Planning Commission tables Sunspace PUD request

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 03:56 PM.

Along with the future land use map change, the developers were asking for approval to build the first 50 homes using a waste lift station in lieu of septic tanks, Henderson said.

Ackerman asked if the developers had detailed plans for the development the commissioners could see.

Henderson said the developers were not going to spend the money on more detailed plans until the future land use of the property was clarified. “No one is going to spend the kind of money it would take to work up all the details on a property they don’t even know if they can use or not,” he said. The developers are also proposing that they be allowed to build the first 50 units using a sewage lift tank as a storage tank, to make development more affordable.

“It is going to take over $500,000 to build the first house,” Henderson said. The plan is for the first 50 homes to be connected to a lift station that would be pumped out by tanker then taken to the Sunny Hills waste treatment plant. “When the 51st home is built, then the developer will make the lift station operational and connect it with the treatment plant.”

Vice Chairman David Morris was chairing the public hearing, since chairman Al Keown was absent on Tuesday.

In the public participation segment of the hearing, things turned confrontational when Morris’ wife, Karen Morris, asked why there had been no progress on the Rhythm project, which was approved after much controversy in 2012.

The proposed Rhythm development is a 1,883 acre Active Adult Retirement Community in Washington County approximately 3 miles west of US 231, according to the website

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