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Fewer homes planned for Parkside Estates near Rock Bridge park

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | 6:57 p.m. CST; updated 7:31 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 15, 2013

COLUMBIA — A revised plan for the proposed Parkside Estates near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park would reduce the number of housing lots by 12 and create a buffer between the park and some of the homes in the subdivision.

Crockett Engineering Consultants LLC submitted the revised plan to city planners after asking that the Planning and Zoning Commission table its previous proposal last week. As it stands, the proposal is scheduled for a public hearing at the commission's Jan. 24 meeting.

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Tim Crockett of the consulting firm told the Missourian last week that he has been working on lot line and density issues involving the plat for Parkside Estates.

City planner Matthew Lepke is working with Crockett on the proposal. He said the biggest change in the revised plan is on the east side of the property, where a single large lot will replace 13 smaller single-family lots that were included in the original plat. The plat, however, notes that the developer retains the right to request that the new larger lot be rezoned for a planned unit development allowing up to five homes.

The new plan also:

  • Removes a lot on the north side of the property and adds another across the street.
  • Adds a 35-foot buffer area between three lots on the southwest side of the property and Rock Bridge park, as well as smaller buffers on two other lots on the south side of the property. 
  • Reduces the total number of lots from 76 to 64 while continuing to call for a total of 22 villa-style homes, or duplexes, on 11 lots on the west side of the property along Route K.

Ken Midkiff of the Osage Group of the Sierra Club said he doesn't "see much improvement" in the new plat.

"It still looks too dense and still has problems with stormwater runoff," Midkiff said, adding that he sees no adjustments for the area's karst landscape, which he believes could pose a risk for workers and possible homeowners.

Midkiff also maintains that the property includes a losing stream, which is a common feature of karst topographies. Losing streams are waterways that lost some of their flow to underground features such as caves.

"We still have the same concerns we did before," Midkiff said.

Sandy McCann, who lives next to the proposed subdivision, said in an email that she is "very disappointed the homeowners' concerns have not been addressed."

McCann said Crockett Engineering has not addressed concerns about having duplexes in the area or about the potential effects of the subdivision on the state park, the watershed or traffic on Route K.

McCann said she is continuing to work on gathering signatures for a protest petition that would require that five of seven Columbia City Council members vote in favor of the development for it to be approved.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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