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City Council denies preliminary plat

The Glencoe City Council approved the Planning and Industrial Commission’s recommendation to deny a preliminary plat for 10 lots in Glenview Estates with a 3-2 vote at its Monday night meeting.
Many neighboring property owners attended the meeting. Mayor Randy Wilson acknowledged the concerns that were brought up at the public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 14, including the small lot size, the number of cars that would be parked in the neighborhood and the the fact the houses would not match the character of the existing homes.
On the City Council’s agenda, City Administrator Mark Larson requested that the issue be tabled until the next meeting.
Likewise, instead of taking action immediately, Wilson suggested setting up a meeting with the developer, the City Council and the Planning Commission.
“We did have a study done that indicated clearly that we need to have more housing and patio homes was one of the things that came out of it,” said Wilson.
Council Member Allen Robeck voiced his opinion that the item should not be tabled. “There are a lot of people here who just don’t want it,” said Robeck.
Council Member Milan Alexander also agreed with the Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny the preliminary plat: “All I can tell you is there is a place for patio homes and it’s not there.”
Wilson encouraged the City Council to consider meeting with the developer: “I think everything that was brought up at the meeting the other day was a valid concern. One concern I do have is that we have not had a lot of housing currently. I think it would behoove us to revisit with the developer, bring it back to the Planning Commission and look at the changes. I think that’s prudent … maybe the developer is willing to look at something different.”
For more from the City Council meeting, including updates on various city projects, see the Sept. 20 print edition of The Chronicle.