The developers of a Williamsburg subdivision project on the river have been urged to return to the drawing board.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the Wood County Planning Commission, after hearing from two dozen residents, said more work was needed on the new addition to the reserve, west of Bowling Green in Township. from Washington.
Board chairman John Musteric, who is also the Wood County engineer, said there were too many questions and concerns.
“We are not here to rethink this platform,” said Musteric, who introduced the motion to table the resolution. “The plan lacks a lot of detail.
The motion was approved unanimously.
There were more than 25 people at the meeting, pouring into the lobby of the Commissioners’ Area of the Wood County office complex, as members of the public adhered to social distancing guidelines. The meeting lasted almost two hours.
Danberry Realtors is seeking to develop 32 lots on 43.82 acres for the reserve in Williamsburg on the River. Wade Smith, director of development for Danberry, said house prices would be between $ 500,000 and $ 700,000.
He disagreed with the planning commission’s decision, saying Danberry and engineering officials had met with the Williamsburg Homeowners Association over the past six months, to address their concerns.
“We did it, we answered all the concerns,” said Smith, adding that the company shouldn’t have to speak with every owner. “It’s a compromise.”
Karen Higgins, who has lived in Williamsburg for 20 years, said Danberry failed to do due diligence with the new subdivision checklist. His concerns include stress on existing lakes and fertilizer runoff.
“We have a lot of questions, there are a lot of loopholes in these plans,” Higgins said. “There is a lot at stake.”
Smith said Danberry’s development will take an environmental approach to stormwater management, using grass waterways instead of pipes. Danberry has just developed a subdivision similar to Whitehouse called Preserve, which uses this method, he said.
Wood County Planning Commission director Dave Steiner said he approved the project and the waivers requested. There are a few gaps in the plan, but he is confident they will be addressed.
“My main concern from the start has been runoff and storm water and how it’s going to affect existing homeowners,” Steiner said. “Right off the bat I was worried about this.”
Greg Feller, along with Feller Finch and Associates and representing the developer, said the goal is to keep the existing Williamsburg character.
“The developer wants the subdivision to be based on what exists,” he said.
They expect up to 18% of the area to be open space, if their 32-lot plan is approved, Feller said.
A retention basin will have access to Portsmouth Road. The plan is to filter the silt before the stormwater is discharged.
“The ponds and retention will be designed for a 100-year storm,” Feller said, adding that stormwater from the new subdivision will go into existing lakes.
Smith said Danberry wanted to be part of the solution to the lake’s problems in Williamsburg.
“We know you have lake problems there, we don’t want to contribute,” he said. “We understand the problems there. “
Roland Southard, of the Williamsburg HOA, said residents of the new reserve would not have access to existing lakes. They would also have their own association of owners.
Danberry requested several exemptions from the town planning commission, including not installing curbs, lampposts and sidewalks.
Williamsburg resident Charles Harper said he had no issues with the requested gaps.
“Williamsburg is a walking community. We go out and walk the roads around our community, ”he said.
But another woman said she would prefer sidewalks and streetlights.
Council member John Brossia said the planning commission had spent a lot of time working on consistent regulations for subdivisions, such as sidewalks and lampposts. He was afraid of “throwing them away”.
“What was the point of working for years and making rules for a subdivision? Said Brossia.
Smith also said Danberry could modify the reserve plan, to have up to 60 lots. They could add street lights and sidewalks, but wanted to stay in keeping with the existing Williamsburg subdivision, which lacks these elements.
The addition would cover the remaining undeveloped land in the Williamsburg Subdivision where Ohio 235 and Ohio 65 meet at the Maumee River.
The Williamsburg on the River subdivision is one of the oldest and most established residential developments in Wood County. Development began in the 1960s and no major buildings have been constructed there in the past decade.