The sketch plan for a 164-unit development from Dorset Meadows Associates, LLC drew a packed audience at the July 17 Development Review Board meeting. Residents, alarmed by the rate of development in the city, questioned how the development will change the character of the Southeast Quadrant, as well as how it will impact wildlife, traffic, and safety issues. Just recently, Dorset Meadows Associates, LCC returned to the board Dec. 18 with revisions to the plan. The project has been trimmed down to 151 dwelling units to include 95 single family homes, 20 dwelling units in two-family homes, 35 dwelling units in multi-family homes, and one existing home. The application also outlines conserving 15.80 acres on-site and approximately 56 acres off-site through the purchase of 67.4 Transfer Development Rights.
This proposed project was the last straw for some residents of the Southeast Quadrant and others, who organized and brought their concerns to the city council, asking for a pause in development in order to review the current Land Development Regulations in the city. The council held a public hearing on Nov. 13 and adopted an Interim Zoning Bylaw, essentially a pause in development citywide, save for a short list of exempted areas of the city, for nine months to a year while the planning commission reviews the Land Development Regulations. The Dorset Meadows project is in compliance, although a group of residents is appealing the project’s master plan application and preliminary plat application regarding who had the authority to approve them.