As we mentioned a couple of days ago, the developers from Trapper's Crossing and Bison Creek Ranch have requested a one year extension. The rubber stamp planning staff is recommending that the planning commission approve both extension requests, but we disagree.
Ron Gleason, a concerned citizen, offered his recommendations, which we will paste below. As much as we would like to send both developers packing, we agree with his recommendation for offering Trapper's Crossing an extension IF they have culinary water, while denying Bison Creek Ranch an extension for several reasons. We have added the emphasis.
The county has finally published the agenda for the 10/28 meeting. IMO there are a couple of very important items that people should attend and express their opinions or write emails to the planning staff and OVPC commissioners
The agenda can be found here
There are two items on the consent agenda. These items have to be called out at the beginning of the meeting or the consent agenda will be rubber stamped
* Request a One Year Time Extension of Final Approval for Trappers Crossing Cluster Subdivision
The developer has made much progress with the build out. The question I have has to do with culinary water. The development was approved with culinary water being managed by Eden Water and the source coming from a well on the Bison Creek property. At final approval it was indicated that a condition of Final Approval would be the availability of wet water.
Where is the water coming from since the Bison Creek project has not moved forward and what progress has been made.
The extension should be granted as long as water can be provided
* Request a One Year Time Extension of Final Approval for Bison Creek Ranch Cluster Subdivision
This extension should be denied
* Does final approval run with the land?
* Ownership has changed - As documented in letter from Paul Laughton, developer of Trappers Crossing, dated September 13, 2008 the Bison Property has changed hands.
Therefore my question is does final approval for a development run with the land?
If not then the new owner should have to get re-approval for the development.
* Is foreclosure imminent?
There are signs on the fence surrounding the property indicating a trustee sale. At the trustee citizens were informed that it was cancelled as new terms with the bank(s) were being worked on and new date in early November would be established for the trustee sale if is needed.
Is the property going to be foreclosed on?
If so then the approval should be denied.
* The development was to house a regional sewer plant with a capacity of 700 or so residential hookups. Furthermore two subdivisions, Trappers Crossing and The Rivers, were to utilize the system and have approximately 85 connections.
These two development now have their own sewer system so 1/3 of the committed connections for the sewer plant are gone.
Is the sewer plant still a viable option that the new owners can justify?
* Wet water. Similar to the sewer.
Water system was to be built, managed by Eden water and it would provide to three subdivisions; Bison Creek, The Rivers and Trappers Crossing.
Is the development of the water system still viable and will the other two subdivisions utilize the system?
On the regular agenda the follow item is important
* Approval of Design Review DR #04-08 to Operate a Rock Crusher on a Temporary Basis with the Rivers Cluster Subdivision Located at approximately 7800 East Highway 39
Everyone should download the 'meeting packet' located here
I do not know how a temporary rock crusher use can be approved as 'design review' and not a conditional use.
I recommend denial of this agenda item
Reasoning for my denial request click here