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Two homebuilders propose 53 new homes for Poth


Two homebuilders propose 53 new homes for Poth
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April 16, 2014
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POTH -- A total of 53 new homes are proposed for construction here. The Poth Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend to the city council preliminary approval of two subdivision plats at its April 8 meeting.

San Antonio-based Benchmark Farms & Ranches has proposed 43 new houses, ranging in price from $200,000 to $250,000 each, for construction on a property located behind the Dollar General store and the U.S. Post Office. The Highland Meadows subdivision would be built adjacent to North Ridge, in which homes still are being constructed.

Benchmark’s President Paul Daniec said Highland Meadows would include 1,700 linear feet of curbed streets, with water and sewer service tying in to existing lines on Blessing Street.

The commission and some members of the audience expressed concerns about drainage and about the configuration of the streets. With regard to the latter, Daniec said his company considered straight streets with 90-degree corners and rectangular lots. However, the property’s trapezoidal shape precludes this type of arrangement.

“If we owned a square, we could develop it like a square,” he said. “But we don’t own a square.”

Drainage issues were a hot-button issue for the audience when it came to the Sandra’s Ridge subdivision, which is being proposed by Justin Wiatrek. His company wants to build 10 homes on a rectangular lot at the end of Welhausen Street, and suggests extending that street to form a cul de sac between the lots.

Wiatrek said his company would construct homes similar to those being built in another of its subdivisions, La Chateau in Falls City. Houses there, he said, are selling for $260,000 to $310,000 each.

His current plan for Sandra’s Ridge includes a 3-acre tract in the rear with a detention pond to divert water. He alleges that the development would not increase peak runoff and that neighboring properties would not be affected.

However, Richard Richter and Roger Pollok fear that because their properties would be downstream that they would bear the brunt of any potential flooding. Mark Moczygemba said modifying the land by taking away its terraces will negatively impact east-west water flow.

“We’re not opposed to the project,” Pollok said. “We’re just concerned how the water will get to the creek [behind the proposed subdivision].”

In other business, the commission:

•Welcomed its newest member, Carlton Pape, who previously served as chief appraiser for appraisal districts in Wilson and Caldwell counties.

•Voted to recommend to the council -- subject to legal review -- to waive the specific permit requirement for a proposed Poth Independent School District science lab building, which would be constructed on a portion of a current parking lot. This is because current zoning ordinances do not list schools among specific uses.

Also in attendance: Commission members LeAnn Hosek, Scott Lyssy, and Bradley Koether; and Public Works Supervisor Kenneth Buck Griffin.
 

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