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Council approves land annexation

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Apr 25, 2018
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo David Todt, chief administrative officer at Maharishi University of Management, addresses the Fairfield City Council Monday on the annexation of land for North Campus Village.

The Fairfield City Council approved a resolution Monday annexing 32 acres into city limits for North Campus Village, a housing development on the north side of town.

A portion of the 32 acres will be used to develop Phase 6, which will add 55 units during the next three years.

The planning and zoning commission recommended annexing the land into the city upon the request of Maharishi University of Management.

Mary Ann Vestal, who resides in North Campus Village, said she was worried about the effect of future expansions on the existing roads. She said the chip and seal roads are owned by the homeowners association.

City Engineer Melanie Carlson said the developers have worked well with the city.

“We’re not talking about the subdivision yet, just annexation,” she told the council.

David Todt, chief administrative officer at Maharishi University of Management, which owns the land, echoed Carlson’s comments about how a formal subdivision request will come later. He said most of the land to be incorporated into the city is being used by the university’s agricultural programs.

Todt was asked about future street developments in the area. He said Granville Avenue, a north-south street that goes by the domes, could be extended north to connect it with the streets in North Campus Village. That would mean crossing the Fairfield Loop Trail. Todt added that there might be disadvantages to extending the road, too, and that more study was needed.

Mayor Ed Malloy said he expects more public input when the subdivision is proposed and the matter returns to the planning and zoning commission.

North Campus Village is being developed jointly by Vastu Partners LLC and DRB Contracting Inc. The development began in 2002. The most recent phase, Phase 5, began in 2016 and added 56 units.

If Phase 6 goes according to plan, the housing complex will have 180 units, and will have tripled in size since the start of 2016.

• The council approved a resolution allowing for a minor subdivision for Prairie Lakes Subdivision. Developer Ed Harvey requested dividing three lots into five hoping the smaller lots will sell.

• Shelby Reck asked for and received the council’s approval of the Jefferson County Fair parade route at 6:30 p.m. June 26. Per usual, the parade will begin at Fairfield High School, proceed west on Broadway Avenue before turning north on Main Street and then head back to the high school on Briggs Avenue.

 

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