Planning board denies request

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, August 27, 2009

Applause broke out from those that filled Troy City Hall Thursday, as the Planning Commission denied a request for the first two phases of a subdivision at Wildridge.

The request, presented by Walt Stell on behalf of Prospect Ridge, LLC. would have allowed a 41-lot Patio Home development at the south end of Ingram Drive had the commission voted in its favor.

But, after opposition from neighboring residents, the Planning Commission denied the request in a 3-2 vote.

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Many of those present were concerned with the additional traffic the proposed Zebulon at Wildridge plat would bring to Ingram Drive.

“It took us 10 years so we could get enough saved to get a home on Ingram Drive so our kids could play without a lot of traffic,” said Holly Lowery.

The proposed subdivision would build 41 lots on 9.21 acres, and the only entrance would be on Ingram Drive.

“Is there another option to have an entrance other than Ingram Drive?” asked Mike Hall, a resident on Ingram Drive.

But, Stell’s attorney Mark Davis said that wouldn’t be an option.

Planning Commission Chairman Bill Hopper said the proposal did meet all the zoning regulations.

But, he said he, as a non-voting member, could not answer why the commission voted against the plans.

“I don’t want to comment on that,” said City Planner Calvin Lott, who was one of the members who voted against the proposal.

Hopper said Prospect Ridge already has met approval in May 2006 for 40, 100-foot single-family houses on 27.66 acres of land.

“The bottom line is, they could come back and request this (that’s already been approved) or anywhere in between,” Hopper said. “Or, they could come back in a year and make this same request.”