P&Z rejects Duncan Hill development

November 05, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Duncan Hill needs development, but not 14-families worth and not on another street branching off it, residents told the Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday.

Commissioners listened and even though the proposed development was on par with the zoning there, they turned down plans by Elite Development Enterprises to build on the old Ponderosa Club property.

The company is headed by Norman Bartleson, the local NAACP president, and his partner, Kevin Nevils, who is also known as Kayvon Nevils.

The vote was split 6-2. Chairman Pete Coyle and Commissioner Tom Wright voted for the project, saying that the area needs development.


After it was turned down, Nancy Estes, the surveyor for the developers, demanded to know why it was rejected. When she directed P&Z staff to take notes, attorney Bruce Smith told her, "I'm not going to let you run this meeting."

He then suggested the commissioners give her reasons in writing at the next meeting on Dec. 15.

The proposal was to build on 2.89 acres. Developers wanted to build four houses facing Duncan Hill, and then cut a road onto the property and put in 10 more houses. The smallest house would have had 1,300 square feet and sit on 0.1 of an acre. Each house would have had a garage.

Estes said the house size was no smaller than is found in other Danville subdivisions.

The property is zoned GR-B, which is usually for duplexes. The developers wanted to build single-family houses.

Residents object

Duncan Hill residents came to object to the development. They said that the houses would change the character of the neighborhood. The street is one of the oldest in the city. It has older houses that sit on large lots facing the street, and near the end of it there is farmland.

A development with 14 houses on 2.89 acres wouldn't fit in, resident Kerry Kenley said.

He told commissioners that Duncan Hill does need development, but not the kind of development that was suggested by Elite.

"It wouldn't fit," Kenley said. "It's the density ... jamming a bunch of small houses (on the street) is not the solution."

The residents also said that the added traffic would be too much for the narrow, curvy street, which is 20 feet wide. Some existing houses sit close to the street and there is no right-of-way for expansion.

"You couldn't widen that road without cutting off somebody's porch," Kenley said.

The developers wanted to build a cross street with a cul-de-sac, so that the school bus and fire trucks could turn around.

Estes said she realizes that the road is small and curvy, but that it wouldn't be the only place in Danville that has homes built on tight roads.

Coyle said that sometimes the problem has to get worse before it gets better, suggesting that the city would widen the road if there was more traffic on it.

Elite had planned to give a 10 foot right-of-way in front of its property.

Commissioner Gary Chidester said he would like to see the developers come back with plans for fewer houses.

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