When zoning changes were filed for a Madison County residential development, surrounding residents became concerned that there could be a safety issue. So, a hearing was set for June 7 at the Madison County board meeting. But according to John Nisbett, the legal counsel for Grey Castle Lake, the issue has been amicably resolved.
Residents of New Castle subdivision, Lake Castle subdivision, and Grey Stone subdivision were concerned that the new residential development, Mipitou, could more than double the traffic on two residential roads: Dover Lane and Normandy Circle. So, the residents filed an appeal to the rezoning, which was approved.
The Mipitou Corporation plans to develop 160 acres of land into an estimated 135 lots. The lots were initially zoned as R-3. It was when developer Peter DeBeukelaer filed an application for rezoning that citizens noticed a residential road was listed as an access point to the new development.
DeBeukelaer filed to change the zoning from R-3 to R-1A —single family, and R-3—special use.
Neighbors in the New Castle subdivision and others noticed that the plans listed Dover Lane as the only access point to the neighborhood. The fact that the development could more than double the traffic on two small roads, one of which has a section only 12 feet wide, concerned people. A letter of appeal was filed on behalf of the citizens to address the issue.
There was then an informal meeting where homeowners expressed their concerns and DeBeukelaer listened and considered them. He determined not to use the Dover Lane road for access point to the Mipitou residential development.
Though a hearing is set for June 7 with the Madison County Board of Supervisors, the issue has been resolved. Currently, the plan for the hearing is to show up and withdraw the appeal, because DeBeukelaer has guaranteed that no access point will ever exist at that location.