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Subdivision projects in hold mode

A couple of county subdivision projects are on hold after the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors tabled matters during its most recent meeting.

Carter’s Creek, which is located near County Road 177, was seeking preliminary subdivision site plan approval from the county. Two weeks before, the County Planning Commission recommended approval to the supervisors contingent upon the developers making necessary upgrades to the very narrow road and meeting with the county fire coordinator. The developer had not met either requirement prior to the matter going before the supervisors, according to County Engineer Larry Britt.

Britt advised supervisors to table the matter, which they unanimously did.

The development is situated on 33 acres on the west side of the county.

Chad Myer of Precision Engineering, who represented the developer at the planning commission meeting, said he was not sure what type of homes would be on the site, but assured residents who were concerned with the development that it is not planned for mobile homes.

The width of County Road 177 is also a concern to residents in the area and county officials.

“I don’t believe it is possible to get a fire truck down through there and I think that needs to be worked out,” said supervisor Kevin Frye.

Supervisors also tabled a plat change for the Heights Phase III, which is located off Sisk Avenue. The development, located in the county, is using city water and sewer.

The city wants the development to have the detention pond located in a different area.

Britt also discovered that three or four lots in the development had been sold and in order to do a plat change, the new owners of the lots must sign off.

City officials also contacted Britt after they became aware there were some pipes that had been damaged. Britt suggested cameras be used to inspect pipes, but that would require a public hearing and the change be added to the subdivision regulations.

“This is something we need to look at to put in the specs,” Britt told the supervisors. The developer would also pay the cost.

Supervisor Chad McLarty suggested the camera inspections be done at the end of the project “after all the other utilities have bored into the pipes.”

“I think we need to get this requirement put in the regulations,” McLarty said.

A public hearing on the matter will likely be held the first week of July, but the supervisors tabled the plat change in the meantime.