Sam Salamah’s quest to have a preliminary plat approved ended Tuesday night.
Salamah informed the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission he was pulling the request for a proposed development near Pacific. Because of issues with the plat, Salamah said he would not be moving forward with his plans for a market/gas station and apartments.
The property is located at Highway 100 and Highway OO just outside the Pacific city limits.
Planning Director Scottie Eagan said Salamah cited several reasons for pulling the plat, namely issues with Water District No. 3. At the March meeting, the water district expressed concerns over the plans and pulled its support.
The project, however, is not dead. Salamah said in his note to the county he intended to revise the plans and move forward with a project with just a market/gas station.
Eagan noted Salamah would have to refile, including paying a new application fee, if he wanted to present a new plat.
The project has sparked intense opposition from neighbors. The controversial project first appeared before the plan board in February.
The plat was tabled by a 5-1 vote. The board cited concerns with the plat and wanted to give Salamah a chance to address the issues.
The concerns were noted by Eagan. In February she said the preliminary plat was incomplete and missing some key information, including permits and studies. Tabling the plat was intended to give Salamah more time to address the issue.
More than 20 people sent letters to the county objecting to the plan.
Most of the letters focused on the same issues. The letter writers were concerned with stormwater management of the site and sewage issues.
Salamah’s plans call for the sewage pipes to hook up with the nearby Victoria Gardens mobile home park system. Residents said they were concerned if that system can handle the load of 60 new apartments.
Concerns also were raised about traffic issues and “fit” within the largely undeveloped area. One letter expressed concern about how the apartment and its multiple dwellings would work within the largely undeveloped area where hunting often takes place.
Many of the objectors opposed an earlier request by Salamah. Salamah applied for a rezoning in late 2017 for 3 acres connected to the planned development. He said his plan was to have the whole area zoned commercial for the development.
The Franklin County Commission denied the rezoning in December.
At the March meeting, a number of neighbors spoke out against the project. The board again kept the request tabled.
The board was slated to review the request a third time at Tuesday’s meeting, but never got a chance after Salamah pulled out.