City Council denies St. Maurice subdivision appeal to proceed

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This aerial map shows the property where Rhodes Properties wants to put a 27 lot subdivision.

By Juanice Gray, jgray@natchitochestimes.com

Placing 27 lots on 7.6 acres off St. Maurice Lane near Williams Avenue seems to be the main bone of contention with neighbors and the catalyst that prompted the City Council to twice deny an appeal by Rhodes Properties to develop the property.

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The Council first denied an appeal Sept. 13.

The Planning and Zoning Commission then denied a revised application Dec. 3.

Attorney Jared Dunahoe spoke to the council on behalf of Rhodes Properties at the Jan. 27 meeting. His argument stated his client had addressed all concerns set forth by the council and met all ordinance requirements. Nearby residents voiced concerns over drainage, additional traffic congestion and declining property values due to crowding at previous council meetings.

“It surprises us we’re even here,” Dunahoe said. Concerns over drainage and traffic were “putting the cart before the horse” according to him. He said the preliminary plat was not for addressing such issues. “(It’s up to) City engineers to determine that. It is a legitimate concern, but…

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