Representatives of Vista Ridge II delivered stormwater plans, water flows and home designs to the Planning Commission last week as they review plans for the 17-lot, 6.5-acre residential subdivision in the city’s eastern hills.
In a September meeting, neighbors expressed concerns about flooding and landslide risk, already a problem for nearby properties at the original Vista Ridge subdivision. Residents said they had pumped water off their properties during storms for decades, and fear the new subdivision will only make things worse.
The streets have been designed to flow to catch basins that have a sediment sump in them, engineer Mark Mead wrote in his stormwater report, delivered at last week’s meeting. “This will collect the major runoff items. The home driveways and roof drains will be piped to the street and also run off into the stormwater system. The yard areas will provide a small amount of runoff depending on the landscaping.”
After treatment, stormwater will flow northwest into the existing wetland area that eventually discharges into the Stanley Lake drainage system. Storm drain water will not be directed northeast into the fish-bearing stream that is located along the eastern boundary of the site, according to the report.
The subdivision east of Wahanna Road, to be accessed by Hemlock and Aldercrest streets and separated from the Vista Ridge subdivision by a creek, could be developed into 17 residential building lots from 7,000 to 15,000 square feet, with a single one- or two-story home on each lot.
Typical house plans show one-story, 1,250-square-feet homes to two-story homes with about 2,300 square feet.
Features include outdoor patios, foyers, great rooms, dens and bonus rooms. Every home plan has a garage.
Buildings, located in a forested area, are to be wood-framed construction.
Since the city has a limited time to make a decision once an application is in motion, developers agreed to waive the 120-day time limit, and start the decision clock over at the Dec. 7 meeting, Kevin Cupples, the city’s planning director, said. “The applicant has again requested a continuance because of the late date of bringing that material forward.”
Three planning commissioners, Kathy Kleczek, Seth Morrisey and Lou Neubecker have recused themselves from the decision-making process. Commissioners Robin Montero, Christopher Rose and Jon Wickersham unanimously approved the continuance until the commission’s December meeting.