By Blaze Fugina
Developers of a 1.9-acre parcel of land near Idlewood Road in Mound are looking to turn the area into a four-lot development.
Representatives of the landowners, listed as the Anderson Estate, are looking to turn the land into three smaller lots buffering Idlewood Road and one larger lot closer to Fairfield Road. The land has been in the same ownership for over 100 years.
The three small lots are planned to be roughly 84 feet wide by 150 feet deep, and the largest lot is planned to be 210 feet both wide and long.
The developers and city staff attended the July 24 city council meeting to ask for approval of a sketch plan. The main concern of the development plan was getting access by a driveway or a road to the largest lot for a future landowner. The three smallest lots have frontage onto Idlewood Road, but the fourth lot does not front any public roads.
Rita Trapp, the Mound planning consultant, was present to explain one option for the property. This plan called for access from a Fairfield Road right-of-way. Since a private driveway cannot occupy a public right-of-way, a small roadway would be constructed and considered public up to the property line.
Mound Mayor Mark Hanus said that the city has had other cases without road access to a property similar to this, and he decided that a driveway coming from Idlewood Road through the other lots to the fourth lot would be better than using a public right-of-way.
Also, Hanus said he felt the flag lot style of driveway was more traditional than using a public right-of-way.
"Is it better to do what’s drawn up, or is it better to create a more traditional access," said Hanus. "Even if it’s not a road, if it’s just a driveway."
Developers said that, if it were possible, they would like to keep the lots as large as possible for building options. If a driveway reduced the size of the lots, he wanted to maintain 60-foot lots for building.
"With reference to a flag lot, lots two, three and four are intentionally oversized," said the representative of the estate, Brett Hislop. "They are specifically oversized to allow 60 foot wide buildable pads."
Hanus said that it is up to the developer to work with the best option for the city.
"We want to work with you in any way we can, but there are limits as well," he said.
The city council finished the discussion by asking city staff and developers to plan for the use of a driveway on private land rather than use a public right-of-way.