Dublin Villager

Council approves plans for developments near schools

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Two rezonings and preliminary development plans expected to bring about 50 new homes to Dublin were approved this week.

Dublin City Council members April 8 unanimously approved rezonings and preliminary development plans for Celtic Crossing and Coffman Reserve.

Celtic Crossing required a rezoning of 28.1 acres across Hyland Croy Road from the Jerome High School stadium from rural to planned unit development for the 44-lot neighborhood.

The development is planned to have access points on Hyland Croy Road and Mitchell-Dewitt Road and backs up to Glacier Ridge Metro Park.

Ben Hale, an attorney representing the developer, said they worked with the metro park to provide a path to the north of the neighborhood that would allow access to the metro park. A connection that will allow students to walk to Jerome High School is also planned.

"We really think this will be a terrific subdivision," Hale said.

A new road will be built in the subdivision and must pass over a small creek that crosses the property from the north to the south. A tree preservation area is planned for the creek area.

The development will have 90-foot lots, Hale said, and homes will be one to two stories with two- or three-car garages.

For Coffman Reserve, council members approved the rezoning of 3.0 acres on the west side of Coffman Road from restricted suburban residential to planned unit development for the six-home subdivision.

Planner Claudia Husak said a road, to be named Brennan Court, will be built to give the neighborhood access to Coffman Road and will be across the street from the Dublin City School administration building.

On the first reading, council members questioned the dry storm water detention area near the middle of the development and said it might cost home owners too much to maintain.

After looking into a waiver and other options, a dry detention basin was ruled the best option and is expected to cost about $350 annually to maintain.

The basin will also act as open space for the neighborhood and will "be landscaped with deciduous trees, with ornamental tree accents and deciduous shrubs distributed in a naturalized manner," the staff report to council states.

Vice Mayor Amy Salay questioned developer Charles Ruma about how soon construction could begin.

A final development plan is still required, Ruma said, but if everything goes smoothly the street could be constructed by the end of the year and home construction could start soon after that.

"With home sales recently, this could go very quickly," Ruma said.

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