Council to hear rezoning requests

The 'service district' land is in four distinct parcels.
CORTLAND -- The city council will give a first reading Tuesday to an ordinance that would rezone nearly 61 acres to allow construction of about 220 single-family residential homes.
A public hearing on the zone change request by Walnut Run Land Co. will be at 6:45 p.m., and the council will meet at 7 p.m. The meeting is Tuesday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.
The area is now zoned "service district," which allows for uses such as convenience stores and storage buildings, but is labeled for residential development in the city's long-term plans.
The land is in four distinct parcels, each to be served by extending a road from Walnut Run Estates. The land is in the Mathews school district.
The parcels
The ordinance would change the zoning classification for four parcels:
U6.23 acres, an extension of Turnberry Place.
U7.37 acres with a new road on St. Andrews Court.
U17.61 acres, an extension of St. Andrews and extending east to state Route 11 with a new road connecting to Bradley Brownlee Road.
U29.78 acres, an extension of Gleneagle Court.
The city planning, zoning and building commission voted in November to recommend designating the undeveloped land in the exclusive neighborhood as R-12, the same as the current 39 homes. This would not allow smaller homes to be built in the neighborhood.
The final decision is up to the city council.
The Walnut Run Land Co. had first sought a different zoning designation, R-10, which would have allowed slightly smaller homes to be built on smaller lots. Walnut Run and sole partner Hank Haynam initially requested a zoning change to allow multifamily homes but changed its request.
Walnut Run has previously discussed developing the area for condominiums using a villa model, in which residents own their individual units but an association owns and maintains the grounds.
Under the zoning recommended by the commission, about 220 houses could be built on the 60.99 acres. The designation sought by Walnut Run would have allowed about 265 homes.

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