The Fremont City Council approved several resolutions completing the platting process for the proposed SunRidge Place housing development during its meeting Tuesday night.
Council approved revisions to SunRidge’s preliminary plat and granted approval of two final plats – which will make up the final two-thirds of the planned three phase development.
The SunRidge Place plat map involves a singular preliminary plat that encompasses the entire 60.3 acre swath of land located in between Military Avenue, Jack Sutton Parkway, Luther Road and Johnson Road in eastern Fremont, while three final plats split the overall development into thirds.
The development’s first final plat included the center portion of the development and was approved by Council on July 10, while the final two plats – known as SunRidge Place First Addition and Second Addition were approved unanimously 8-0 on Tuesday.
Throughout the entitlement process SunRidge Place has seen staunch opposition from area residents who have cited various concerns about the project mostly centered on the density and types of housing within the proposed development and their conformity with the existing neighborhood. Safety concerns for local school children related to increased traffic in the area was another area of concern
Several area residents again voiced their opposition to the project at the meeting on Tuesday, citing many of the same concerns.
“SunRidge Place perhaps should be built in Fremont—but certainly not at the location it is proposed,” local resident Linda Verner said. “I am not sure it’s wise to put that much, that many people, so tightly in a space anywhere.”
Local resident Brad Yerger, who has been a consistently vocal opponent to the development offered a proposed solution – which he says could relieve at least some of the concern from him and other area residents.
“The ongoing consternation of surrounding property owners could be eased at least in part by simply removing a lot or two along Military and Luther Road corridors in order to enlarge remaining corridor lots to a more compatible size,” Brad Yerger said. “This has been discussed before, I hoped that during the course of all these months that might be something that would be entertained by the developer, but that has not been the case.”
While concerns about housing density within SunRidge Place still remain among area residents, the revisions to the preliminary plat which were ultimately approved on Tuesday seem to address at least some of those issues according to Planning Director Jennifer Dam.
“In sum what this (revision) does is creates areas for storm water retention, it reduces the density and it changes the street configuration to a certain degree,” she told the council.
According to Marlin Brabec of Don Peterson & Associates, changes to the proposed development were made to the preliminary plat to address feedback received from area residents regarding the project.
“We did listen to the community members, we had meetings out at St. Pat’s (Catholic Church) and had them come in,” he said. “We’ve made it less dense – it’s around 30-35 percent less dense than the original and we took the street out that would connect into Day Acres.”
During discussions regarding the SunRidge First Addition final plat, encompassing the eastern third of the property, Brabec also addressed changes to plans for the development’s commercial area – which saw a great deal of opposition from local residents due to its proximity to Fremont Middle School and Johnson Crossing Academic Center.
“At one time we were all concerned about a convenience store being in the corner of that lot – that’s not going to happen,” he said. “It’s going to be a bank.”
He added that the commercial area may now also include a dentist office.
In other news from the meeting, the Council unanimously voted to go into executive session to discuss potential and threatened litigation against the city.
There was no open discussion regarding the vote to go into closed session by the council and no actions or votes can be made by council when in executive session.
“The executive session is limited to a strategy session and no official actions or votes will be taken during the session,” Council President Scott Schaller said prior to the vote.
The vote to go into executive session was the last item on the council’s agenda – with the actual executive session lasting approximately 16 minutes before the meeting was re-opened and then adjourned.
A full council agenda can be found online at fremontne.gov/agendacenter.