Residents in the Mayfair community will soon have new neighbors.
Council approved to rezone a property east of Route 59 and north of Audrey Avenue from business to residential, making way for M/I Homes to add 138 additional townhomes.
It wasn’t an easy road to get approved. Residents had many complaints about the decision, saying there weren’t enough access roads into the community and the proposed townhomes weren’t the same density as the currents ones.
“I’d like to see some alternatives before this gets approved,” said Eric Vora, Mayfair resident. “There are a lot of objections. I feel like our concerns were hear by the Planning Commission and they are potentially being ignored now.”
Back in June the Planning and Zoning Commission denied the request. but most of the city council said the empty lot would be a good place for residential property, with only one negative vote.
“I have a policy to never change commercial property to residential, because you need to have a certain balance between commercial and residential,” said Councilman Doug Krause. “The other problem I have with this project is the ingress and egress on this. It only has a right in, right out on Rt. 59.”
Residents will continue to speak out at meetings in the hopes of changing the council’s decision.
Bethany Lutheran Church
An extension for Bethany Lutheran Church was unanimously approved. They plan to build a 6,000 square foot space for music rehearsals, meetings, and bible studies.
“I think this addition is crucial to the growth, development and plain enjoyment of our youth group, and therefore our church body,” said Ellie, Hahn, Bethany Lutheran Church member. “With a space that we can have all to ourselves, it will be easier to meet, learn more about God and have fun.”
Neighbors presented concerns with flooding that the south addition could create, as the area already floods.
“The grate gets clogged. The water can’t go through the 52 inch drain tile that goes underground, and it has to go over ground. So we continually have flooding.”
Council instructed staff to look into the issue and help the church find a solution to the problem.
They plan to begin construction in the next few months.
New Recycling Program
Residents will soon have to get a new recycling bin but will have their choice of sizes.
Council voted 5-2 to implement a mandatory recycling cart program.
The city currently uses blue bins with no lid but under the new contract will switch to rolling carts.
Residents will have to purchase a 95, 65 or 32-gallon cart. Their other options are to bring items to the public works building, share with a neighbor, or simply not recycle.
Council tabled the discussion on how much residents will pay for the carts for a future meeting.
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