City Council members unanimously approved the final maps for the Tradan Heights planned unit development, though some homeowners in nearby neighborhoods remain unhappy.
Wittwer Construction’s planned unit development has been in talks since 2007 and has been amended following complaints. The company plans to create Tradan Heights subdivision to accommodate 237 single-family houses as part of a 112-acre development on South Murphy Street and 750 S. Country Club Road.
The three main concerns neighboring homeowners expressed during Monday’s City Council meeting were garages, traffic patterns and whether the homes would be rental properties.
Before the meeting began, Marvin Bays handed a letter to everyone in the room on behalf of Park Meadow Garden Homes. In his letter, Bays said he knows Park Meadow will not be immediately affected by the initial developments, but he felt it was necessary to voice their grievances early on.
“After studying the proposed project, we see a basic clash of cultures between the existing neighborhood residents and the residents who are most likely to live in Tradan Heights,” he wrote. “The existing residents of PMGH are virtually all retired persons looking to maintain a relatively high quality of living, whereas the majority of future Tradan Heights residents will likely be young families and OSU students,”
Marla Ruark, a Stillwater resident more than 30 years, said she understood what Wittwer Construction planned was within the law but she was still concerned.
“What is legal is not always right,” she said and urged, no matter the decision, that the plans be handled ethically and with integrity to the existing residents.
“We have not made any commitment that these would be rental units,” said Wittwer Construction real estate attorney Dennis Box. “In fact they will be homes that will be built and sold.”
Box said Wittwer Construction does not have any control over plans of homeowners who may choose to buy a home and later lease it to tenants.
Traffic patterns were a hot topic. Tom Hollman said he was concerned mailbox kiosks might clog already heavily traveled areas.
A map of the PUD was shown and residents were given a laser pointer to show the exact areas they were concerned about. Hollman showed possible outcomes of routing traffic through already established neighborhoods and how that would impact not only residents of the new development, but Stillwater commuters.
Some residents didn’t like the idea of one-car garages for potential rental property - anticipating widespread street parking.
Box said the houses on the perimeter would have two-car garages and interior homes in the development would have one-car garages.