Davises seek zone change for their planned community

December 18, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

Jim and Nancy Davis intend to start construction of a planned community on U.S. 127 bypass and Perryville Road within two years.

Their attorney committed to the start date, after years of anticipation, at a zone change hearing Wednesday for 58 acres. The couple wants that portion of the 300-acre site to be changed from AR-1, which allows one acre residential lots, to R-1, which would allow them to build patio homes on smaller lots.

Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning is expected to make a decision on Feb. 18.

The change met with opposition from neighbors Mike and Beth Perros, and Stone Land, a bordering farm, and developer Mike Montgomery.

An average of two homes would be built on each acre for a total of 122 lots. The Davises call the development town-centered, as opposed to a strip-mall. Retail, offices and green space will be located in the middle, with parking behind the buildings.


The Davises need two zone changes. The land where about 50 one-acre lots would be is now zoned industrial. The homes would be priced at $300,000. The couple has not said when they will ask P&Z for that change. The other change is for the patio homes, which would be priced between $120,000 -$200,000, and would be attractive to retirees.

The housing developments would have deed restrictions that pinpoint everything from mailbox locations to the number of allowable windows. The neighborhood would have walking and bicycle paths.

The neighborhood would have three entrances, on Bluegrass Pike, Engleside Drive and Davco Drive. Water and sewerage is already available, and the property has been annexed into the city. The Davises' attorney, Dick Murphy, said that the houses will buffer the highway commercial land from the agriculture land behind their property.

P&Z chair Pete Coyle told Murphy that the agency had a requirement that work begin within two years on property that is granted a zone change. Murphy said that it would.

Local contractor Mike Montgomery, who has twice been denied a zone change on U.S. 150 for his own similar development, raised questions about the property. Each time that Montgomery has been before P&Z, the Davises have opposed him.

He said he was going to ask them the same questions he had been asked.

He wanted to know if there had been a traffic study? Murphy said the state Department of Transportation required one before entrances were connected to the bypass.

"I hate to kick them in the teeth for having a good plan," Montgomery said. "Does Danville need this kind of plan?"

Murphy said that he believed there was a need for a high-end subdivision on the west end of town.

Mike Perros said that he believed the development would change the character of the land, and that there wasn't a need for that much housing there. He pointed to the 1996 comprehensive plan, and said that the Davises planned to put 53 percent of the city's total housing needs in their development.

Perros said his property value would drop unless he subdivided his land and sold it off in a similar fashion, but he said his family doesn't want to move.

Attorney Bill Stevens, representing Stone Land, asked that sewerage and streets be extended to the farm behind the Davises. He said if the zone change was passed it was their intent to develop the farm into a residential area.

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