Commission OKs three requests, recommends appointment

By Sheryl Roadcap - [email protected]

SIDNEY — The Sidney City Planning Commission approved three requests within the Plum Ridge subdivision and made a recommendation for City Council to appoint a representative to the Shelby County Regional Planning Commission on Monday.

The commission voted to recommend for City Council to approve the appointment of Frank Ratermann to the Shelby County Regional Planning Commission for a three-year term. Ratermann’s term will begin retroactively on Jan. 1, 2018, and will expire on Dec. 31, 2020. Raterman has served on the Shelby County Regional Planning Commission since 2006; his last term ended Dec. 31, 2017.

The request of Ratermann Custom Home Builders’s revision to the final plan of Plum Ridge, phase eight, planned unit development (PUD) was granted Monday by the commission. Community Development Director Barbara Dulworth told the commission the final plan was originally approved in March 2005.

The proposed revision would allow an alternate design for the exterior facade, footprint and floor plan of dwellings on two lots on the south side of Arthur Court. She said the revision is considered to be a minor change, with no effect on public improvements.

The commission also approved the request of Choice One Engineering, on behalf of CDEJ Investments, for a revised preliminary plat for Plum Ridge North, phases one through five, located west of Sidney-Freyburg Road and north of Plum Ridge Subdivision.

The subdivision includes 99 new single family lots, Dulworth said. A preliminary plat was approved in 2008, and a revised preliminary plat was approved in 2013, with changes to street alignment and lot arrangements, she said.

Dulworth said the current re-approval is required because the city zoning code requires re-approval if it has been more than a year since a previous approval, and because the phasing for the Plum Ridge North subdivision has been revised. There are no changes to the number of lots, or lot and street arrangement.

In final business Monday, the commission also approved the final plat application request of Choice One Engineering, on behalf of CDEJ Investments, for Plum Ridge North, phase two. This phase is located west of Sidney-Freyburg Road, to the north and east of the subdivision’s phase nine and includes nine new single family lots.

Dulworth said the subdivision includes the extension of Springboro Trail west for approximately 441 feet. She said a temporary cul-de-sac at the western terminus of Springboro Trail is included and will be removed when the street is extended further west in future phases.

Lots 7173 through 7177, Dulworth said, do not meet the lot-width to depth-ratio of 1 to 3.5 that is required by the zoning code. She said the topography of this subdivision is rolling hills, which requires some flexibility in the design of the subdivision. Slopes in several areas are steep enough that a portion of each lot would be undevelopable, Dulworth said.

The approval required the commission to wave the 1 to 3.5 width to depth requirement. The approval also included the stipulation that bonding or surety, and approval of construction plans must be completed prior to the final plat being presented to City Council.

Commission Chair Tom Ehler and board member Merrill Asher were absent and excused by the commission.

By Sheryl Roadcap

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Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

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