Planning commission denies subdivision request

Published 3:00 am Friday, July 29, 2016

The Troy Planning Commission Thursday unanimously denied the subdivision of one lot on the east side of Henderson Highway into five separate lots, citing concerns over drainage.

There were also concerns from the commission and residents about the feasibility of installing septic tanks on the lots given the fact that it is not connected to sewage.

Randy Hale, who lives in the nearby subdivision of Town and Country Estates, said that he does not oppose development overall, but was opposed to the plat as it was proposed due to the drainage and septic concerns.

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“Two-thirds of that lot is frequently flooded,” Hale said of the drainage issue. “It has a severe rating for development.

“A conventional septic system will not work here. There is not enough physical land are to install a septic system and an above-ground system should only be used as a final resort.”

The commission agreed that the drainage issues were too large of a concern to grant approval to the plat at the meeting, but did not rule out the possibility that the plat could move forward once the issues were resolved.

The commission unanimously approved a re-subdivision of the D block of the Meadowgrove Subdivision Phase 1, allowing for three lots to be turned into five.

Walt Stell, who requested the approval on behalf of Todd Kreis, said that the purpose of the sub-division was to build five single-family homes instead of three duplexes, effectively reducing the number of units by one.

After the public hearings portion of the commission meeting ended, Jason Fondren of KPS Group came forward to speak for the third downtown planning meeting.

Fondren detailed some of the design ideas that would be proposed as part of the draft plan at the next planning commission meeting, and showed concept art of proposed façade designs.

Two of the major proposals included were a large open park space behind the Pike County Courthouse and repurposing the roofless portion of a building on Walnut Street at a pocket park and café with outdoor dining.