West Jeff approves rezoning, also looks at sports field development

(Posted Oct. 6, 2020)

Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer

West Jefferson village council approved rezoning requests for two land parcels to allow for new development.

On Oct. 5, council said “yes” to rezoning 27 acres along U.S. Route 142 between Garfield and Converse avenues as planned mixed use. Greenhaven Development plans to build $250,000 to $300,000 single-family homes and two-story townhouses on the site.

Council also said “yes” to rezoning 21 acres along U.S. Route 40 that connect the east and west of the village to downtown as planned mixed use. West Jefferson Properties LLC plans to use the space to build apartments, stores, and offices.

Development plans have not been approved for either site.

At the council meeting, Greenhaven Development presented a potential development plan with 122 houses and 50 townhouses on their site. Council rejected the plans, citing concerns about increased traffic flow, said Jen Warner, council member and development committee chairperson.

Greenhaven will redesign the development and present new site plans.

West Jefferson Properties LLC has yet to present design plans to council.

In other news, West Jefferson’s parks and recreation department is looking to develop new sports fields at Garrette Park and update fields at Westwood Park. Currently, most of the village’s sports fields are located at Westwood Park which causes congestion at the park during sports seasons, said Mike Conway, council member and parks and recreation committee chairperson.

Conway said the goal with the new fields is to alleviate traffic around Westwood Park. The village will start to put together construction plans for the project next year.

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