New construction abounds in the local area – but not all is completely welcomed, and one neighborhood group believes changes must abound in the wake of several pending projects.
With the many new housing developments underway – Stanley Park, Palisades Park, Weekly Homes on Minimax, Timbergrove Oaks, and more – there stand issues regarding traffic and flooding that Super Neighborhood Council 14 (Timbergrove/Lazybrook) believes the community needs to be aware of. The council will hold a public meeting Aug. 9 at Lazybrook Baptist Church, 1822 W 18th St. to discuss the plan moving forward.
“Everything that we’re doing is essentially trying to pre-plan all these new developments that are happening,” said Ashley Stubbs with SN Council 14. “We have several acres of land in our area that are primed for townhome development. What we’re seeing right now is a very dangerous routine of land development.”
That’s why we’re seeing all this street flooding, and more general flooding during modest rainfalls – there’s no master plan for the area and prevention.”
Stubbs said the council met with Dr. Kathleen Bullock – managing engineer for Public Works – Monday morning, and has outlined a contingency plan to present at the public gathering.
“She says we need to get together and put something together with verbiage that states any development over one acre requires a flood study of the area – taking into account both new development and existing neighborhoods,” Stubbs said. “If they find the existing infrastructure cannot handle the capacity, the developer needs to make the required improvements before beginning construction.
According to Stubbs, the city will review public comments on the verbiage submitted over the next month – and as long it’s public comment, Flood Czar Steve Costello is purportedly required to hear it out. As such, Council will also be sending out that verbiage in masse soon, Stubbs said.
“We’re willing to help fight and change the way things are being done in our area, but we need people to step up and tell us what’s wrong so that we can fight for change,” she remarked. If there’s anything you’re concerned about, we need to hear it.”