A new five-lot subdivision proposed to be built on Ward Lane was recently approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
During the group’s June 13 meeting, Commissioners reviewed and voted in favor of the proposed subdivision to be located at 851 Ward Lane. The 8.28-acre property is on the west side of Ward Lane, between Verbena Court and Winding Trail, and is currently listed as owned by Anna Doolittle.
The Commission voted 8-1 in favor of the application, with Commissioner Cathy Downes casting the lone dissenting vote. She cited the Town’s subdivision regulations, which state in part that rear lots “shall be avoided in new subdivisions where possible.”
Representing the applicant was Todd Ritchie, a professional engineer with SLR Consulting. Ritchie said the new subdivision will consist of four new homes and one existing home. Each lot will average 1.5 acres, and “minimal earth work” will be required before the homes are constructed.
Three of the new homes will share a driveway with a cul-de-sac on the south side of the property.
“The width of the common drive will be 15 feet paved, and then 6 feet on each side is gravel for some vehicle pull-off, for passing,” Ritchie explained.
The fourth new dwelling will have its own 50-foot driveway, Ritchie noted.
A treeline will remain between the new houses and the homes directly to the west, which have Mountain Road addresses.
“The houses themselves aren’t pushed up right to the rear setback lines,” Ritchie said.
Commissioner Tom Selmont spoke in favor of the project.
“It’s consistent with the rest of the neighborhood,” Selmont said. “I live right by there. I’m sure it will be a nice addition.”