Obetz officials discuss new development

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By Katelyn Sattler
Staff Writer

Obetz City Council discussed the annexation and development plans for the 93.8 acres Wilburn Farm at its Oct. 25 meeting.

Currently, it is planned as a residential community, with houses and apartments. It would also include two parks.

The Planning and Zoning Committee approved the preliminary plan, but there’s still discussion about the models, or styles, of homes. Four-sided architecture with some architectural design, like windows, on all sides is preferred Still up in the air are design elements such as style of roofing, porches, stoops, etc.

The houses would be on 50 to 80 foot lots, with the more expensive houses, ranging from $350,000 to $450,000 or $500,000 on the larger lot sizes. Concern was expressed about the smaller lot sizes and the houses being too close to each other.
Obetz City Manager Rod Davisson said the houses would be centered on the lots to create as much distance as possible between the houses.

“The world is changing, and (we’re) trying to predict who wants to live there and buy those houses,” said Davisson. “Most older people are looking for 80, 90 foot lots, bigger spaces, yard, garage, that kind of stuff. The 20 and 30-year-olds just want to be able to walk to a Starbucks and they’re not for big yards and houses. So, what we ended up doing was come up with a mix of that.”

Resident Jerry Benson wants to see some of the apartments be condominiums.

“The reason is that people who buy condos stay, and people that rent, trash the place and are gone in a year,” said Benson.

Mayor Angela Kirk said she had similar concerns, but they’ve taken those types of issues into consideration.

“I was not a fan of apartments either, but these apartments are one of the very high end we’ve worked on,” said Kirk.

Councilwoman Bonnie Wiley asked the developer to put in “Watch For Children” signs around the development.

The preliminary plan was approved with the understanding that the developers will come back for final approval before breaking ground in the spring.

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•Davisson also informed council that new EPA orders concerning the ongoing issues with Mason’s Sand & Gravel are coming. It appears the city will be receiving a new plan with improvements on wheel washing and channeling.

Davisson said, “It looks like it’s going to be a lot of improvements.”

•Benson reminded everyone that the next meeting of the Obetz Historians will be Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.

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