tax credit program used to help fund the project in October. He said he expects one-bedroom income-based apartments to cost around $ 665 in rent per month, while two-bedroom income-based apartments will cost around $ 775. He said “middle income” units will have higher rents, perhaps up to 20% more. He said the federal tax credit program doesn’t want any of the tenants to pay more than 30% of their income for rent.

After the public hearing, Kearney’s developer Parkview Development & Construction asked Gloversville town planning council to waive the city’s six-month requirement to begin construction after site plan approval , and to extend it to 18 months, in order to give the company enough time to obtain the financing necessary for the construction of the complex without having to come back several times to the town planning council for extensions.

The planning council consensus agreed to the extension of the deadline and the president of the planning council, Geoffrey Peck, requested that the 18-month deadline be entered in the minutes.

Following the hearing, Kearney said Glove City Lofts now had all of the local approvals it needed to build the project, including the correct zoning.

In July, it was revealed at a planning council meeting that the 3-acre lot at 51 Church Street had been zoned from commercial to a parcel zoned for manufacturing in 2015. The zoning issue presented a problem. potential for the major project, but city officials have since discovered that the zoning was changed in 2018.

Peck said the zoning change in 2018 did not go in the normal way, with the joint council bypassing the review by the city’s planning council.
“They just didn’t go through all the procedures,” Geraghty added.

“We made a note in the minutes of last month’s meeting [in November] this [the rezoning of 51 Church St.] had not been presented to the Planning Council under standard procedure, but the statute of limitations had expired, so it had become law, ”Peck said.

The Glove City Lofts project also requested $ 1 million as part of Gloversville’s request for the $ 10 million downtown revitalization initiative in 2021. On Tuesday evening, Kearney said he hoped Gloversville would win the DRI competition for the Mohawk Valley, which he says will be announced soon.

“If the DRI materializes, if the city succeeds, the other two [apartment building projects from my company that received DRI funding in other cities] in the Mohawk Valley, Oneonta and Rome… they were both priority projects in these [successful] DRI plans, ”Kearney said. “[Those DRI grant awards] brought these projects to the top for consideration by UNHCR [for the federal tax credits]. It is hope here.

Kearney has said in the past that the project in Gloversville could be delayed for a year if Gloversville does not receive the DRI, but on Tuesday night he said he believed he would win it.

“I have never been more optimistic about a DRI plan than with this one,” he said.

Site plan recommendations for the new Mount Forest grocery store will be presented to council

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NORTH WELLINGTON – The final recommendation report for a new Sobeys Motherland in Mount Forest will be presented to council on Monday.

The proponent and the applicant have submitted a revised site plan which includes a proposed intersection with signage, a revised internal parking lot design and a proposed separate entrance for horses and strollers from Industrial Drive. The proposed site plan was accompanied by an updated traffic report.

The revised presentation was provided in response to departmental and agency comments.

Planning staff have reviewed the revised site plan and found it to be in accordance with provincial policy and consistent with the Wellington County Official Plan.

The proposed site plan location is at 503 and 515 Main Street, where the beer store and Peavey Mart are located on the property and are expected to remain.

Similar to the previous version of the sitemap, the revised sitemap includes:

The proposed changes are as follows:

Stormwater management is the primary concern of the report, as stormwater drainage flows through the affected property.

Currently, the Applicant is working with Waste Management to secure a drainage easement across the property. The easement will need to be secured / permanently established prior to approval of the site plan for the grocery store and restaurant.

The board is to decide whether or not the developer should continue with the proposed development at Monday’s meeting.

Site map of the City OKs pharmacy, commercial use of the land in the north

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Mayor Gregg Hull shows the US and city flags of Rio Rancho. . Martinez, a Rio Ranchoan, asked Hull to send the flags and then presented them at the Rio Rancho board meeting on Thursday. Photo by Argen Duncan.

Rio Rancho board members approved a site plan for a prep pharmacy and opened land near the intersection of North and Unser boulevards for retail during their meeting Thursday night at the ‘city Hall.

They approved the site plan and the land use change unanimously, with Councilor Jeremy Lenentine absent and Mayor Gregg Hull therefore voting.

For the land use zoning change, the 2.2 acres in question are along Northern Boulevard just east of Unser Boulevard with Eric Road being the eastern boundary.

The lots to the immediate south, east and west are undeveloped R-1 lots, lower density single-family residential zoning, according to a city map. A mid-density single-family housing neighborhood and commercial development with a Walgreens pharmacy and Speedway gas station are across from north to north.

Entrepreneur and developer Dawn Davide said she has built homes nearby and invested in the area.

“And hopefully we can bring some development to this area which was never going to be a residential development anyway,” she said.

In their request to change the area, she and her business partner Linda DeFillippo said the change would bring more commerce to the city, while still allowing the busy intersection to remain consistent with existing businesses.

Sharon Alire, a resident of the neighborhood across the North, opposed the change of area.

“Heavy traffic is already a hindrance, and there are so many accidents just below this space where there is no left turn in our neighborhood,” she wrote in a comment letter. . “Adding more traffic to the retail space will only increase the traffic there.”

She was the only member of the audience to comment.

As for the site map, this is a new larger location for the Olive Tree Compounding Pharmacy at 1713 Wellspring Ave. It consists of three buildings, totaling approximately 7,600 square feet, with 46 parking spaces and five bicycle spaces on just over an acre of land.

The pharmacy, one of the few pharmacies in the state, according to architect Doug Heller, now has a smaller, rented location on Westside and Unser Boulevard. Heller said the larger building at the new site will have two tenants and the third building will be built in the future if the landlord finds the right tenant.

He said the pharmacy owner and Itsa Italian Ice owner, who were planning to go to the neighboring lot, agreed that they would have a common entrance to Itsa’s property. City Councilor Paul Wymer wanted approval of the site plan to be made conditional on this agreement being delivered in writing to the city.

The governing body approved this amendment and the plan.

In another case, the governing body approved the American Rescue Plan Act’s $ 360,000 set aside for a home repair program.

“We have an aging housing stock in Rio Rancho,” City Manager Matt Geisel said, adding that homes built in the 1960s often need repairs and many people have a fixed income.

The program would be administered by a nonprofit Homewise and would provide up to $ 25,000 per home in forgivable loans to homeowners with incomes equal to or less than 80% of the region’s median income. Geisel said the income limit would mean $ 38,000 for a household of one and $ 54,000 for a household of four, for example.

Deputy City Manager Peter Wells said the city will monitor Homewise’s use of the money and jointly develop a communications plan to let as many people as possible know about the opportunity.

If this effort is successful, Geisel said, he hopes to secure more funds and expand the program.

City Emergency Management Special Projects Coordinator Rose Martinez, left, accepts Region 6 Community Wide Readiness Award from Federal Emergency Management Agency from Zach Wachter, right , local preparedness coordinator with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Martinez and the city’s volunteer community emergency response team won the honor for their work during the pandemic, managing COVID testing and vaccination sites, delivering meals to the elderly and those confined to home and manufacturing over 6,000 face masks for frontline workers. Mayor Gregg Hull holds up another plaque in the back. Martinez and CERT were selected from teams from five states. Photo of Argen Marie Duncan.

Planning Commission approves final site plan for Wawa in Gaithersburg

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Render from planning documents

The Gaithersburg Planning Commission has approved the final site plan for a future Wawa gas station and convenience store on Md. 355.

The project has aroused the ire of some in the community since it was proposed two years ago, including an unsuccessful legal challenge from a community group.

The Wawa, reportedly the first in Montgomery County, would feature a 5,060 square foot convenience store with an adjacent gas station at 405 N. Frederick Ave. (Md. 355), opposite Gaithersburg High School.

In October 2019, Gaithersburg City Council approved a schematic development plan, or initial site plan, for the Wawa.

But a month later, a group of residents and businessmen filed an administrative appeal in Montgomery County Circuit Court arguing that the development application was not in line with the master plan because the resort- service was not “light commercial use”.

Further, the applicants argued that the Wawa was not “compatible with the residential character” of the neighborhood.

The Circuit Court determined that the project was consistent with the master plan, but ruled that the Planning Commission should have allowed cross-examination.

The case went to the Special Court of Appeal, which ruled in March both that the development was consistent with the master plan and that opponents of the project had waived their right to cross-examination. The appeal court’s decision this spring got the project going.

A few residents opposed to the Wawa project continued to voice their opposition at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting.

Carol Johnson said Wawa should consider installing electric charging stations instead of gas pumps, as she believes the use of electric vehicles will eventually overtake the use of gasoline vehicles.

“I think the future is here, and it’s really kinda silly to put all that money on gas…” she said.

Phillip Hummel, a land use lawyer at Miles & Stockbridge, said Wawa had considered incorporating electric charging stations into the project, but the need to prioritize water management rain and sidewalk space took precedence.

“It’s something that has been taken into account. It just couldn’t be easily accommodated due to all the competing factors involved, ”he said.

Walter Umana, who lives near the future service station, said he was worried about potential noise and light pollution.

“It’s a very quiet area. Gaithersburg being the City of Trees, we want to make sure it retains that feel, and with the wildlife around us, we want to make sure nothing is disturbed more than it should be, ”he said. he declares.

Monica Lozada said she also lived near the future Wawa site and wanted to know if there would be security cameras at the facility. Lozada also requested that additional bike racks be included in it.

Wawa real estate project manager Chris Hoffman said there would be cameras both inside the convenience store and outside the building. The property will be monitored 24/7 by a security team, he said.

“If there was a situation that called for an immediate police response, or moderate unrest that we would like to bring to the attention of our internal security officials, store staff have the ability to call upon these resources. if necessary, ”Hoffman said. .

Planning commissioner Lloyd Kaufman said the final site plan only includes enough bike rack space for around two bikes. He said he wanted to see more space on the bike racks to accommodate Gaithersburg High School students who might be making their way to the Wawa during a break.

Mira Gantzert, project manager at Bohler Engineering, said adding more bike racks is something that can be discussed.

“We can potentially look at the west side of the building, where there’s an existing 8-foot sidewalk, and potentially have one or two additional bike racks against the building, but there’s still 4 or 5 feet for pedestrians to walk past, ”she said.

Kaufman, Planning Commission Chairman John Bauer, and Commissioners Phillip Wessel and Sharon Cantrell unanimously approved the final site plan.

Dan Schere can be contacted at [email protected]

Site map approved for Westlake Landings stores

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A rendering of the future Westlake Landings Shoppes.

The Town of Westlake has approved the Konover South site plan to develop approximately 23,000 square feet of retail space within the community. The development company was approved to construct two multi-tenant shopping centers and a group of quick service restaurants which will be collectively known as the Shoppes of Westlake Landings. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2022 and be completed by the end of the year.

“We have already signed a handful of leases and are currently engaged with several other companies,” said Bob Bedard, senior vice president of development for Konover South. “We plan to be fully rented when it opens next year.”

Konover is primarily targeting service-oriented businesses and restaurants to fill the two centers – one of 7,065 square feet and the other of 9,450 square feet – as well as the catering module totaling 6,765 square feet. So far, leases have been signed with Heartland Dental, Verizon Communications, Go Green Dry Cleaner and Sauced BBQ and Whiskey Shack, a full-service restaurant and bar owned and operated by the Ralph Lewis family. The Lewis family have owned the Okeechobee Steakhouse for 75 years.

Lease negotiations for the two centers are underway for a hamburger concept, a smoothie shop and a fitness room. For the restaurant’s pod, lease details are being worked out with three national food and beverage chains.

The stores will be built at Westlake Landings, a 50-acre planned business park located near Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. Konover is under contract to acquire seven acres in the park. The closure is scheduled for the end of 2021.

“We are very excited to see business development progress in our new town,” said John Carter, vice president of Minto Communities, the lead developer of the 3,800-acre Westlake community approved for 4,500 homes and over 2. , 2 million square feet. commercial space. “As we continue to grow, our residents will need convenient access to service businesses. “

In September, Chaudhary Petroleum Group opened the first new retail business in Westlake since its incorporation in 2016. A new concept 7-Eleven and gas station off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road offers a take-out / dinner with make-to-order food, a wine cellar with selected wines and an iced tea and iced tea bar.

A second 7-Eleven is expected to open in the coming months, as Publix prepares to build a multi-tenant mall that will be anchored in a 50,000 square foot grocery store. A warehouse, self-storage facility and entertainment area are also planned at Westlake Landings.

Whitewater Approves Site Plan Process for Rafit Road Property Redevelopment

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Beachburg – Despite the sale of a major real estate property along the Ottawa River, Joe Kowalski says he’s not retiring or stopping Wilderness Tours.

Summerhill Resorts, a Toronto-based company that operates vacation properties primarily in southern Ontario, purchases 133 hectares of land from White Water & Wild Land Tours Ltd., which operates the outdoor adventure recreation company Wilderness Tours, which includes white water rafting. Summerhill Resorts also acquired the neighboring Logos Land resort.

Wilderness Tours will continue to operate from the old River Run property upstream of the subject property.

“When we bought the River Run property seven or eight years ago, the plan was to move Wilderness Tours there over time,” said Mr. Kowalksi, owner of White Water & Wild Lands. “When COVID hit and devastated the tourism industry, it sped up the process. It was a health and safety decision. Safety has always been our first priority. It used to mean “safety on the river,” but now it includes safety on land. ”

He explained that the new location, located right at the foot of the rapids used for rafting, means far fewer buses for rafting participants.

He stressed that he would not be retiring.

“At 73, I am too young to retire,” he said.

He sees a bright future for Wilderness Tours.

“In addition to rafting, canoeing and kayaking, we are also expanding and improving our bike paths,” he said. “We work with the Beachburg Off-Road Cycling Association (BORCA). We are used to seeing cars pass by with kayaks on them, but now we see just as many with bicycles.

He said Summerhill Resorts is a very professional operation which, with the purchase of the former base of Wilderness Tours, “will kick start tourism in this area in the future.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better buyer,” he said.

The 133-hectare property in question now houses 62 trailer sites, six cabins, two beach cabins / houses, a lodge and the Rafters building with ancillary recreation facilities and outdoor spaces.

Mr. Kowalski and his brother Jack, who remains a partner in the business, founded Wilderness Tours in 1975. His son, Joel, and daughter, Katie, are also with the business.

“Joel is the manager of the river and Katie is in charge of the bike.”

Site plan agreement with the township

Whitewater Regional Council is in the process of entering into a site plan agreement with Summerhill Resorts Ltd. to accommodate the redevelopment of the property at 503 Rafting Road.

The request to enter into the site plan agreement is supported by detailed site development plans, a wastewater treatment assessment report, and a water source assessment and inspection to assess the ” adequacy of existing wells and water treatment equipment with the proposed development.

Phase 1 of the proposed redevelopment does not suggest any new development. Instead, redevelopment will occur on existing developed sites and the scale of development is generally considered to be less than the historic use of the property. Future phases of development that require work on the foundation site will require full engineering and environmental assessments.

Whitewater Area Planner Ivan Burton noted that while no below grade development is proposed at this time, the site plan agreement will formalize a site development plan and servicing.

“This will ensure the health and safety of the public,” he said.

The property is designated as Tourist Commercial (TC) in the Renfrew County Official Plan.

Atlantic Beach Planners and Council Approve Tackle Box Tavern Site Plan Changes | New

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ATLANTIC BEACH – Planning and City Council moved quickly on Monday to approve changes to the Tackle Box Tavern site plan.

The Atlantic Beach Planning Council convened for a special meeting on Monday in the Town Hall meeting room at 1010 West Fort Macon Road, just before the council’s regular business meeting. The Board of Directors unanimously recommended that the Board approve a site plan change that was considered a minor change.

Later that night, the council agreed, unanimously granting approval to change the proposed open deck over the tavern to an enclosed space.

Planning and Zoning Director Michelle Eitner said at the Planning Council meeting local developer Fred Bunn, who works on the property, requested the change because they were unaware that it was not was not already in place in the sitemap.

“Because it’s not about being a full amendment, we don’t have to go back to reviewing the proposals with a joint meeting,” Ms. Eitner said. “We are speeding it up a bit because it is currently under construction… we want this construction to keep moving forward because construction can resume. “

The Tackle Box Tavern project is redeveloping an existing business in The Circle, an area that includes the property directly south of the Fort Macon Road / Atlantic Beach Causeway intersection and surrounding neighborhoods. The tavern is located at 107 Atlantic Blvd.

Mayor Trace Cooper said all business development in The Circle is subject to a major sitemap.

“We want to make sure that development is going the right way, whether it’s in The Circle or elsewhere, it requires these plans,” he said. “This is a project that is underway and we are delighted to see it come to fruition. “

Other projects are underway in the neighborhood, including the redevelopment of the council promenade, which is currently in the planning phase. Mr Cooper said during council comments that starting Tuesday, city staff are accepting applications from engineers and design firms for the promenade redesign competition.

Mr Cooper said on Monday that officials have already expressed interest in participating in the redesign of the city-owned promenade, which officials say is in poor condition and in need of replacement or repair.

“I’m excited to see what we get out of it,” Cooper said.

The first round of submissions is scheduled for Saturday January 15.

In other news at the council meeting, City Councilor Danny Navey said residents had raised concerns with him over recent coyote sightings in town.

The The North Carolina Wildlife Commission issued an advisory in late October this active coyote season is underway as young coyotes leave their parents’ territory.

City Councilor Austin Waters agreed the sightings were widespread.

“It’s not just one end of town,” Mr. Waters said, “they’re everywhere.”

Mr Navey said he believes the city should be proactive in addressing residents’ concerns about coyotes. The mayor has asked city manager David Walker to seek contact with an animal trapping service.

It also happened during the meeting:

  • The board received a report from the Director of Parks and Recreation, Morgan Gilbert, on activities at the Atlantic Beach Community Park during the summer. Ms Gilbert said the park’s mini-golf course had 14,935 paid golfers and 2,707 free golfers aged 6 and under. The mini-golf course remained open for a further month due to its success.
  • The board unanimously recommended that the Carteret County Board of Commissioners appoint Mr. Waters to represent Atlantic Beach on the County Beach Commission.
  • The board unanimously accepted an audit report for fiscal year 2020-2021 from the accounting firm Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Co. of Wilmington.
  • Council unanimously approved a sympathy resolution for the family of planning council member Norman Livengood. Mr. Livengood died on October 24.
  • The board unanimously approved the meeting agenda, including the minutes of the regular meeting on October 25th.

Contact Mike Shutak at 252-723-7353, email [email protected]; or follow us on Twitter at @mikesccnt.

Rezoning, approved site plan for Ashwaubenon gas station

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By Kevin Boneske

ASHWAUBENON – The rezoning of three Sports & Entertainment plots at B-3 Community Business to build a 5,200 square foot Holiday convenience store at the southwest corner of South Ashland Avenue and Mike McCarthy Way was approved on Tuesday, October 26 by the Village council.

Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said he would not have been in favor of rezoning the property if it had been located elsewhere in the Sports & Entertainment District.

“However, looking at the surrounding land uses – its location against South Ashland Avenue, the railroad, the surrounding land uses – it makes sense for this specific location (to rezone the property) to B-3 to facilitate the redevelopment of this property, ”he said.

Schuette said the project with an eight-dispenser fuel island and an accessory car wash would demolish an existing dilapidated warehouse.

“It’s going to clean up this site quite significantly,” he said.

Schuette said the overall village plan identifies commercial uses as permitted in this area.

He said the site would not have diesel pumps for semi-trailers, which was a concern of a neighboring landowner who raised during the public hearing the possibility of traffic jams in the area.

“It can have a diesel pump for diesel vehicles, but there won’t be pumps for semi-trailers,” Schuette said.

The council also approved a site plan for the project.

Schuette said two of the existing driveway access points on Mike McCarthy Way will be used for the convenience store, with a third driveway access point on South Ashland near the southern property line at approximately 200 feet south of the intersection with Mike McCarthy Way.

Jim Goeppner, director of real estate development for Holiday, said the two curbs along Mike McCarthy Way are designed to create the best flow of traffic for vehicles entering and exiting the property.

Exterior finishes requested in the site plan include stone-look paneling near the base extending to the corners of the buildings, a window system and a fiber cement wall panel system with concealed fasteners.

The conditions of approval for rezoning do not include any sale of products outside, with the exception of propane.

Village president Mary Kardoskee said she was happy other possible items for sale, such as bags of salt and firewood, were not left outside as the site is located at the main entrance to the Ashwaubenon Sports and Entertainment District.

Administrator Gary Paul said he was happy to see Holiday convenience store moving there.

“Overall I think it’s a good plan,” he said. “Everything is better than what currently exists. “

389 St. Clair Rezoning, Site Plan Approved

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photo by Renée Landuyt
The school administration building at 389 St. Clair will include 18 apartments, as well as eight townhouses built separately on the property.

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — With the conditional rezoning of 389 St. Clair from a single family to a transition at Monday night’s council meeting, 18 apartments and eight townhouses are now slated for the property.

After tabling the issue at the August council meeting, developers, brothers Mark and Craig Menuck of Curtis Building, went back to the drawing board to incorporate council recommendations and community input.

Changes to their original proposal include reducing the number of apartments from 23 to 18; eliminating and combining smaller units to create units as large as 1,270 to 1,600 square feet; reduce the size of the building on the Notre-Dame side to create setbacks of 9 feet instead of 5 feet; provide more parking spaces per unit than originally planned; and incorporating additional green space.

Plans include four one-bedroom apartments, 13 two-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom apartment, while all townhouses are over 2,000 square feet.

The site plan for the development was found to be consistent with the city’s master plan, according to city planner John Jackson.

“Although this site is not identified on the future land use plan as multifamily or transitional,” he said, “…(the site plan) speaks to some of the goals and objectives included in the city ​​master plan, such as preserving local historic assets like the school building and also providing alternative housing types and styles.

Demonstrated demand for use, Jackson said, can be seen in the fact that there are nearly 1,400 homes in the city that are only occupied by one or two people, while there are than 554 one-bedroom and two-bedroom units in the city. .

“The fact is that the houses are bigger than the population demands,” he said.

The planning commission, made up of members of the city council, unanimously recommended approval of the conditional rezoning on Monday, followed by the city council unanimously adopting the rezoning, along with the proposed site plan.

However, conditional rezoning will be revoked if developers fail to meet agreed criteria, such as sticking to a maximum of 18 apartments and eight townhouses; limit the height of the building to 35 feet, measured to the middle of the roof; maintain front yard setbacks the same distance as other Notre Dame homes, approximately 25 feet; and keep the side yard setback to the south a minimum of 9 feet and to the north a minimum of 22 feet.

Developers will also be required to pressure test the existing water line to ensure adequate water pressure in the existing neighborhood and new development, covering 100% of any improvements deemed necessary by the City, which could include the water main replacement along either Notre Dame or St. Clair.

“The zoning change is conditional on them building the project exactly as you approve of it on the site plan,” City Attorney Charles Kennedy said, “and there are timelines consistent with our code. zoning so they can do it.”

These deadlines include the requirement for the developer to obtain permits within one year, to begin construction within six months and to complete construction within two years.

“I have complete confidence in our ability to manage this process and work with the developer and get what we need,” said Mayor Sheila Tomkowiak. “…Best practice for old buildings is adaptive reuse, not filling landfills with century-old buildings and not building cheap houses so we look like a housing estate. That’s what would happen here.

In the jam-packed council chamber on Monday evening, many residents opposed the development, some of whom put up signs on the lawn indicating so.

“If you want to build apartments, do it in a different zoning,” said St. Clair resident Steve Cavera. “Don’t do it in the middle of this residential community. It’s the wrong place, not necessarily the wrong idea. For those of you in the audience who want more rentals, I don’t disagree with you, (but) pick the best place for it. It’s not the best place for it.

Concerns of St. Clair residents opposed to the development included apartment visitors filling up street parking, the type of tenants who might move into the city, and increased traffic on the streets.

Photo by Renée Landuyt
These signs opposing the apartment development were placed along the stretch of St. Clair between Jefferson and Maumee.

While a report by the Transportation Improvement Association stated that the apartments would generate 77 fewer vehicle trips per day than the current use of the administration building, opposing residents strongly disagreed with the statistics.

However, some residents supported the development.

“Studies have shown that we need more smaller units for seniors and single professionals and these will appeal to single professionals with the rents they are asking for,” said St. Light. “Removing the old building, I think, will disrupt the neighborhood far more than retaining and rehabilitating it.

“We have empty storefronts in The Village that could handle some foot traffic,” he added, “and it’s only a few blocks away and it’s a perfect location for that.”

According to City Manager Pete Dame, a financial report revealed the development will generate $227,000 in taxes per year, of which $65,000 will go to the City. Currently, the City does not levy any taxes on school property.

“The proposed development would support the value of the property,” Councilor David Fries said. “It would strengthen economic investment. It would provide a place to live for empty nesters and young professionals and, finally, it would preserve the architecture of 1906 and 1912.”

Ahead of the vote, several council members took the opportunity to tour a development in Plymouth where Curtis Builders has also converted a former school building into flats. Everyone said they were impressed.

“It’s truly remarkable how much the building’s history has added charm to the character of this development,” said Councilor Maureen Juip. “…(389 St. Clair) is truly a building that contributes to the character of our community of Grosse Pointe City and I am grateful that someone wants to continue to give it new life.”

Board of Directors Approves One Riverside Site Plan, Apartment Concept | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

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The Downtown Development Review Board is advancing plans for the residential / commercial replacement of the old Florida Times-Union building in Brooklyn, valued at $ 182.2 million by an Atlanta-based developer.

The board, which reviews downtown plans for zoning code compliance and design guidelines, met on November 10 and unanimously approved the final site plan for the development in several phases and the conceptual design of the 270 mixed-use apartments of the first phase.

Developer Fuqua Development LLC wants to demolish the TU building and build the One Riverside residential and commercial project on approximately 13.42 acres at 1 Riverside Avenue along the Saint John River.

Fuqua partnered with TriBridge Residential to develop the apartments.

The plan would also restore McCoys Creek and add a public park that will be owned by the city and maintained by the city. The park property is on the east side of the property.

City council committees are expected to hold their first votes Nov. 15-16 on a $ 31.59 million development incentive package.

The Downtown Investment Authority approved the deal, which includes a property tax refund of $ 28,419,169 and $ 3,174,971 in completion grants and expense credits, in September.

Fuqua plans to buy the property from the Morris family, based in Augusta, Georgia.

In addition to the apartments, the first phase of the project has over 45,000 square feet of retail space, including a grocery store, a seven-level parking garage with 502 spaces, and additional surface parking.

The second phase includes two mixed-use buildings along the restored creek with approximately 15,000 square feet of retail space; a restaurant by the river; a 125-unit multifamily residential building; and parking. This phase would not begin until at least 2025.

The site map of the One Riverside project

Design conditions

The design review committee voted 8-0 to approve the site master plan. The final version shows a pedestrian plaza added at the end of May Street.

In October, board members said the street seemed “dead end” before the Riverwalk was a problem.

The latest site plan also identifies a pedestrian bridge to allow people access from the development on McCoys Creek to the public park that council members said was not in the preliminary plan.

Cyndy Trimmer, Partner Lawyer at Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow, represents the Fuqua / TriBridge team of developers on the project.

Despite the DDRB’s previous concerns, Trimmer said the developer could not reduce the amount of surface parking along Leila Street inside the development to support the grocer. Leila Street crosses Riverside Avenue and is one of two access roads to the site.

Instead, plans include a pedestrian zone with space for public art that Trimmer says will make entering the site a “better experience” for pedestrians.

“We have the challenge of implementing these best urban design practices with market demand,” Trimmer said.

The pedestrian circulation scheme of the project.

Project walkability

The board as a whole addressed the possibility of walking inside development.

He listed four conditions in exchange for site plan approval: 10-foot sidewalks on the west side of Leila Street; a 12 foot sidewalk leading from the Downtown Riverwalk to the park; 10 designated parking spaces for the park; and a traffic calming plan for the crosswalk from Leila Street to Riverside Avenue.

Prosser is the project engineer.

The developers will have to report the residential design of the first phase to the DDRB for final review. The board of directors will analyze and approve the designs for the first retail phase and the second development phase as separate projects.

At the meeting, the council praised the architecture of the multi-family units.

Bill Schilling and Craig Davisson told TriBridge and architect Dwell Design Studio that they would like to see more color and accent in the parking garage screening before the final exam.

“Color is like fashion. It’s here today, gone tomorrow, ”Davisson said. “I would stay away from fashionable things. “

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Plano City Council to vote on lettuce greenhouse site plan “ News”

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After a few months of delay, Plano’s city council plenary committee agreed to move a vote on the proposed site plan for a BrightFarms industrial greenhouse that would produce lettuce to the full city council for a vote. Mayor Mike Rennels said city council is not yet committed to much.

The proposed site from Eldamain Road to Corneils Road would be constructed in two stages and would have several greenhouses for lettuce production.

Rennels says negotiations are ongoing. It is expected that operating the city’s utilities at the site will cost around $ 5.1 million.

Rennels says bringing utilities to the site could be a boon to future development.

A BrightFarms representative previously told Plano City Council that the completed installation could create around 200 permanent jobs. Lettuce is grown in indoor pools so there would be no runoff. A sticking point for some Plano aldermen was the potential use of the facility’s water.

City council could vote on the site plan for the proposed greenhouse later this month.

Dawsonville Planning Commission approves site plan for townhouse community

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During the November 8 meeting of the Dawsonville Planning Commission, the commission approved the site plan for a townhouse community project to be built on Maple Street in Dawsonville.

According to the information package included with the application, Cook Communities has requested approval of a site plan for an attached single-family home located at 362 Maple Street. Gainesville attorney Jane Range spoke during the meeting with members of the planning committee on behalf of the plaintiff, explaining that the company is seeking permission to build 31 townhouses on the plot of ground.

“The property is zoned into the multi-family neighborhood and the townhouses are a permitted use in the neighborhood and they are seeking permission for 31 homes,” Range said. “Basically, approval of the site plan is all that was needed as it is already zoned with townhouses. ”

Range presented the site plan to the Planning Commission, explaining that the proposed development would be a single-entry road with a cul-de-sac, retention pond and the 31 townhouses. The proposed townhouses as presented at the meeting would be 1,600 square feet, three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and would meet the minimum requirements for the neighborhood.

She added that the designs of the proposed units have been changed in the current plan from previous ones to add more differentiation between the units, rather than all looking the same.

“The only problem that arose during the staff review was to do a bit of modulation up front and try to add more bricks.” The units are somewhat staggered so they don’t not form a single large line across the entire forehead – some [are] with shutters, some without shutters, slatted boards, straight boards and others with a window on the third floor to change the exterior appearance.

Anna Toblinski, Planning Commissioner of Station 4, asked the applicant if there will be a fence along the dividing lines of the proposed development. Keith Cook, the owner of Cook Communities, said his company typically adds a vegetated buffer zone all around their developments with staggered tree lines.

Station 3 Planning Commissioner Sandy Sawyer asked Cook if the development would have an association of owners. Cook responded that the development would have an HOA and all yards would be professionally landscaped.

During the presentation of the proposed development, the Director of Planning and Zoning, David Picklesimer, questioned the applicant regarding several conditions included in the zoning of the parcel, including the requirement that the development be identified as ” active adult community ”.

“They will be required to incorporate the verb for this community of active adult life; it will also have to be part of the alliances, ”said Picklesimer. “It’s R3 zoning with the zoning condition for active adult life and other conditions as well; the interior of houses should meet certain requirements.

Toblinski added that another of the conditions was that 20 percent of units must meet accessibility requirements for people with disabilities. Cook said that while his business typically has a few units that are accessible to people with disabilities, they generally leave it up to the owner to customize when they move in.

According to the notes of the urban planning director in the information file included with the request, “the R6 zoning has been approved with the following conditions: dedicate an additional right-of-way, the agreements must identify the project as an active adult, widen the road Of Maple Street South’s two-foot paved traffic, twenty percent of units must meet accessibility requirements for people with disabilities.

Picklesimer informed the Planning Commission that while the currently proposed units do not meet the stipulations set out in the zoning approval, the issue on the table at Monday’s meeting is only to approve the site plan, which only includes the layout of the lot and the configuration of the street. . For this reason, he said that the planning commission could take steps to approve or deny the site plan and that the applicant could work either to meet the conditions set out in the current zoning or to request a rezoning of the property. in order to allow different directives.

Range and Cook told commissioners they would work with Picklesimer to work out the details of how to meet the zoning requirements.

“We’ll go ahead and work with David again to see what we need to do about the active adult and if that will work and if we need any other zoning changes,” Range said.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the site plan for the proposed development. The application is expected to go to Dawsonville City Council with a public hearing on December 8, and council is expected to approve or deny the development on December 20.

Planning Commission will vote on the site plan for the condos on the lake on Tuesday | News, Sports, Jobs

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MARQUETTE – The Town of Marquette Planning Commission is about to vote on a proposed site plan for the construction of eight condominiums at the corner of Lakeshore Boulevard and Hawley Street.

The point, which does not require the approval of the Marquette municipal commission or a public hearing, is the main event on the agenda for Tuesday night’s town planning committee meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. hours at the town hall.

The proposed site plan includes 96 residential units spread across the eight four-story buildings, new parking lots, site grading, landscaping and site improvements, according to planning commission documents. The exact location of the proposed development is 2401 Lakeshore Blvd., just north of BioLife across Hawley Street. The property is currently zoned as a multi-family residential.

The property is currently owned by Islander Beach and Tennis Club LLC, and the listed architect is Progressive AE, based in Grand Rapids.

The group first submitted a site plan in 2020, but withdrew its request at that time from the Planning Commission for consideration. They submitted amended plans for review on October 12.

According to city documents, the proposed development would impact 1.24 acres of wetlands, which would be required by the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to be replaced by 2.29. acres of man-made wetlands created by the developer.

Islander Beach and Tennis Club LLC entered into a land agreement with the city in 2019 that allowed the city to acquire a 0.13 acre parcel that was “Necessary for the relocation of Lakeshore Boulevard”, as well as the 0.2 acre parcel needed for the Hawley Street stormwater management project, according to a previous Journal article. The club ceded the two plots to the city. In exchange for the land, the agreement allowed the club to prepare the plot at 2401 Lakeshore Blvd. for further sale and development.

Whether or not the site plan conforms to the city’s land use planning code and site plan review standards described in Sec. 54.1402 (E).

If the town planning commission finds that the site plan is compliant and votes to approve the plan, development can continue without the approval of the municipal commission.

The public is welcome to attend Tuesday’s meeting at Town Hall. Two public comment sessions will take place, one for agenda items and another for non-agenda items.

To download and view Tuesday’s planning committee agenda, visit

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Set of audience on the site plan of a five-story building next to the library and historical museum

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A public hearing on the site plan application for a five-story, 50-foot-high mixed-use building at the corner of Osborn Avenue and Court Street will be held on December 7 at 2:05 p.m.

The G2D Group of Huntington proposal currently includes 37 rental apartments on the second through fifth floors, downstairs office / conference rooms, a rooftop terrace for use by building residents and related improvements. site such as parking, lighting, landscaping and drainage. systems.

The developer has requested nine waivers from the Zoning Appeal Board, seeking relief from the zoning code requirements for minimum front, side and back yards, off-street parking setbacks, minimum parking space size , the size of the vegetation buffer zone and parking lot planting requirements and some lighting requirements.

The half-acre site is located in the recently adopted Railroad Avenue Urban Renewal Overlay District.

A public hearing on August 26 before the ZBA drew opposition from neighboring landowners – the Suffolk County Historical Society and the Riverhead Free Library – and members of the community.

On September 23, the ZBA granted six of the nine requested exemptions, denying requests for “upward lighting” in violation of the city’s “dark sky” code, exterior lighting more than 16 feet above the ground. ground and minimum size relief of parking spaces for all spaces. The applicant requested that all stalls be 9 by 20 feet instead of the required 10 by 20 feet. The panel allowed for a combination of 15 full-size stalls (10 by 20 feet) and 20 compact car-sized stalls (8 by 16 feet).

The deviations sought would not result in a draft tat disproportionate to the size of the property, the ZBA determined. “The building is significantly below the maximum coverage allowed by the code,” the board said in its decision.

The deviations will not result in an “unwanted change in neighborhood” and “to the extent that the deviations will contribute to a change in the character of surrounding properties or the neighborhood, the change is a change for which the city has expressly communicated a desire. and an intention by adopting their strategic plan and overlay zoning for the Railway Avenue Urban Renewal Zone, ”said the ZBA’s decision.

“The variation in demand will not have a negative impact on the physical or environmental conditions of the neighborhood / district, as the current neighborhood is dilapidated and unwelcoming,” the board wrote. “In fact, adding this building and its uses will improve the neighborhood. ”

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Four cannabis companies receive special land use and site plan approval

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Four proposed marijuana businesses received special land use and site plan approval on Wednesday in a special public hearing by the Township of Monroe Charter Planning Commission.

The commission unanimously agreed to grant special land use and site plan approval to Anna Sloan, LLC and Telkaif, LLC for their marijuana producer project at 15600 South Telegraph Road; TC MI Ann Arbor 2, LLC and the marijuana supply hub offered by Party Stop Inc. at 1118 South Telegraph Road; the supply center offered by UM1, LLC and Monroe Premier Plaza Inc. at 14750 LaPlaisance Road; and the Adult Supply Center and Retailer offered by Brian Toma and Cepo, LLC at 15530 South Telegraph Road.

Consideration of the special approval of a land use / site plan for a marijuana supply center and adult retailer to be located at 1510 W. 7th Street, which was made payable to day of the special hearing, was filed until the December meeting of the commission, at the request of the owners of the proposed business.

Wednesday’s hearing was held at 5 p.m. because the commission expected it to last a long time, as happened in several of its recent meetings regarding potential cannabis companies. . But only a handful of residents attended the session, and only a few took turns on the podium to urge the commission to reject the proposals.

Mary Straub said she was “totally opposed … to each (any of these companies)”

“The Township of Monroe is a small township, why are (these companies) coming together in our township? Straub asked. “The town of Monroe doesn’t want it, Frenchtown doesn’t want it, Erie doesn’t want it; what attracts these people to our municipality? We don’t need it, we don’t want it, and that would be detrimental to the way of life of our community. “

Marjorie Cramer expressed concern about the potential odors that could be produced by these facilities.

“If you’ve ever smelled any of these things, they smell like a skunk,” she said. “We don’t want that smell in our town. If this is approved and the odors are not controlled, my question is, what kind of control will this commune have… for everyone? “

Kim Fortner, zoning officer for the township, said the township nuisance ordinance will be how it controls any potential odor issues among marijuana businesses.

“The nuisance ordinance is written quite vague, basically if it interferes with a reasonable person’s right to tranquility, we consider it to be contrary to the ordinance,” said Fortner. “The odor control plan that these establishments have given states that there will be no odor outside the buildings, so if you smell anything let us know and we can enforce the ordinance on them. nuisances … “

Regional vice president of local farm finance company GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Erin DuBois, submitted a letter to the planning committee opposing the five proposals that were considered on Wednesday. GreenStone has a branch at 15615 S. Telegraph Rd.

“… This special land use stands in stark contrast to the current physical environment of the region’s business objectives,” DuBois wrote. “The general nature of this area as it has evolved is far removed from any form of medical or retail establishment related to marijuana and other related recreational products. Creating a special zoning for a medical or recreational marijuana supply center would expand a use that is not normally seen in that area, or does it match the description of what the owners have valued with their major investments in that area? from the community of Monroe … “

Commissioner John Manor reminded residents that the Planning Commission is “very restricted” on how it reviews proposals, as it must view them strictly in terms of whether businesses “operate within the framework of our zoning and our ordinances as they exist “.

“We are not allowed to make personal or emotional decisions as to whether or not to approve them,” Manor said. “We’re here to determine if they’re legally within the ordinances and zoning limits that we currently have for our township. We appreciate where many of you are coming from, but frankly we’re very limited as to whether we approve or not approve these, with regard to the recommendations of the planning (of the township) (department) and of the engineers …

“The city council of elected officials that you elect can absolutely make arbitrary decisions, vote yes or no on things without having to cite a legal precedent as to why they do it. However, in a commission, we are bound by the rules and regulations. , and the zoning that we have this. “

Representatives from three of the four companies that received approval on Wednesday spoke at the public hearing, with all three saying they would comply with all recommendations, ordinances and other regulations set out by the township.

Greg Van Wynn, director of asset management and acquisitions for TC MI, said odor control is a top priority for his company as it seeks to establish a supply hub for medical marijuana.

“We will make it compulsory within our establishment not to let any odor come out of our establishment,” he said. “… The building will be completely under a slight negative pressure, so no smell will be able to leave our establishment. We take this opportunity very seriously, we are here to be a positive addition to this community and to be part of the business community here in Monroe Township. Personally, I will take this as a task for me to get involved with the other operators and licensees in this unit, to create a guild to see where we can come together to make positive investments with our time and energy and efforts in the community.

“We can’t wait to move forward.”

Neither Brian Toma nor any other representative of Cepo, LLC spoke or appeared to be present when their application was reviewed and ultimately approved. Manor has requested that a letter or email be sent to the entity asking them to do their utmost to be present and on time at any future hearing or meeting regarding the proposed business.

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Site map approved for the project anchored by the national steakhouse chain

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West Des Moines City Council this week approved the site plan for a development that will include a Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Architectural rendering by BSB Design

A development proposal that will include a popular national steakhouse lifted a key hurdle this week when West Des Moines City Council approved the project’s site plan.

The developer of the CRG Residential project, located in Carmel, Indiana, plans to construct a mixed-use building that will be anchored by Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a chain of New Orleans-based steakhouses. The restaurant will occupy 15,000 square feet in the four-story building that will be located on the southwest corner of Jordan Creek Parkway and Ashworth Road, according to city documents.

The building, with a brick and fiber cement exterior, will include an additional 8,000 square feet of commercial space and 199 multi-family residential units, according to city documents. Multi-family units and commercial space will wrap around a multi-level parking structure.

Development costs are estimated between 20 and 30 million dollars.

City officials are working with CRG Residential to finalize a development deal that could include an economic development grant of up to $ 2.3 million, according to a city document. The agreement could also include a breakdown of who will be responsible for infrastructure improvements.

According to information provided to the board, items that could be part of the deal include:

  • The city is paying for and building improvements to 76th Street between Ashworth Road and just north of Aspen Drive. The city would install traffic lights at Ashworth and 76th Street.
  • The developer ensures that sidewalks around the development are installed, a private east-west street between Jordan Creek Parkway and 76th Street is constructed, and a regional underground detention pond is developed for the project site and the 76th area. Street. The city would reimburse the developer for the cost of the work.
  • The developer initiated the process of installing streetlights around the development and ensured that a power line along Ashworth Road between 76th Street and Jordan Creek Parkway was buried. The work would be carried out by MidAmerican Energy Co. and the city would reimburse the associated costs.

Work on the project site is unlikely to begin for several weeks, according to city officials. The promoter is not yet the owner of the property. Once the land is acquired, documents must be completed to link the properties together. In addition, architectural plans need to be revised, a process that can take up to four weeks.

Once development of the site begins, construction could take up to 18 months.

Site plan approved for project anchored by national steakhouse chain

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The West Des Moines City Council this week approved the site plan for a development that will include a Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Architectural rendering by BSB Design

A proposed development that will include a popular national steakhouse cleared a key hurdle this week when the West Des Moines City Council approved the site plan for the project.

Project developer CRG Residential, located in Carmel, Indiana, plans to construct a mixed-use building that will be anchored by Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a steakhouse chain based in New Orleans. The restaurant will occupy 15,000 square feet of space in the four-story building that will be located on the southwest corner of Jordan Creek Parkway and Ashworth Road, according to city documents.

The building, with a brick and fiber cement board exterior, will include an additional 8,000 square feet of commercial space and 199 multi-family residential units, according to city documents. Multi-family units and commercial space will wrap around a multi-level parking structure.

Development costs are estimated at $20-30 million.

City officials are working with CRG Residential to finalize a development agreement that could include an economic development grant of up to $2.3 million, according to a city document. The agreement could also include a breakdown of who will be responsible for infrastructure improvements.

Based on information provided to the board, items that could be part of the deal include:

  • The city is paying and building improvements to 76th Street between Ashworth Road and just north of Aspen Drive. The city would install traffic lights at Ashworth and 76th Street.
  • With the developer ensuring sidewalks around the development are installed, an east-west private street between Jordan Creek Parkway and 76th Street is constructed, and a regional underground retention pond is developed for the project site and the area of ​​the 76th street. The city would reimburse the developer for the cost of the work.
  • The developer initiating the process of installing streetlights around the development and ensuring that a power line along Ashworth Road between 76th Street and Jordan Creek Parkway is placed underground. The work would be done by MidAmerican Energy Co. and the city would reimburse the associated costs.

Work on the project site likely won’t begin for several weeks, according to city officials. The promoter does not yet own the property. Once the land is acquired, documents must be completed to bind the properties together. In addition, architectural plans must be revised, a process that can take up to four weeks.

Once site development begins, construction could take up to 18 months.

Planning Commission Approves Site Plan for Pearl Street Housing | News, Sports, Jobs

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Garrett Neese / Daily Mining Gazette Houghton City Manager Eric Waara gives an update to the Planning Commission while President Tom Merz listens.

HOUGHTON – The Houghton Planning Commission approved the site plan review for a new apartment complex on Pearl Street at its meeting on Tuesday.

The new complex is located in a recently rezoned area from R-3 to R-4, which allows for more dense development and allows for tighter setbacks and less parking space.

Intended for students, the new complex will have 120 parking spaces for 153 beds, more than the 76.5 required by the R-4. To encourage students not to bring their own cars, the resort will either offer a carpool service or charge students extra for parking, project architect Barry Polzin said.

“Maybe you’re not going to have all the students, but you’re going to have a few more that say ‘OK I don’t need a car, I’m just going to leave it there'” he said. “… This is happening all over the world, so you might as well do it here too.” “

For bike racks, which have the same required number of 76.5, it will offer 180. Polzin said the space could also include a dedicated area in the garage for recycling.

About 23.3% of the site will be developed, above the 20% requirement, Waara said.

In an email, Planning Commission member Kristine Bradof suggested replacing non-native plants listed in landscaping with comparable native plants that would provide value to pollinators and birds. The Wild Ones Keweenaw Chapter, a local landscaping group, offered to help select the plants, Bradof wrote.

Polzin said the stormwater management plans took into account the sidewalk design changes that will accompany the College Avenue construction project. TL Rentals applied for a stormwater permit in April, but has yet to get approval from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The predominant problem would be runoff from the roofs, Polzin said.

“In fact, it might flow by gravity … a pump might be the easiest way to do it, but we haven’t entered details on that yet.” he said. “We are awaiting confirmation of how much will take.”

The commission approved the site plan, subject to the project receiving permits from MDOT. The vote was 5-0, with Jen Julien, a member of the Planning Committee, abstaining due to possession of a property nearby.

In another action, the commission:

– Heard by Waara, the town was sued by the company that owns the Econo Foods property. The lawsuit concerns the new Kentucky Fried Chicken which is slated to open next year on an outdoor plot in front of the Evangel Community Church building. At a sitemap review hearing in July, a landowner lawyer argued that KFC’s proposal violated an agreement with ShopKo, which was previously on the Evangel site.

– I learned from Waara that the city was looking for a new signpost for the fire station on Sharon Avenue last week, which it said violated several city ordinances. Waara said he and code enforcement officer Jeff Jepsen spent 10 hours between them reviewing the history of the sign, which is on city property. The Michigan Department of Transportation will also review the paper records on the sign, which falls under its definition of a billboard.

“We want to make sure we have all the facts before contacting the dealer, so that we can do it once and do it right” he said.

– Discussed the city’s master plan, which is due to be revised in 2023. President Tom Merz recommended continuing previous practices by asking subcommittees to review different chapters in public meetings before holding open houses . The Commission also discussed how to obtain public comments on the questions to be asked in the survey that will be sent out before the completion of the master plan.

The commission also discussed the advisability of developing a subzone plan for the city center.

Polzin suggested that a cart such as the one the city had considered would be unnecessary, as the city has most of the information it would need. Waara said a cart would be more useful in determining the fate of a particular site, but less so for the city center in general. Vice President Bill Leder asked if the blueprint subcommittee formed earlier this year should continue, as the pace of the review would not allow it to pursue its goal of updating two chapters at a time.

“Everyone will be involved, and those of us who were on the committee will obviously have comments based on our discussions.” he said. “But it’s hard for me to see the need for this committee to continue with this.

– I heard an update from Waara on repairs to the Lakeshore Center, where part of the wharf collapsed. The city, Michigan Technological University and the National Park Service will meet to discuss a long-term solution. Michigan Tech conducted an R / C underwater survey of Dee Stadium and Ranger Pier.

“Fortunately, there was nothing scary” he said.

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Propane installation on Kroemer Avenue obtains approval from town planning council after site plan review

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A proposal to develop a liquid propane storage and distribution facility on Kroemer Avenue in Riverhead received preliminary site plan approval last week from the Riverhead Planning Board, which initially denied the application.

The planning council voted unanimously on a site plan that had been modified by the applicant, 48 Kroemer LLC, as a divided council rejected it on June 3, with the chairman of the planning council Stan Carey, who opposed the plan, citing objections from the Riverhead Fire District, the volume of LPG proposed for storage at the site, which is adjacent to a large existing propane facility and the orientation and location of the tanks storage offered by request. Carey was joined in opposition by members Richard O’Dea and George Nunnaro.

In July, the plaintiff filed a lawsuit challenging the council’s decision. The trial remains pending before the State Supreme Court.

In September, the applicant submitted another set of revised plans, reducing the number of 30,000 gallon storage tanks from eight to six, increasing tank withdrawals to a proposed industrial building and to the on-site rail branch.

Council decided that the revisions addressed the concerns of the Fire District and the Fire Marshal.

“They reduced the size of the project by about 20%,” Carey said in an interview on Friday. The applicant also accepted a condition in the resolution that no gas can be transferred between the new facility and a neighboring property. It was important to Carey and the others who initially opposed the approval, he said.

The board also received a note from the city attorney clarifying its responsibility to the fire district, as the fire marshal approved the plan, while the district fire commissioners opposed it.

“I’m asking for clarification that the city council, in their special permit, said the fire marshal and firefighters would provide security,” said Carey. Firefighters are still opposed to the project, he said. “So I wanted clarity. What did the city council mean by that?

The city council granted a special permit to 48 Kroemer LLC on September 15, 2020. The special permit allows use on the property. The resolution approving the special permit states: “The review of the site plan by the fire marshal and the fire department will ensure the safety of the LP facility. ”

The town’s lawyer informed the town planning council that “legally they have no say in the site plan”. It is returned to them for contribution, he said. “He basically said there was no legal reason to deny it because of the fire department,” Carey said.

Project architect Martin Sendlewski said yesterday that the claimant was happy to have taken the plunge.

“It is unfortunate that we had to reduce the LPG tanks by 25% even though the project originally met all the requirements,” Sendlewski said.

“What is more troubling is that the Riverhead Fire District has no confidence in the level of professionalism and expertise of Fire Marshal Craig Zitek,” he said. “Craig is very thorough and highly skilled.

He said the fire district should have accepted the fire marshal’s analysis rather than spending money on a third-party engineer to do the same job.

“We don’t understand this at all,” Sendlewski said.

The fire district attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Site Plan for Clear Lake Hy-Vee Approved by Planning and Zoning Commission | Govt. & Politics

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the exact total of Planning and Zoning Commission votes, and to clarify development plans for future lots.

On Tuesday evening, the Clear Lake Planning and Zoning Commission met to review the site plan for the proposed Hy-Vee grocery store in Clear Lake, as well as the larger Emerald Edge preliminary platform.

The preliminary platform proposed by Sukup Ag of Sheffield contains seven commercial lots and a subdivision all of which run along Route 18 between North 14th Street and North 20th Street.

The preliminary platform for the Emerald Edge development at Clear Lake.

The easternmost lot labeled “Commercial Phase 1 Lot 1” along North 20th Street and Highway 18 is where the proposed Hy-Vee and Convenience Store would be located.

The dish would also see the creation of two new streets, Jade Street and Hunter Place. Jade Street would run parallel to North 20th Street, but on the west side of the proposed Hy-Vee lot, connecting Hwy 18 with one entrance and exit to the right.

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Hunter Place is proposed to run east to west parallel to Highway 18, but on the north side of commercial lots three through seven.

Flory noted that there will likely be other projects developed in the other smaller commercial lots, and that the Planning and Zoning Commission may revisit it “soon” to discuss other projects under the development.

Jason Petersburg, project engineer for Veenstra & Kimm Inc., recommended that the Planning and Zoning Commission approve the preliminary platform.

The Planning and Zoning Board approved the preliminary Emerald Edge flat unanimously, 3-0.

The commission then reviewed the site plan specifically for the Hy-Vee grocery store.

The proposed development includes a 47,000 square foot Hy-Vee grocery store, an approximately 4000 square foot convenience store and parking on the 6.5 acre property. Flory noted in a previous meeting that Embree is expected to invest $ 8 million in the project.

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On Monday, Clear Lake City Council met to review and make changes to its city renewal plan. One of those changes was to adapt to a new Hy-Vee grocery store.

Flory noted that the schedule for the Hy-Vee is still pending, but the developers hope to innovate “within the next 30 days” with the goal of opening in the fall of next year.

Petersburg recommended that the Planning and Zoning Commission approve the site plan for the Hy-Vee.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the Hy-Vee site plan, 3-0.

The Embree development group is based in Georgetown, Texas, and the letter of intent stated that the group was interested in building a new retail space in the Willow Creek area of ​​Clear Lake.

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Jackson Zoning Board Approves Site Plan for Townhouses on Harmony Road

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JACKSON – Members of the Jackson Zoning Board of Adjustment have granted preliminary and final major site plan approval to an application that proposed the construction of 202 townhouses on Harmony Road.

The Zoning Board approved a use waiver for the applicant, Hyson Estates LLC / Grand Harmony, in February 2020.

The applicant returned this year to seek approval of the site plan. Testimony was provided on August 18, and the request was presented at the October 20 board meeting, when the testimony ended and site plan approval was granted.

Following the conclusion of the testimony, a motion was made to grant preliminary and final approval of the major site plan and council members James Hurley, Toniann Comello, Michelle Russell, Lynne Bradley and Steve Costanzo voted “yes On the motion.

The 202 units will be spread over 10 buildings with 10 townhouses; six buildings with eight row houses; and nine buildings with six row houses. Evidence provided by representatives of the Applicant indicates that there will be 92 two-bedroom townhouses and 110 three-bedroom townhouses. They said 40 units will be designated as affordable housing.

Affordable housing is defined as housing that is sold or rented at below market rates to individuals and families whose income meets certain guidelines. New Jersey municipalities are under court order to provide affordable housing development opportunities within their borders.

Lawyer Adam Pfeffer and Engineer Bill Stevens represented the plaintiff at the October 20 meeting.

Stevens said the parking plan has been revised to ensure there will be sufficient parking in the development. He noted that there had been a discussion on this issue in August.

Initially, the driveway offered for each unit at the market rate was 18 feet wide, and each townhouse had a two-car garage and a two-car driveway.

Each driveway has been widened to 20 feet, so each market rate unit now offers 3.5 off-street parking spaces where 2.5 spaces are needed, Stevens said.

With respect to on-street parking, the applicant proposed 32-foot-wide roads in the development.

“This is done on purpose to allow open space and allow parking on either side of the street where it is available. However, according to the site map… the possibilities for on-street parking are certainly limited. However, we would like to continue to be allowed to have on-street parking where it is available, but it is not included in our parking tables, ”Stevens said.

The project requires 494 parking spaces. The applicant provides 711 parking spaces.

Affordable housing will be at the center of the 10-unit buildings.

“These units each have a parking space in front of the unit itself. The (residents) would then use off-street parking elsewhere on the site for any (other vehicles) they might have.

“The board was concerned with the location of some of the off-street parking that we provided. So we went in and revised the plan to add additional off-street parking near the 10-unit buildings to address that particular concern, ”Stevens said.

There will be a club house in the development with 44 parking spaces.

“The parking provided exceeds what is required for the clubhouse, but frankly it is our hope and our design for this project to be designed to be a walkable project.

“We think this is a special project and we hope that people will use the walking trails that we have added to this project and that the parking lot at the clubhouse will only be used in unusual circumstances,” said Stevens said.

As part of the request, improvements will be made to Harmony Road with regard to sidewalks and curbs, according to the testimony provided.

New apartments in Brighton receive site map extension

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By Mike Kruzman / [email protected]

An extension of the site plan has been granted for an apartment complex project in the city of Brighton.

Vistas at Uptown will be a 200-unit luxury apartment complex on Second Street in Brighton. Developer DTN Management initially received sitemap approval in 2018, then a one-year extension in 2019. In April 2020, DTN presented an amended sitemap with changes that were approved, but the pandemic caused delays. They were again before the Planning Commission last Monday, asking for a further one-year extension.

Brighton Community Development Director Mike Caruso said normally if construction does not start within 12 months the site plan becomes void, but his department believes significant work has been done. DTN demolished 6 houses, cleared the land, relocated utilities and has already invested approximately $ 500,000 in the project. Caruso said that in speaking with the city’s lawyers, they believed construction should continue to the point where it looks like a building will go up to prevent the site plan from being canceled.

John Woods of DTN has said he doesn’t want to make a habit of coming back for extensions, but the pandemic has posed problems. Rising lumber costs initially affected their ability to purchase lumber for wood-frame buildings. As lumber costs have come down, the current supply chain issues affecting the world are affecting them as well. Woods said they own and are engaged in this project, and are just looking for a comfortable window to start it. He expects to be able to begin foundation work in the spring.

The Planning Commission unanimously approved the 12-month extension, with several commissioners thanking Woods and DTN for their commitment to the City.

Rezoning, site plan approved for Maplewood Meats

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By Kevin Boneske

HOWARD – An application by T-Bone Investments to rezone two parcels along Milltown Road, from R-5 Rural Estate Residential to B-2 Highway Commercial, was approved last month by the Village council.

The Howard Plan Commission recommended the zoning change a week earlier, when it also supported a site plan for Maplewood Meats for the construction of a parking lot and the Evergreen Avenue connection proposed by the Department of Wisconsin Transportation and Milltown Road – part of which will be vacated by DOT and the Village – and reconfigure and expand the main parking lot west of Maplewood Meats.

Community Development Director Dave Wiese said the project is intended to stay ahead of the construction of the State Highway 29 / County VV interchange.

“The village will have to evacuate certain rights-of-way,” he said. “There are going to have to be some improvements. Things are going to have to be, obviously, buttoned up.”

Wiese said the project is consistent with the development of the region.

“Their long term plan was to develop the property,” he said.

Devin Winter of Excel Engineering spoke on behalf of the project last month, when he told the panel that the two parcels under zoning are on the north side of the existing Milltown Road.

“What is happening is that the requester more or less makes the connection from the project, or what is currently under construction as Evergreen (Avenue), by connecting to what is the existing Milltown Road for a connection to their existing parking lot. ” he said.

Winter said the part of Milltown Road vacated will be divided among the landowners.

“The north side would then be a trailer / truck parking lot (zone), with additional vehicle parking to the north – future expansion in the north for future expansion in the east,” he said. “And then, as part of that as well, there would be an extension of the parking lot of their main facility, which they currently have right now, and then resolving the grading and storm water issues as part of the project. . “

Village president Burt McIntyre said he was excited about the project.

“I know (Maplewood Meats) has been trying to grow for a while, and you want to get that cork out of the bottle,” he said.

Council greenlights site master plan for new Civic Hospital

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The goal is to commission the $2.8 billion facility by 2028.

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City Council approved a site master plan for The Ottawa Hospital’s new Civic Campus, another hurdle now cleared in the hospital’s quest to get the $2.8 billion facility operational for 2028.


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By then, the current Civic on Carling Avenue will be over a century behind its opening date. Hospital officials and affiliates have emphasized the need and benefits of a contemporary, state-of-the-art regional hospital, and there appears to be little disagreement in this regard.

But the journey to Civic 2.0 has not been smooth, with controversy over site selection in the rear-view mirror, some lingering dissatisfaction over elements of the hospital plan, and debates to come over exactly how to link the hospital to the city’s light rail transit system. , and other aspects of the site.

City staff recommended approval of the master plan, concluding that it demonstrated that transportation, parking, LRT access, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, built heritage and other matters “have been carefully considered and designed”. Some components will still need to be fine-tuned, staff said, as the hospital submits site plan control requests to implement the various phases of the project (the master plan outlines 10 extending to 2048).


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Staff will have delegated authority to approve such requests unless a ward councilor decides to revoke it, planner Sean Moore explained Wednesday. That said, staff have already committed to presenting the site plan control application for the hospital parking garage – part of the first phase of development – ​​to the planning committee for approval.

Council voted 19-4 Wednesday in favor of the master plan, with councilors Jeff Leiper, Shawn Menard, Rawlson King and Catherine McKenney opposing it.

“I think as a city we need to ask for better in this case,” Menard said, sharing his belief that the plan falls short when it comes to SLR integration and parking plans and that there are better alternative designs for the site footprint that would reduce the loss of trees and green space and improve the transit experience.


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Stephen Willis, the city’s general manager of planning, infrastructure and economic development, said the hospital’s architects carried out several iterations of the site layout, taking into account considerations such as the distance needed from to a railway line to avoid interference with medical instruments, geotechnical problems and protection. of trees currently on the site.

“Our staff regularly challenged them, as did the (National Capital Commission) staff, about their setup, and they presented this as the best arrangement for the needs of health care delivery in establishment,” Willis said.

For his part, Mayor Jim Watson refuted nearly every argument against the hospital’s current plan: the significant cost and other hurdles associated with burying the planned parking lot; TOH’s commitments to green and public spaces, tree preservation, and replanting five trees for every tree felled; the need for on-site parking for hospital users; and plan provisions for direct and weather-protected LRT connectivity, transport monitoring and a transport demand management plan.


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“I believe that after 14 years of planning, we are finally in a position to move this file forward and help bring this new world-class hospital to Ottawa,” said Mr. Watson. He told his fellow board members “there are municipalities across Ontario that would be happy to receive these coveted and scarce health care funds to build a hospital in their community.”

Ahead of the Planning Committee’s vote on the site’s master plan earlier this month, Joanne Read, TOH’s Executive Vice President and Chief Planning and Development Officer, was asked what would happen next. it was not immediately approved.

Ms. Read said she thought the project’s construction and completion timelines would be in jeopardy and was also concerned that TOH was the only one “knocking on the province’s door” over funding.


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Committee members tempered their approval of the site’s master plan by asking staff to work with TOH on elements of cycling infrastructure, tree planting and a substantial reduction in surface parking.

Regional Councilor Leiper also obtained approval to require certain conditions of a neighborhood traffic study and that the TOH fund recommended mitigation efforts based on this study.

Staff were also tasked with ensuring that the internal road network proposed for the new Civic could accommodate local transit services and that site lighting met certain conditions.

All board members, including Watson, approved a board proposal. Riley Brockington will ask Watson to write to federal cabinet ministers, new MP for Ottawa Center Yasir Naqvi and National Capital Commission Board Chair calling for federal legislation to ensure long-term land protection remains of the Central Experimental Farm and a new master plan for the farm.


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Naqvi pledged during the election campaign to introduce a law to protect the farm in perpetuity.

Paul Saurette, a member of the Dows Lake Residents Association’s special committee on the new hospital, called the committee members’ motions “very genuine and constructive attempts at problem solving” and said the association is looking forward to it. to partner with the city and the hospital for, for example, the planned neighborhood traffic study.

Karen Wright, president of the Civic Hospital Neighborhood Association, shared a similar mindset on Wednesday and said her association would remain engaged with any upcoming site plans. Already, she and other community association officials have met with the hospital to go over details of planned parking.

The site plan control app will be available on the city’s website in the coming weeks, according to Moore, the planner, and residents will have an opportunity to provide feedback.



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New Civic Campus Site Master Plan Approved by Ottawa City Council

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City Council approved a master site plan for the new Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2028.

The $2.8 billion, 50-acre hospital will be located on federal land between Dows Lake and the Central Experimental Farm. The area of ​​the planned site consists of 44% buildings and landscaping, 22% buildings with green roofs and 34% green spaces and landscaping.

The site plan has already been approved by the planning committee and by the National Capital Commission, which controls the federal territory where the new campus will be built.

The council voted 19 to 4 in favor of the site’s master plan, with councilors Rawlson King, Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper and Shawn Menard voting against.

Councilors also approved a plan under which the mayor would write to federal environment and agriculture ministers, area MP Yasir Naqvi and the NCC to ensure the long-term protection of the Central Experimental Farm. .

The site was the source of controversy with area residents protesting the proposed above-ground parking garage and use of green space. The search for a new home for the nearly century-old Civic was turned upside down in 2015 when the newly elected federal Liberal government decided to revise the former Conservative government’s plan to build the new site directly across from the old one. The NCC had recommended building the new campus at Tunney’s Pasture, but The Ottawa Hospital’s Board of Trustees unanimously rejected the idea.

Construction of the new campus is expected to begin in 2024, by which time the current Civic Campus will be 100 years old.

Site map for the approved condo development in Grand Oaks

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By Alyssa Schnugg

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Despite concerns expressed by several residents of Grand Oaks, the Oxford Planning Commission approved the Sitemap for the new Grand Oaks Village on Augusta Drive Monday.

The new phase of the planned unit development, Grand Oaks, will be a 21 unit common interest development, or condominiums. Each unit will be a three bedroom single family home with a two car garage.

The property is located on 6 acres in the Grand Oaks development between the Rosemont and Grand Ridge subdivisions, west of Augusta Drive.

Condominiums are listed as “special use” for the neighboring residential area in the Land Use Planning Code, which means that additional standards are attached to the use, but no Planning Commission approval is required. to authorize use.

Grand Oaks residents who spoke at the meeting on Monday were primarily concerned about traffic and on-street parking that the addition of 21 new homes could bring to Augusta Drive and Rosemont Loop.

Augusta Drive will be the only road entering and exiting the subdivision.

Kimberly Stewart, who lives on Augusta Drive, said traffic problems would not be an easy solution.

“If that was a simple solution – let’s paint some yellow stripes, let’s say speed bumps – it would have already been solved,” she told the planning committee. “I am pro-Oxford development. But I am also for protecting what we have. If you have infrastructure struggling to support existing development, why add more cars to a road that endangers the safety of residents, workers, and children? “

The planning commission reminded meeting attendees that its job was only to review the site plan for development and ensure it complied with city ordinances.

It was suggested that neighbors bring traffic and parking issues to the council of aldermen.

The site plan was approved by 6 votes to 1.

Chelsea Square final site plan set to be presented to Sylvan Township Council

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The project for an 81-unit apartment complex called Chelsea Square is moving forward in the planning process with the Township of Sylvan.

A public hearing was held at the Township Planning Commission meeting on September 23 on the final site plan for the multi-family residential apartment complex. The developer has received recommended approval.

The final site plan will now need to be submitted to City Council for an official decision.

At the Township Board of Directors meeting on October 5, Sylvan Township Supervisor Kathleen Kennedy said the final site plan had been approved by the Planning Commission and the lawyer was currently working on a development agreement for review by the township board of directors.

There is no timeline for the final board review yet, but Kennedy said she expects it to be an upcoming board meeting of the canton.

According to the township staff report on the project, the site plan provides for 81 units of multi-family apartments at market price. The zoning of this new project will use two plots as a multi-family residence according to a consent judgment filed in December 2016.

The report states that the developer’s description indicates that the project is proposed to be built in a single phase and includes the construction of 17 buildings that will have access from Pielemeir Drive, which is a public road. The development would have public services provided by the Sylvan Township water and sewer system, and would also have an internal private road network unless accepted by the Washtenaw County Road Commission. The apartments will be owned and managed by Group 10 Development.

The development is proposed to be located on 16 acres of land. It is expected that there will be 37,800 square feet of open space while each apartment unit is expected to be approximately 1,300 to 1,500 square feet.

Richmond Heights council committee approves Belle Oaks final site plan – including Meijer

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio – The City Council Planning and Zoning Committee on Tuesday (October 5) approved a final site plan for the Belle Oaks Market project at the Richmond Town Square shopping center, 700 Richmond Road.

The plan will now be passed for a full council vote next week.

The site plan, which received Planning Commission approval the night before, includes two big changes from the architects of the second phase plan Bialosky Cleveland, working for the California developer. DealPoint Merrill, showed the board last fall.

First, the design was drastically altered to accommodate a company that would become the largest in the $ 200 million development – Meijer, a chain of Midwestern super centers that sells food, fashion, electronics and more.

A stand-alone Meijer building will be constructed just south of the current Life Storage (formerly Macy’s) building, measuring 159,000 square feet, along with a garden center that can be outdoors or indoors.

The second change is the one that eliminates Regal Cinema from Belle Oaks. Regal, which had been part of the old Richmond Town Square for years, was originally to be kept as an entertainment option at Belle Oaks, a mixed-use development that will include shops and 798 luxury apartments, as well as amenities such as as a park, outdoor swimming pool, underground and above ground parking, and more.

The final Belle Oaks site plan, with the phase two buildings in white and the phase one buildings in gray. Wilson Mills Road is at the top left, while Richmond Road is at the top right. (Jeff Piorkowski, special for

The Regal Cinema building, like the rest of the mall, will be demolished, likely in the first quarter of 2022.

In order to make way for the Meijer Building – which will include a large car park alongside the project which faces Wilson Mills Road – last year’s plan of a street cutting through the center of the development and heading towards Wilson Mills Road was amended.

The street, lined with apartment buildings, will now curve east around the Meijer Building before emptying into the eastern end of the development on Wilson Mills Road. Meijer will have its own separate entrance to Wilson Mills.

There will be two entrances / exits along Richmond Road as indicated on the previous plans. These entrances / exits will be located across from Hillary Lane (leading to and from the first phase of development north) and across from Geraldine Avenue.

The council’s amended plans seen on Tuesday were for the second phase of the project. The Council approved the plans for the first phase last year. On Tuesday, the council committee approved the entire package, consisting of the two phases.

In total, the project will include 24 acres of green space, which represents 35% of the 1.7 million square foot development area. Eight multi-family / commercial buildings will be constructed in the second phase. Other exterior buildings along Richmond Roads and Wilson Mills Roads remain options. The first phase will include five new buildings.

“This is a big hurdle to overcome and there is one more to come: a development deal,” said Ward 4 Councilor Mark Alexander, who chairs the Planning and Zoning Committee.

Besides a development agreement, in which taxes are distributed among the different parties involved, the city’s building commissioner Jim Urankar said developers must also submit lighting plans for council approval, separate landscaping and signage.

In addition, city council must approve every building constructed in Belle Oaks.

Alexander noted that the Meijer building planned for Belle Oaks will be different from those that currently exist, such as the store of Mentor at 9200 Mentor Ave.

“It’s a little different from the stores in Mentor, Avon – the stores that are in that area – where they’re really trying to break down the mass of their buildings, trying to implement different materials, adding glass components. , ”Said Brian Meng, associate director of Bialosky Cleveland.

“This is the prototype they are thinking of here as a reference. “

As part of the approved plan, the mall’s Firestone Complete Auto Care will be relocated to the area along Richmond Road just north of Walgreen’s.

When asked if Planet Fitness – still open at the mall site – would be part of Belle Oaks Marketplace, Meng said, “At the moment there really aren’t any tenants listed outside of Meijer, for phase 2. It could very well be moved indoors, but that’s under negotiation.

To see the sitemap as it was a year ago, visit the website Belle Oaks Marketplace website home page.

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Planning committee approves master plan for future Civic hospital site

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A two-day planning committee meeting ended Monday with a 6: 2 vote in favor of a site master plan for the future Civic Hospital at the Central Experimental Farm.


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The committee’s approval is one of many steps the Ottawa Hospital will need to take as it develops the $ 2.8 billion health care center at the east end of the farm near the Dow’s Lake. The new hospital, which will replace the existing Civic campus on Carling Avenue, is expected to open in 2028.

After hearing from dozens of public delegates on Friday, many of whom are still bitter about the site selection process, committee members waited until Monday to vote on the site map.

While the committee overwhelmingly supported the proposed site plan, several advisers predicted that there will be significant work to define the look and feel of the new hospital.

A major unresolved issue is how the hospital will be connected to the expanded Trillium Line, whose renovated Dow’s Lake station will be located on the north side of busy Carling Avenue.


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Stephen Willis, the city’s director general responsible for planning and infrastructure, said an underground pedestrian connection and an overpass are possible options to connect the hospital to the station, but that there might not be any decision before two or three years on which to build.

The hospital’s intention to build a four-story parking lot by 2024 is also of concern near the intersection of Carling Avenue and Preston Street. Willis said the hospital would cover up the Dows Lake scenic area garage.

  1. A June archive photo of The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus.

    Egan: We “settled” on the new Civic; no wonder long faces

  2. Basic design concept for The Ottawa Hospital's new Civic campus, on land currently part of the Central Experimental Farm.  (Dow's Lake is in the foreground. The current hospital campus can be seen in the background, at the top of the photo.)

    Adam: The hospital will be built. Focus on protecting the rest of the Ottawa Central Experimental Farm

County of the river. Riley Brockington, whose department covers most of the hospital project site, said the Central Experimental Farm was “vulnerable” and that he wanted the federal government to prevent further deterioration of the open space.


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“The farm is not protected from development,” Brockington warned while calling for federal law to protect the farm. The committee unanimously agreed.

The city may already have the ear of the government. New Liberal Ottawa Center MP Yasir Naqvi made the legislative protection of the Central Experimental Farm part of his platform during the recent federal election campaign.

It’s important to integrate the new hospital into the surrounding green space, Rideau-Goulbourn council said. Scott Moffatt, who co-chairs the planning committee.

Moffatt said healthcare workers working under severe stress deserved access to a natural environment, not a “concrete jungle”. The mental health of employees at the new health facility should be part of the decision making that goes into planning for the hospital project, Moffatt said.


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Kitchissippi County. Jeff Leiper and Capital Co. Shawn Menard voted against the site plan, but received unanimous support for motions in amendment related to access to public transit, cycling infrastructure, tree planting and community consultation on transportation issues.

Menard lamented the “undemocratic” way in which the land was chosen for the new hospital. He argued that the site plan falls short of what the board expected to see presented by The Ottawa Hospital.

Committee members voting in favor of the site plan were Glen Gower, Catherine Kitts, Jean Cloutier, Tim Tierney, Brockington and Moffatt. Laura Dudas and Allan Hubley were not present for the vote.

The board will be invited to support the hospital’s sitemap at a meeting on October 13.

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