By Jennifer Mudge
There is currently a plan to build apartments on the 17.6 acres between Wandermere Road and Highway 395. This crescent shaped property consists of 3 parcels all owned by the same developer. There are parcels (6.2 and 6.9 acres respectively) zoned high density and a 4.5 acres parcel in the middle zoned low density.
Regarding this property, there are currently two actions under review with the county. One is a rezone application for the 4.5 acre parcel of land hanging to high density. If this is approved, the developer plans to build 354 apartments over the 3 parcels. This request is still under review. The County Commissioners have asked the developer to submit a developer agreement for review and traffic study documentation to be discussed at the County Commissioner hearing on June 16 at 5:30 pm. The hearing is open for public testimony. All interested should plan to attend and speak as to the effects on our neighborhoods.
The second issue is an apartment permit application to develop 123 apartments on the northern 6.2 acres; the land where the trees were removed. The Friends of Wandermere filed an appeal against the Environmental Decision of ‘No Impact’ to the area. Besides the obvious safety issues, some known impacts we as a community will experience will be related to noise, traffic, even more school overcrowding. The Friends of Wandermere are attempting to work with the developer on an amicable agreement to limit the impact on our communities but have been unsuccessful to this point.
To learn more about the details, how this impacts you, and how you can get involved, please contact Jen Mudge at firstname.lastname@example.org.