Land use — Application for Shellie Park plan faced opposition from community members, but planning commission decides proposal can continue

After months of debate, the Shellie Park subdivision application was approved at the Planning Commission’s July 10 meeting.

Located at 735 N. College St., the subdivision will create 21 lots. There were many who expressed concern with the development of the property, including Roger Grahn, who formerly owned the space and still owns three tax lots to the south.

“To me this just represents planning at its worst,” Grahn said at the June 12 meeting. “It’s taking the easy way out, maximizing profits with no thought whatsoever about what you’re leaving behind.”

The commission was concerned with a variance as it wasn’t clear the applicants had explored every avenue before determining the proposal was the only way to develop the property.

There was also concern that the commission’s findings weren’t supportive of the proposed plan. This was resolved with an additional work session last month.

The commission found that the development would not impede future use of surrounding property and would not produce a significant traffic impact.

“One of the concerns of the neighbors was the existing traffic near Veritas School at the intersection of Mission Drive and College Street, and the future potential increase in traffic.

This development is estimated to generate fewer than 40 trips in the PM peak hour, so it is not large enough to require a full traffic study,” according to the commission’s decision. “The city did have the applicant hire a traffic engineer to examine the existing situation and the impact of the proposed development. They found that much of the traffic at the intersection was from Veritas School, and Veritas recognized that by working to control the impact.”

Affected parties have until 4:30 p.m. July 24 to file an appeal. After that date, the applicants are free to move forward with the development process.

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