Water conservation

Moscow City Council accepts Woodbury development

September 21 — Moscow’s city council on Monday narrowly approved a 21.7-acre development project on the city’s northeastern outskirts, just north of Slonaker Drive.

Called the Woodbury Subdivision, the flat consists of 74 lots ranging from 3,794 square feet to 17,973 square feet on what is primarily farmland. The approved measures included relocating the area from an agricultural and forestry area to a combination of single-family residential housing with a small neighborhood commercial area.

The project is the first phase of a plan to convert 82 acres of farmland north of Slonaker Drive and Youmans Lane and south of Trail Road into what developer Mark Wintz has called “low density residential” housing.

During a public hearing portion of Monday’s city council meeting, residents living near the proposed development shared their concerns with councilors. The main concerns were water conservation and traffic, reflecting remarks made at a meeting of the city’s planning and zoning commission last month. The measures approved by the council on Monday were in line with recommendations the committee forwarded following its August meeting.

While many residents expressed concern over the impact of the development on the availability of water in the area, several councilors said Monday they were confident in the measures taken by the city to reduce water consumption. water.

Wintz and city officials said the development of Woodbury is taking important steps to minimize its water use footprint, such as removing yards for most units in favor of shared green space .

Other residents have expressed concerns that the construction and new development, once built, will create potentially dangerous traffic conditions on nearby roads.

A major complaint expressed by residents was that the data used in a traffic impact study conducted to assess the effect the project will have on nearby traffic was taken from research carried out in 2006.

Deputy city supervisor Bill Belknap said that since the traffic survey was done in the summer they used older data collected during the school year to help get rough data on hours courses. However, Belknap said the numbers from that older data have been adjusted to a relatively conservative estimate to come closer to the more current data.

“We pulled our most recent rotational motion data that was collected in a school year and then made them forecast 1% growth per year on top of those numbers to estimate the current values,” he said. Belknap said. “We haven’t grown 1% in the last 20 years, we have grown less than 1%.”

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation included an additional condition that traffic on Slonaker Drive be restricted while city infrastructure such as roads, sidewalks and sewers are constructed in the area.

With the closure of Slonaker, some residents feared construction traffic could be driven to other nearby residential streets, but Wintz said they would recommend contractors to go through Mountain View Road to access the site and would check back regularly with them.

Some residents have asked council to consider extending Slonaker’s closure until the sale of the first house in the Woodbury development, but a motion by Councilor Anne Zabala, seconded by Brandy Sullivan, to change the measure failed.

The proposal was finally approved by councilors Sandra Kelly, Gina Taruscio and Maureen Laflin voting in favor of all the measures. Sullivan voted against Slonaker’s unmodified shutdown measure, and Zabala voted no to all measures. Councilor Art Bettge was not present.

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