After previous failed attempts to bring townhomes to the property at 101 Hubbard Road near Carl Stuart Middle School and Marguerite Vann Elementary School, the planning commission approved of a planned PUD with 26 patio homes for people ages 55 and up.
The development will be a gated community with 25 percent greenspace, 26 homes ranging from 1,400 to 1,700 square feet and a POA to take care of the grounds.
Developer Chris Thornton said he arrived at these plans after talking with community members to see what they wanted.
Neighbors who were originally opposed to Thornton’s previous plans said this development was something they could “live with,” and most concerns still revolved around the school traffic that already congests the roads in that area.
Planning Commissioner Bill Yates said he was also against the initial proposal, but he felt this plan was “an appropriate use for that area.”
Thornton said the age restriction is a special exemption provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which he is applying for.
“HUD has several requirements that they demand of a development and a lot of them has to do with the words that they use in the publications and it also has to do with the fact that property has to go back every two years and do a survey of the people who live there to verify the percentages are correct for a 55 and over community,” he said.
He also said HUD is trying to get more of these developments so it is not likely he will be denied.
(Staff writer Angela Spencer can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 505-1212.)