U Club to try again

Published 12:00 pm Monday, May 23, 2016

The developers for the proposed student-housing development U Club are going to try to have their plans approved by the Oxford Planning Commission one more time before moving forward with their appeal after being turned down last month.

In April, developers presented their plans for U Club Townhomes to the planning commissioners, who shot them down, saying the plan didn’t fit with the existing neighborhood and sited concerns over storm water runoff and traffic.

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The property is located to the north of Jackson Avenue West, east of Price Hill Road and west of the old Oxford Mall.

After being denied by the commission, the developer filed an appeal with the Oxford Board of Aldermen. However, last week the board voted to stay, or pause, the appeal process at the request of American Campus.

City Attorney Pope Mallette said developers have modified their plans enough to go back before the planning commission.

“The plan that’s proposed may be more acceptable to those who objected and address some of the things the planning commission had issues about, and maybe it won’t,” he told the aldermen last week. “The appeal will be put off until the commission reviews it and votes, and at that time, it will either remain active or you will be asked to remove the appeal.”

City Planner Judy Daniel said the new site plan does appear to address some of the issues the commission had last month with the development and concerns expressed from some residents living close to the development.

The development also came before the commission in November 2105 but was tabled to allow the developer, American Campus, to meet with residents on Price Hill Road, St. Andrew’s Circle and County Club Road.

The development is located in RB, or Two-Unit, zoning and meets the maximum amount of units allowed in an RB zone. Plans presented in April showed the development to have more than 550 beds. Six acres on the 23 acres were left undisturbed to provide a buffer to the existing neighborhoods.

Aldermen granted the stay of appeal until the revised site plan is reviewed again by the planning commission.