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Engineering firm requests Parkside Estates hearing be tabled

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | 6:26 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A public hearing on a proposed development adjacent to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park that was scheduled to take place Thursday likely will be tabled until later in the month.

Tim Crockett of Crockett Engineering Consultants has asked the Planning and Zoning Commission to delay the hearing on a request that the property be annexed and rezoned to accommodate plans for Parkside Estates. The commission also is scheduled to review a preliminary plat for the development.

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"We talked to some neighbors, and we're still working on the plan a bit," Crockett said during a phone interview Tuesday. "Trying to make it the best it can be."

The subdivision as originally proposed would include 65 single-family homes and 11 villa-style dwellings on 36 acres just north of the state park and along Route K.

After residents who live next to the property voiced opposition last month, Crockett's firm talked to neighbors and decided to make some changes, he said. Crockett said the changes involve the development density and lot lines but do not address concerns about the karst landscape or traffic. Karst topography features sinkholes, caves and underground streams.

Sandy McCann, who lives next to the property, said she hasn't heard from Crockett.

"As far as I know there have been no meetings with any of the homeowners since the last Wednesday before the meeting was tabled last time," she said.

McCann said she wasn't aware of any recent meetings between the developers and area homeowners. The last time they met, she said, was before the developers' first request that the hearing be tabled Dec. 6.

Crockett said the firm planned to submit its new proposal either Tuesday or Wednesday, and it hopes a public hearing will be rescheduled for Jan. 24. The Parkside Estates case is the only item on the commission's agenda for Thursday. Members will decide at the beginning of the meeting whether to grant the request to table the matter.

Patrick Zenner, development services manager for the city, said historically the commission has accepted requests that issues be tabled.

"It's a likely outcome," Zenner said, adding that the commission would still accept public comment from any who attend because the hearing has been advertised.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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