Housing comeback: Maryville planners OK new versions of old subdivision plans
By Lesli Bales-Sherrod | (email@example.com)
Everything old was new again Monday as Maryville planning commissioners considered updated plats for proposed developments that had come before them years ago.
A planned development of attached housing that was started before the recession and never completed will be finished with fewer single-family homes with no commercial or professional properties.
Forty-eight new parcels have been created on the final plat of Ashwood Park, The Villas at Fairview, which was submitted to the Maryville Planning Commission by Roger Denny on behalf of Capital Bank.
The revised layout not only removed interior lot lines to increase the lot sizes for single-family homes, but also eliminated several lots along William Blount Drive and Dotson Memorial Road that originally were intended for commercial and professional use when the final plat last was approved in March 2007.
Six attached units were constructed and sold in the 15-acre subdivision before the housing market collapsed and the development was repossessed. Planning commissioners wanted to know that Denny would be working with the existing property owners to ensure that the covenants and restrictions are beneficial to both parties.
“We are emphatic about protecting their property values,” said Denny, noting that the new homes hopefully would sell for between $175,000 and $210,000.
Denny added that while no covenants were recorded when the six existing units were built, covenants would be recorded when the final plat is recorded. A homeowners’ association also will be formed.
The road network remains the same, with approximately 2,500 feet of public road already constructed and installed. These roads were dedicated to the county in 2007 with the commission’s approval of the final plat at that time.
City staff recommended final plat approval subject to all required signatures and a letter of credit or cash bond for completion of the conversion of the sedimentation pond to detention ponds, as approved by the appropriate stormwater agencies.
Staff also pointed out that the city’s subdivision regulations require that open space and recreational activities be maintained by the homeowners’ association and not by the city, and a note was placed on the plat to that effect.
The final plat was approved unanimously Monday night.
“I’m excited to see this coming back,” said Commissioner Fred Metz.
Amerine Road plat
In other action, planning commissioners approved a preliminary plat that subdivides the Chapman property along Amerine Road into 77 single-family residential lots. A concept plan that would have subdivided the property into 126 attached units was submitted to the planning commission in 2007, but a traffic study recommended by the city’s engineering department and the planning commission never was completed.
The current proposal by Primos Land Company creates 77 new single-family residential lots with 1,600 feet of proposed public roads. One entrance intersecting Amerine Road east of Amerine Downs subdivision, generally across from Epworth Drive, is planned.
“One entrance is preferred by homeowners from a safety standpoint,” said developer Josh Sanderson.
The city’s subdivision regulations do not require a certain number of entrances per number of lots in a development, although the planning commission has discussed this issue in the past.
The new developer had a traffic impact study conducted, which the city’s engineering department reviewed and approved. The city will convert the intersection of Wesley and Amerine to a three-way stop with all the necessary pavement markings and signage.
The city will also make necessary safety improvements near the intersection of Wesley Road and Amerine Road by eliminating the edge of the road drop-offs. Meanwhile, the developer will remove any vegetation necessary to achieve proper sight distance at the subdivision entrance.
Planning commissioners also approved a preliminary plat of Phase II of Valley View Farms, located between Sevierville Road and Amerine Road. This plat, also submitted by Primos Land Company, includes 34 single-family residential lots on 15.78 acres. An earlier preliminary plat of this property by another developer expired several years ago.