Lysander officials voted 4-to-1 against requested changes to Timber Banks.
Bill Price, president of Pooler Development had requested a change in the general project plan for the new development off River Road on the Cold Springs peninsula.
Originally, the firm was going to build three-story town homes to match the three-story apartment complexes, which have already been built across the street, for aesthetic purposes, Price said. However, it was determined the three-story town home, featuring a garage on the first level and living space on the second and third levels, was not a feasible product for the development. Instead, the developer of the town homes came back with a two-story product requiring a larger footprint. To accommodate the increased footprints, Price requested a reduction in the setbacks (distance between the home and roads including a two-foot gutter easement) from 26 feet to 19 feet. Price also requested a lot area maximum increase from 9,000 to 14,000 square feet and a lot width maximum increase from 65 feet to 155 feet.
During last Monday's public hearing, Councilor Jack Krisanda expressed concerns that the shortened driveways would only complicate parking and traffic along the area roads, which, because they are private, do not need to meet town code. One of his concerns was that bumpers would stick out into the roadway. The town also received a letter from the Belgium-Cold Springs Fire Department, which expressed concerns about public and fire safety should the changes be approved.
After the public hearing, the councilors Brian May, Art Levy, Ed Reed and Krisanda voted against the proposed amendment to the general project plan. Supervisor Barry Bullis was the sole vote in favor of the amendment.