Dublin Villager

Celtic Crossing

Tree waiver sticking point for proposed development

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Another residential development could be coming to Dublin's northwest side.

Dublin City Council members this week heard the first reading of a preliminary development and preliminary plat for a 44 single-family home development near Jerome High School.

The development, Celtic Crossing, is proposed for 28.1 acres on the west side of Hyland-Croy Road and north of Mitchell-Dewitt Road.

Portions of the land to the north and west are bordered by Glacier Ridge Metro Park, planner Justin Goodwin said, and a few homes border at the south.

The land that would be rezoned from rural to planned unit development is also bisected by a northern tributary of Indian Run.

As proposed, Celtic Crossing would have 8.75 acres of open space, with entrances off Hyland-Croy and Mitchell-Dewitt roads.

With 44 single-family homes proposed, the development carries a density of 1.57 units per acre and the community plan recommends 1.5 units per acre, Goodwin said.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval for both the preliminary development plan and preliminary plat.

The removal of some trees on the land caused some council members concern, though.

The preliminary development plan includes a tree waiver, which would allow the developer to replace some trees in a tree-for-tree manner rather than inch-by-inch (in width of the tree).

According to the staff report to council, 304 inches of trees have been identified for removal, along with another 22 trees along the stream where a road will be built and four others at the southwest corner of the site.

"How is this an advantage to the city," Council Member Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher asked.

Planners anticipated that a stream crossing would have to be built and the trees removed, Goodwin said.

Chinnici-Zuercher continued to question why the developer would not have to replace the trees removed with trees similar in size.

"I don't think I can support something that includes the (tree) waiver in the text," Councilwoman Cathy Boring agreed. "I think it needs to come before council so we can deal with it."

Kevin McCauley, a representative of land owner and developer Stavroff Interests, said the trees will be replaced with street trees and landscaping, and the waiver was requested to save time.

"Even with the waiver ... this site ends up with more trees than it had," he said.

Council members asked staff to remove the tree waiver from the preliminary development plan before it returns to them for a vote April 8.

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