Victory Ranch annexation, LID assessment tabled
May 23rd, 2007
In This Issue:
LID assessment roll tabled
Victory Ranch 349-unit subdivision approved for annexation
LID assessment back to the drawing board
Two weeks ago City Council held a public hearing to allow Victor residents to dispute their calculated fees for the recent road improvements. In addition to numerous minor discrepancies, two lots were completely left off the roll. Since adding them to the roll increases their fees owed by 100%, and the legal cutoff requiring reassessment is anything above a 20% increase, the entire roll must be recalculated. The next hearing will be June 27th, when the revised roll will be reviewed. Unfortunately this delay will cost the city in added interest, which may drive up everyone's cost. Check your mailboxes for another notice in the next week.
City Hall was filled Wednesday night with neighbors and residents concerned about a 300-acre, 349-unit subdivision proposed along the north side of Cedron at 200 West. The development will be one of the largest in the entire county. Travis Thompson, who is concurrently developing the 198-unit Village at Victor Mountain Retreat, presented a preliminary plat and answered concerns and comments from the public. There were no comments in favor, three uncommitted, and nine opposed.
The most oft-cited concern focused on the density of the project given its location 1.5 to 3 miles from town. Community concerns included: impacts to the school system, roads, and quality of life; whether the annexation adhered to the Comprehensive Plan; the need to establish an outer limit for growth in Victor; and neglecting the downtown core. Several individuals also shared concerns about the impact of the development on wildlife, open space preservation, and incompatibility between existing 2.5-3 acre lots and proposed 1/3-acre lots.
The developer, Mr. Thompson, has so far been willing to work with neighbors and other concerned citizens, and has offered to donate land for a new sewer plant. After listening to the many opponents, City Council unanimously approved annexation of the property and rezoned it R1 (the least dense zone), with the condition that development is limited to Mr. Thompson's proposed 349 lots (full build-out at R1 would be 694 lots). Stay tuned for the subdivision public hearing, which will be noticed in the paper in the classifieds. We encourage public attendance as everyone's input is valuable.