Several residential homes in the Sun Meadows Development could be built with less than 10 feet between neighbors.
A public hearing regarding a planned unit development change in the Sun Meadows development off Downer Street was held last Tuesday.
Jason Kantak, vice president of TDK Engineering Associates and a representative for Pooler Development and Sorrell Hill LLC, requested that the side setbacks for lots be reduced due to a demand for larger models in the development. A side setback is the distance between a property line and the exterior of the home.
The setbacks were originally set for 25 feet, which could be either 12.5 feet on each side of a home or a 10 and 15 foot combination. Ryan Homes offers different size homes in the development to accommodate each lot size. However, according to Kantack, homebuyers have shown a greater interest in building the larger Ryan Homes models that don't fit on the smaller lots. Therefore, the smaller lots have not been selling.
Developers requested reducing the setbacks on only nine lots to a total of 15 feet, with no less than five feet between the edge of the home and the edge of the property. The change does not affect any current residents or buyers.
Van Buren officials approved the measure with a five to two vote. Councilors Wendy Van Der Water and Howard Johnson voted against the PUD change.