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County Planning Commission approves F.D. ‘Buddy’ East Parkway PUD

Residents of Lafayette County could soon have another option for housing following Monday’s Planning Commission meeting.

The Commission approved an initial overlay design for a planned urban development (PUD) called Laurelwood. This is the second PUD the commission has approved in the past three months, coming off the heels of the Old Taylor Road PUD, which was approved in May. The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved that PUD during their Aug. 5 meeting.

Laurelwood, which is being developed by J.W. McCurdy, will be located off of F.D. ‘Buddy’ East Parkway South, across from the Lafayette County High School campus. County Road 4016 will serve as one of the two entrance roads into the 96.13-acre property. Laurelwood Drive will be constructed just north of CR 4016 for the second entrance.

“Laurelwood Subdivision is a Planned Urban Development that will be developed as a strong neighborhood where there the residences have a sense of a community,” the PUD’s general statement read. “The grandeur that will be provided to the residences of Laurelwood Subdivision will be remarkable; however, the most alluring aspect of Laurelwood Subdivision are the wide variety of lot types and the large number of affordable lots and housing.”

There are 253 lots planned for the subdivision, which will offer three different styles of homes. There are Village Home lots (66), Cottage Home lots (108) and Manor Home lots (79) listed in the plans. The Village Home lots will take up 9.48 acres and have a minimum lot size of 5,780 square feet. Cottage Homes will take up the most acreage of the three styles with 24.71 acres, and offer lots sizes of at least 7,500 square feet. The Manor Home style will be the biggest option of the three styles, taking up a minimum lot size of 8,750 square feet and using up 22.82 acres.

A Greenbelt/Common Open Space will take up 22.13 acres, and the subdivision will include bike and walking trails, a community clubhouse and a pool.

The PUD will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for their approval in September.