Heights P&Z deals with water worries
March 18, 2009 | RIVER HEIGHTS -- Fear of contaminants
from surrounding roads entering Spring Creek via storm
water runoff concerned Planning and Zoning Commission
members during Tuesday night's meeting.
Plans for Boulder Creek subdivision were reviewed
by the City Council last week and were given back to
planning and zoning to address several issues concerning
the accumulation of storm water and potential runoff.
The current plan calls for a retention pond in the back
of lot eight, which the council and commission doubts
would be adequate.
If the proposed retention pond is not large enough
to hold all potential storm water and runoff, it will
travel into Spring Creek without having first been absorbed
into the ground. Soil acts as a natural filter for contaminants,
such as oil from vehicles, which wash from the surrounding
roads during storms.
Developer Dan Hogan will have to conduct a water table
study on the property from April through July to access
the potential for standing water and runoff.
City engineers will conduct their own study to access
the potential contamination of Spring Creek as well
as the feasibility of basements which Hogan plans to
construct in the new homes. If the water table is too
high, basements could be flood or require sump pumps
to insure that basement flooding will not damage the
The commission also addressed concerns about the developer's
desire to redirect Spring Creek through the southwest
corner of the subdivision. Hogan wants to redirect Spring
Creek, which snakes through the corner of the proposed
Boulder Creek subdivision, to take a more direct route
across the property allowing for more developable space.
The commission will require Hogan to submit a landscape
plan, which complies with federal guidelines, to insure
the natural aesthetics of the creek will not change.
Commissioner Lorin Zollinger said it would be nice to
know it's going to look natural.
"We don't want them building a dam," said
The commission drafted a list of requirements that
Hogan will have to satisfy prior to submitting the plat
plan to the commission.
In other matters, the commission approved the adoption
of a new Wireless Telecommunications Facility ordinance
which will now be sent to the city council for acceptance.