Residents against apartment complex

TROY — A public hearing was held on Monday regarding a request to rezone 22.5 acres in the area of State Route 718 and McKaig Road for a planned apartment complex.

The applicant, Patricia Harshbarger, stated the rezoning is to construct a private residential apartment neighborhood. The proposed development, by Redwood development company, consists of 138 total single-story style units with four or six units per structure. The neighborhood will include 5.2 acres of green space, a walking path and a covered shelter near a proposed retention pond. The rezoning would be from the County zoning of A-2, General Agricultural District to a Residential Planned Development.

The third reading of the rezoning issue will be at the Aug. 17 council meeting. A committee meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, but a location has not been announced by the city at this time.

Water and sewer services will be provided by the city. Recycling and trash services will be privately acquired. Landscaping and mowing will be the property owner’s domain. Roadways and signage will be the property owner’s responsibility.

The Troy Planning Commission OK’d the request to move on to city council, with president Al Kappers casting the lone no vote against it.

A representative from Redwoods gave a presentation about the complex prior to the public hearing.

Several residents spoke out against the rezoning issue due to flooding issues, home values and traffic issues.

Brad Farrenkopf, a trustee and resident of land adjacent to the property on McKaig Road, said he’s against the rezoning because it deteriorates the value of neighboring residential and business properties. He also said an apartment complex negatively impacts the rural privacy of the neighboring property owners and creates traffic safety and congestion issues. He said some apartments would look directly into his home.

John Geiger, a resident of Westlake, said he’s against the complex due to the increase of traffic in the area. Geiger said stormwater issues in the area will increase if the apartment complex is built and the drainage has never been properly handled.

Ron Poling, a resident of Troy, said he didn’t know when the land was annexed and why. The land was annexed earlier this year. President of council Bill Lutz said annexations are at the request of land owners. Poling said he would be more in favor of a single family development rather than an apartment complex.

Bruce Muir, a resident of Stonebridge Estates, and part of the neighborhood’s board, said he has spoke with many of the residents who are against the apartment complex. Muir said there is concern with the increase of traffic.

Larry Morrow,farms the property east of the Stonebridge Meadows. Morrow claims that neighborhood floods 3-4 acres of his fields each year. He asked if there’s a detention or retention pond for the apartment complex and who was engineering the property since the Stonebridge Meadow’s retention pond flows through the ditch. City staff said the city would oversee the complex’s water displacement plan for the property. Morrow said he believes that water issues will continue in the area with the apartment complex.

Mickey Hammer, a resident of Stonebridge Meadows, said many residents in his neighborhood are concerned with flooding, traffic and congestion.

“It’s a mess,” he said.

Debra Stichter said council should look at the complex as a business and not a community. She also said she’d be interested in the number of rental units compared to homes owned in Troy.