City of Fayetteville staff was signaling green Tuesday night but Planning and Zoning Commissioners voted red on a rezoning petition from City Councilman Paul Oddo, County Commissioner Chuck Oddo and their brother Warren to rezone their family’s 60-acre tract of land along Redwine Road for development of a higher-density residential neighborhood.
Vice Chairman Bill Talley successfully led the group to at least temporarily turn down the rezoning over concerns that there wasn’t enough available information to convince them that additional water runoff problems wouldn’t be inflicted upon neighbors in the contiguous Quail Crossing subdivision. He said the matter was best handled by city council, who had more latitude in creating stipulations for the developers before approving the higher-density subdivion.
The property also abuts the original phase of Lakemont subdivision and would line up its subdivision entrance with Ramah Road, making that a four-way stop.
Developer Bruce Carlisle represented the Oddo brothers, none of whom attended Tuesday night’s presentation, and told planning commissioners the land is already zoned R-22, which allows for lots of three-quarters of an acre and larger to be developed as home sites. The rezoning, he said, is just to allow for a better quality arrangement of roughly the same number of homes that they can already build.
Carlisle said 77 lots are currently proposed for the property. Director of Community Development Brian Wismer said around 84 lots in theory could be developed under the property’s current zoning. An R-30 zoning, which is what the Oddos are requesting, could theoretically result in a maximum of 120 homes on the land, but Carlisle said that is not the intention of his development team.
“It could have been much denser,” Carlisle told commissioners. “But we feel like for the price homes that we want and for the quality of development that we’re looking for, the plan we put before you is the best plan.
“We’re only talking about the difference between a half-acre lot and a three-acre lot,” Carlisle said.
Several opponents to the measure, some of whom live in Quail Crossing, and some of whom live in Lakemont, publicly opposed the rezoning Tuesday night. The Quail Crossing neighbors focused on water runoff issues, which they say are already causing havoc on their septic systems. They also noted that the are concerned about traffic, especially if developers take advice from the city’s fire department and connect the new subdivision’s streets to Quail Crossing’s streets.
Lakemont neighbors focused on traffic, and especially on the added pressure traffic could cause on Ramah Road, which intersects not far away with Hwy. 85 and Hwy. 92 South.
“All we’re asking for is the same zoning they have in Lakemont,” Carlisle said. “I know they’re opposed to that, but really they’re opposed to us having the same zoning that they have.”
As for Quail Crossing neighbors’ concerns, Carlisle said his people have no desire to connect the neighborhoods, and he reiterated that the notion originated at City Hall. He also said the new subdivision, while he promised it would not cause more runoff, suggested retention pond construction could possibly even reduce runoff to lower levels than Quail Crossing residents currently experience.
“Not that we can solve all those problems with our development, but in working with the neighborhood, we can probably work through some of those situations,” he said.
According to city officials, the petition now moves to the city council’s Sept. 4 agenda.