Developers’ road detour spares homeowners’ yards

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:13 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

An agreement between the developers of two subdivisions totaling 321 homes will spare Frank Jindra from having West Broadway punch through his yard.

The developers of The Overlook, a proposed subdivision of 141 homes, and Bellwood subdivision, a 180-home subdivision already under construction, have agreed to revise their plats to move an extension of West Broadway 25 feet to the north. The concession will allow more room between the extended street and the homes of Jindra and two neighbors.

As a result, a plat for The Overlook will be up for a vote at Monday’s City Council meeting. The council has repeatedly tabled the plat in hopes of finding a better alignment for the West Broadway extension.

The Overlook is being developed by land owner Joseph Tosini, who is working closely with developer Randy Rochford of Granite Homes in Phoenix, and Engineering Surveys and Services. The subdivision will reach to the edge of Perche Creek and would contain 141 homes on 107 acres. To access the subdivision, West Broadway would need to be extended.

Tosini’s first preliminary plat was tabled in February after Jindra told the City Council that the plan showed West Broadway going through his front yard. Jindra has lived in a house at the south end of West Broadway since 1993. The original plat offered by Tosini showed the West Broadway extension lining up with a new section of the street in the Bellwood subdivision, but Jindra said that alignment would put Broadway a mere six feet from his property line.

The new plan for The Overlook includes not only a West Broadway extension that’s more friendly to Jindra, but also an extension of Stone Valley Parkway to the north that will connect with Broadway and give drivers another main access to the neighborhood.

The extension of West Broadway will be a two-lane street. It will be up to the City Council to decide whether the new alignment is acceptable and whether it matches with the city’s Master Roadway Plan.

“We’re willing to have (the building line) move up to 25 feet so it gives the town more flexibility to work with,” Rochford said. “We’re trying to make sure it works for everybody.”

Though many council members at the June 4 meeting agreed that The Overlook’s new plat met all the city’s zoning requirements, the proposal was tabled again. Bennett said he thinks the council simply wanted the city to have more time to discuss options with Bellwood developer Rob Wolverton.

Though the Bellwood property was platted when he bought the land, Wolverton agreed to move the road. Excavation on the Bellwood site has already begun, and the subdivision should be complete in about five or six years.

Jindra hopes that when Broadway is extended, he will be able to use the land that made up the old gravel part of Broadway and create a front yard for himself and his neighbors.

“I want to buy the old road from Boone County and make the driveways go out further to Broadway,” he said. “I want to put dirt on the old gravel road and plant grass. I want to leave a tree line there so it cuts down the noise and gives us more privacy. I want to make it safer.”

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