Ashland-area development proposed

The plan for Shadowridge Estates includes construction of 230 homes.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:41 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

Take hundreds of newly proposed homes, throw in a small commercially zoned area and then add discussions about annexation. The result is yet another classic subdivision proposal for Boone County.

The county’s Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote Thursday night on whether to recommend approval of Shadowridge Estates, a new 230-home development that would be built about a mile west of Ashland at the intersection of Route MM and Route M. The developer, Miller Properties, is working with Ashland officials on a pre-annexation agreement that would eventually bring the new subdivision into the city.

The proposal also includes plans to rezone roughly five acres at the southwest corner of the property to allow small commercial developments.

The developer is working with the city of Ashland and the county to determine how to provide sewer service to the property. One option is to build a wastewater treatment plant on the land; it would be run by the Boone County Regional Sewer District. The other option is to build a regional sewer line that would connect to Ashland.

“We would require the developer to extend those sewer lines at his cost, and he has agreed to do that,” Ashland City Administrator Ken Eftink said.

The idea of connecting with Ashland makes the most sense in the long term, said Chad Sayre, vice president of Allstate Consultants. Allstate is working with the developer.

“Many times it makes more sense to lean towards the regional concept,” Sayre said.

The city of Ashland could also benefit from a regional sewer line.

“That would be best for the city, so the public doesn’t have to pay,” Eftink said.

The sewer would be provided under the pre-annexation agreement, which is a common arrangement for nearby developments that are not yet adjacent to a city’s boundaries.

“Verbally, it looks like we are going to be able to reach an agreement that can eventually be in writing,” Eftink said.

A traffic study done for Miller Properties indicated that no road improvements would be necessary on the land adjacent to the property. The developer offered to spend $10,000 to help the city study improvements for Broadway in Ashland. Those improvements would also be in the developer’s best interest, Sayre said.

The commercial rezoning would be at the northeast corner of Route MM and Route M and is designed to provide basic residential services.

“One thing that the city identified was a need for a commercial node,” Sayre said. “It’s good planning to know that people don’t want to drive clear across town for some commercial areas.”

The first phase of construction would include roughly 40 to 50 homes on the southeast corner of the property, and each subsequent phase would include roughly the same number of homes.

“If everything goes as planned, we would begin this fall with dirt work,” Sayre said.

Meanwhile, Ashland officials are moving forward with the pre-annexation discussions.

“We’ve not run into any obstacles that we have not been able to work out,” Eftink said.

A portion of this report first aired Tuesday during “ABC 17 News at 10.”

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