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February 17, 2013

Development annexation in Willow Park delayed

By CHRISTIN COYNE

WILLOW PARK – After much discussion Tuesday night, the Willow Park City Council declined to take action on a request for annexation submitted by Willow Park Baptist Church that could lead to development of assisted-living facility and nursing facilities off Crown Pointe Boulevard.

Several council members requested more information regarding plans for development of the property and impact on the city while others, who seemed ready to approve the request, withdrew motions after learning of issues with the submitted information.

The council rescheduled the issue for the next city council meeting.

Council member Amy Podany said she felt council needed more information and wants the city to compile a service plan and cost analysis for the 10-acre area, located near ongoing development of a 280-unit apartment complex on the city’s west side.

“There is too much information that we don’t have,” Podany said.

Without a service plan, they don’t know what type of city infrastructure is required, Podany said.

On recent annexations, the developer has paid for its own infrastructure, Mayor Richard Neverdousky noted, though other council members pointed out the city paid for infrastructure outside the property to meet development needs.

“There’s really two conflicting issues,” City Administrator Matt Shaffstall said, adding that, historically, the city has done developers agreements on individual tracts. He said the developer in this case has submitted a draft agreement now under review.

“There is an overall lack of a plan, but to a certain extent, some of that lies on the city council,” Shaffstall said. “That’s our responsibility as a city to say that we have a thoroughfare plan that shows where future roads are going to go. Now it doesn’t necessarily mean the city is going to be the person building that road … and as developers come along it’s typically their responsibility to build that extension of the road piece by piece. That’s how a lot of other cities do it.”

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