A request for voluntary annexation of land for a new residential subdivision has won first-round approval from the city’s planning and zoning commission.

During a special meeting Wednesday evening, plan board members voted unanimously to recommend annexing the 6.72-acre parcel off of Rabbit Trail Drive.

The recommendation was sent to the city council which will hold a public hearing Monday, June 17, on the request from John Paul and Nancy Quick, Owensville.

Vic Hoerstkamp with Northern Star Homes has a contract to purchase the property for the proposed Malvern Hill subdivision.

The new subdivision will be the first utilizing the city’s new R-1D residential zoning classification which allows minimum lot sizes of 7,500 square feet rather than the 10,000-square-foot lot sizes in R-1A developments.

The city council this week officially adopted the new zoning district classification.

The plan board reviewed the request for Malvern Hill at its meeting last week but tabled it because the new R-1D district had not been approved. At that time the board agreed to call a special meeting to expedite the request.

In related business Wednesday, the board recommended preliminary plat approval for Malvern Hill, which also will go to the city council for final approval.

The project calls for the extension of Rabbit Trail to the south and three cul-de-sac streets extending on the west side where lots will be developed.

The plan calls for zoning 4.45 acres as R-1C for duplex units along two of the cul-de-sacs and the balance of property R-1D for 10 lots, most of which are 7,500 square feet. Two lots at the end of the cul-de-sac are much larger, however.

Water Issue

A portion of the meeting was spent discussing the water flow pressure to the property for fire protection. It was first thought that the area was required to meet a 1,250 gallon per minute flow rate, which it does not. But that issue was resolved when City Counselor Mark Piontek checked the codes and determined that a 1,000 gallon per minute flow rate is required for R-1 residential developments.

Express Concerns

Several residents of a nearby condominum development on Rabbit Trail attended the meeting and two of them expressed concerns about the new development.

Roger Blumer, president of the condo association, said he is concerned about concrete trucks damaging Rabbit Trail as they make deliveries to the new subdivision. He suggested building a temporary road from the end of Rabbit Trail to Bieker Road for concrete trucks.

“We can’t do that,” said Piontek. “It’s someone else’s property.”

“You (city) will be paying to fix the streets,” Blumer said.

“Concrete trucks drove from Highway 100 up Rabbit Trail to build your house,” City Engineer Dan Boyce told Blumer. Concrete trucks have to go over streets all over town to build homes, he noted.

Blumer also said there is a problem with trucks and cars speeding on Rabbit Trail.

“That’s not an issue for planning and zoning,” remarked Tom Holdmeier, board chairman.

Tom Fenner, a resident, said he was concerned that the new development would not have a homeowners’ association to provide for maintenance of the properties. He said homeowners in the condo development contribute money annually to maintain their properties.

Fenner also questioned that there are no sidewalks proposed in the new subdivision. “Where will the children play?” he asked.

Holdmeier pointed out that city codes do not require a developer to build sidewalks.

Hoerstkamp told the group that an association will be formed for the subdivision.

“This will look good,” Hoerstkamp said. “It will be well maintained.”