Despite some opposition, the Washington City Council gave preliminary approval of voluntary annexation of land off Rabbit Trail Drive for a new residential subdivision.
A public hearing was held Monday night, however, an ordinance can’t be approved for at least 15 days following the hearing.
State statutes allow any interested party to file an objection in an annexation hearing, said Jim Briggs, city administrator.
An ordinance will be voted on at the next city council meeting.
If approved, the development, which will include two-family and single-family residential homes, will be the first development since the minimum lot-size requirement was changed from 10,000 square feet to 7,500 square feet in the R1-D district.
Roger Blumer, president of the Lake Washington Condo Association on Rabbit Trail, told the council that while he supports “low housing” he thinks the council “has the cart in front of the horse.”
Blumer was concerned that sewers were being pumped out and may not be adequate enough for the additional sewage, that fire flow wouldn’t be adequate and that concrete trucks would tear up the streets.
Blumer said that people continue to speed on the road and that six mailboxes have been destroyed.
“I just feel that there should be more preparation for this whole project,” he said. “Just like the federal government, you’re building a road to nowhere.”
Dan Boyce, city engineer, said the fire flow and sewers are adequate. The sewer system is designed to accommodate what is being built, Boyce said.
Maintenance issues can be addressed as they arise, Boyce said.
Fire flow requirement in the district is 1,000 gallons per minute, Boyce said, adding that it has been tested in excess of that standard.
“I understand your concerns, and I understand you have a fantastic street now and I understand you have problems with your mailboxes” said Steve Sullentrup, council member, “but none of this is really relevant to voluntary annexation. I think (the developers) have done their work as far as voluntary annexation.”
Sullentrup said that as long as the developers follow city requirements, there is no reason to stop them from developing
“Good luck. You’ll never have it done right,” Blumer said.
Blumer also spoke in opposition of the request at the planning and zoning commission.
Tom Fenner, a resident, also spoke to the council. Like at the planning and zoning meeting, Fenner questioned that there were no sidewalks in the proposed development.
“I have no objections to the annexation, but some concerns about the development,” Fenner said.
The request was made by 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.