Glen Eagle residents say new housing will create dangerous traffic conditions

Development of the Glen Eagle golf course south of 44th Street and on both sides of 14th Avenue, started about 1980, has seen many changes in direction, and there’s more to come. Residents in the area, however, said they are not yet satisfied that the plan for building more condominiums is a good one.

Joe Byker, 2905 Wilson Ave., made request to Georgetown Township to rezone about 27 acres at 6087 14th Ave., north of Parsons Street and west of 8th Avenue, from high density residential to a planned unit development (PUD). Plans are to build about 117 living units, a combination of single family homes and condominiums. The resolution was presented at the June 7 Planning Commission meeting, then examined by the Township Board on June 12.

Township Clerk Richard VanderKlok said after the township passed a new PUD ordinance in 2002, developers were asked to present a plan for potential development of the whole Glen Eagle area before asking for specific rezonings within the property. That plan was received by the township in May.

Planning Commission Chairman Greg Honderd cited a conflict of interest and excused himself from discussion and vote on the new project, Fairway Estates, at the June 7 meeting.

Several residents from the area came to the Planning Commission to express concerns about traffic, especially that generated by an exit onto Parts Street; about storm water management, and about the potential closing of the golf course, which is central to the area and counts as green space in the plan.

Acting Planning Commission chairman Tim Smitt told residents that the Township had no authority to require the golf course to remain; but that if the PUD was approved, the Township would have the authority to require that the open space property remains as open space.

Don Nicewander lives on Glen Eagle Drive and represented the condominium association.He said the open space is required to be usable, and it is not open space if the residents can’t use it. The…

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