When the Troy Board of Aldermen met for its monthly meeting on March 15 at City Hall, it was welcomed by a large crowd of local residents who were less than happy about construction near their neighborhoods.
Several residents spoke at a public hearing opposing a preliminary plan for the construction of the Oakley Subdivision, which would be located at the site of Weinand Farm, near Highway J. The residents live in Huntington, Cottonwood and Oak Forest subdivisions, which would be adjacent to the new subdivision, if built.
Nathan Smith of DDN Enterprises, spoke to the board on behalf of property owners Mark Norton and David Koester to request approval of the plan.
Concerns about the proposed development range from traffic concerns, and most importantly, flooding concerns, due to previous development of the area.
Ward 3 Alderwoman Rachel Dunard said the residents’ concerns are legitimate, and several of them have had to be saved by boat from flood waters in her ward. She provided photos and maps of the flooding given to her by one of her constituents.
“I’m concerned for my constituents, and I want their voices to be heard,” Dunard said.
Smith said the development of the Weinand Farm property would not cause further flooding to the area because the original cause of the flooding came from poor planning from previous development.
“It’s an issue from all the development that came before us,” he said. “The developments before us were built back in the 1970s and 1980s, long before anyone thought about flood retention upstream.”
Retiring Ward 2 Alderwoman Lisa Anderson said the property has already been zoned “R-3 PD,” and someone is going to eventually develop on that property.
“The property has flooded, whether there has been development or not, so the issue needs to be addressed regardless,” said Anderson, who is not running for reelection after 11 years in office.
Smith said they will remove a dead-end road, so residents of Buchanan Creek Estates will have a dead-end road.
“The residents don’t want traffic going into their neighborhood,” he said. “That’s not going to happen because they’re still going to have a dead-end road.”
In the end, the board chose to table the measure until next month’s meeting.
In other business, the board unanimously approved an ordinance sponsored by Ward 2 Alderman David Norman that would create an annual budget reserve, what Mayor Ron Sconce called a “rainy day fund” for the city.
“It would be something we’ve never had before,” Norman said. “It’s something we’ve needed for a long time.”