Plots to be combined in Forest Circle

Published 3:00 am Friday, February 27, 2015

In record speed, the City of Troy Planning Commission approved the combination of two plots of land into one to allow a resident to build a separate structure on her property.

Zach Bradley, a surveyor with Watkins Consulting and Engineering, represented Jan Stephens during Thursday’s regularly scheduled hearing and requested the commission consider combining plots 9 and 10 in the 500 block of Forest Circle in the Forest Circle Subdivision.

“Ms. Stephens wishes to construct a detached garage on her property and to do that the city required that both plots be combined into one,” Bradley said.

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Stephens’ request was approved unanimously.

“We’re very pleased with the success,” Bradley said.

Bill Hopper, Planning Commission chairman, said cases like this come up more often than not.

“Cases like this, when you start looking and all people want to do is come back and combine adjoining lots without changing anything other than the acreage, it is relatively easy to make those decisions.”

Melissa Sanders, Planning and Zoning administrator, said occasionally with cases where a landowner is trying to place a structure on adjacent land, neighbors would call and ask for more information on the situation.

“We had calls asking what was going on, but we didn’t have any negative feedback,” Sanders said.

“There was no conflict or concern about joining these lots,” Hoper said. “What we do have to keep in mind, and a concern could be, what the landowner might do with it. But, we aren’t involved with that, as long as it meets the requirements that’s their business.”

In other items of business, the commission also approved the minutes from the last regularly scheduled meeting.