Lancaster OKs subdivision near McDonald's

May 11, 2004|JIM LOGAN

LANCASTER - Lancaster City Council gave tentative approval Monday night for a subdivision behind McDonald's on U.S. 27.

The subdivision proposal by David Land had been the focus of intense opposition by neighbors who argued that it was too large, would create traffic hazards and would cause serious water runoff problems for the properties below it.

Land, who owns a tax service in Lancaster, had taken his proposal for 29 residential units on 12 acres before the council on several occasions, usually with design changes intended to mollify its critics.

In his latest plans, he incorporated culverts and other methods to deal with the anticipated runoff problem.

After hearing from Land and the concerned neighbors, the council voted to "authorize him to move forward contingent upon the city attorney finding everything was in order," Mayor Billy Moss said today. "I want to be clear that what we've done was totally right and legal."


Land said this morning he will file his preliminary plat with Planning and Zoning, then start "moving dirt ... as soon as possible. As matter of fact, I'm gonna call the guy who's gonna do that this morning and see when he can come."

The council also took up its dog ordinance after the third pit bull attack in the city since March.

In the latest, Jordan Scott, 8, was bitten as he played with a neighbor's dog on Myers Court last week.

Among those in attendance were Scott and Jesse Denny, the father of Anita Denny, who needed more than 100 stitches after being mauled by a pit bull in March.

After some discussion, the council agreed to form a committee to study how the current ordinance can be strengthened.

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