Square developers change plan

Published 10:20 pm Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Bennett’s Creek Square development got an amendment to its master plan from City Council on Wednesday night.

The development group requested to transfer part of a residential lot in the development to a commercial portion of the property. The area will eventually be used as single-family and multi-family housing as well as commercial uses.

The extra land in the commercial portion will be used to expand the parking lot of a dentists’ office in the development.

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“One of the dentists who will be based in the office deals with disabled children,” said Scott Mills, planning director, during a report before Wednesday’s public hearing. In order to create more space for disabled parking, the master plan needed to be amended, Mills said.

No opponents to the move spoke during the public hearing, and the amendment was quickly approved unanimously.

This is the second time since August that the Bennett’s Creek Square developers have made changes to their plan. In August, City Council granted an amendment to the conditional use permit to allow the developers to change 100 townhouse units from age-restricted to non-restricted. The slumping housing market necessitated the change, representatives from the developer said at that meeting. The developers added $436,000 in proffers for middle and high school capacity as a result of the change.