Delaware’s Planning Commission has agreed to a request by Dominion Homes to build 27 homes in the Heatherton subdivision, but not before expressing its disappointment with the developer.
The commission had tabled the request at its meeting last month, seeking answers on a number of concerns about the upkeep of Dominion-owned property.
“In spite of these concerns, we still recommend approval,” said Planning Director David Efland of the 11.2-acre subdivision, located south of Schellinger Street and west of Houk Road.
A memo dated Jan. 6 listed eight concerns the commission had. They included snow removal along Schellinger; pond maintenance; the bike path on Heatherton property; parking and mud in the roadway along Lehner Woods Boulevard; landscaping and mounding maintenance; and minimum house sizes.
In the memo, Dominion said, “We are not in the habit of maintaining raw undeveloped property in the same manner as a developed and maintained landscape entry. As the property is developed it will be treated as such and receive regular maintenance and mowing.”
Dominion’s planning and zoning coordinator Steve Peck told the commission this month, “We want to be a good partner with the City of Delaware.”
Before their unanimous vote, commission members complained to Dominion.
“I can’t express enough my frustration,” said Lisa Keller. “We’ve been looking at this for years. Now you’re making all kinds of promises.”
“Now they’re concerned,” Keith Mangine said of the developer. “The residents (of Lehner Woods) are quite upset with Dominion.”
“To you, it was raw property. For us, it is the western entrance to the City of Delaware,” said James Halter. “We’ve stated our concerns but got no real answers. I’m not sure what you’re going to do. I just want to make sure this is taken care of.”
Prior to seconding Halter’s motion to vote on the request, Keller said to Peck, “I’m ready to move forward. I think we’ve given you a sufficiently hard time.”
Delaware City Council will rule on the matter at its meeting on Jan. 27.