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Planners push back ruling on 694-home development

August 28, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Planning Commission has postponed taking any action on the proposed 694-home Breckenridge East development because of the large number of public comments about potential traffic problems and other related issues.

The planning commission decided to postpone action on Breckenridge until Sept. 23 to give its members time to study the project, Planning Commission Chairman Arnold W. Dailey Jr. said Wednesday.

Planning commission members decided to continue accepting written comments on Breckenridge East until Sept. 8, Dailey said.

The decision to postpone action on Breckenridge East came during a long planning commission meeting Tuesday night in which the subdivision and other projects were being considered.

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The meeting lasted five hours, not ending until after midnight, planning officials said.

Breckenridge is a long-established development off Country Club Road, which currently has about 187 homes.

A large group of Breckenridge homeowners attended the planning commission meeting Tuesday night, some expressing concerns about speeding and other traffic problems that could arise in the community as a result of adding 694 homes to the development.

Some of the concerns centered around the developer's plans to use a main road through the existing Breckenridge development to serve the proposed 694 homes, Dailey said.

Some Breckenridge homes have large lots, giving it a rural feel, and residents said the proposed Breckenridge East would not be compatible with the existing homes.

Planning commission members raised concerns about shortcomings in fire and police service in the area, and how that situation would play out with new subdivisions being proposed.

Dailey said one of the reasons action was postponed on Breckenridge East was to give planning commission members time to consider the public comments, some of which were submitted in written form.

"We've got some reading material," Dailey said.

Concerns were also raised about whether Breckenridge East developers can obtain sewer service for the homes from the city of Charles Town, Dailey said.

Breckenridge East developers appeared before the planning commission in an attempt to get approval for their community impact statement.

The community impact statement, the first step in a subdivision development process, gives details about how the planned community will be developed.

The planning commission can accept the statement, accept it with conditions, or reject it.

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