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Twelve Oaks receives approval

The Lafayette County Planning Commission approved a fourth phase in the Twelve Oaks subdivision Monday that consists of 12 lots.

“These lots do not require new street construction or water and sewer drainage,” said developer Billy Westbrook. “It’s really a continuation of Phase 3 … where there were 20 lots which have all been sold.”

Robert Neal, who lives in Twelve Oaks, said he was against the project, claiming Westbook hasn’t completed work in the previous phases that have caused runoff issues on his own property.

“Three years since I’ve brought it up and it’s no better,” Neal said. “It’s one excuse after another. I’ve still got a mess in my backyard running off his lot. This is just going to be more of the same thing.”

Neal also said the final lift of asphalt has not been put on the development’s main road, Westbrook Avenue.

County Engineer Larry Britt said the lack of the final coat is his fault.

“I asked him not to pave the main road until he’s done with construction out there,” Britt said.

“That’s not fair to those of us who have to live out there now,” Neal replied.

Britt told Westbrook to patch any bad areas with asphalt in the meantime and not to use cold mix, which is a mix of asphalt and rock and is used for temporary patches, and to ensure construction workers are using the dirt construction road in the back of the subdivision coming off College Hill instead of the main roads.

The board approved the preliminary and final site plan unanimously.

In other business Monday, the commission: — Approved the commercial plan revision for AAA Storage on Highway 30.

— Approved the preliminary site plan for The Highlands Phase 10.

— Granted a variance request for lot No. 63 in the Southpointe subdivision, allowing a 5-foot setback.

— Granted a variance for lots in The Heights subdivision Phase 3 that were just under the 10,000-squarefoot lot size minimum. The rest of the lots in the subdivision are the same size, about 9,500 square feet and were approved before the county adopted the new lot size requirement in the spring. The commission also approved the final site plan for Phase 3.