New hearings for development in Town of Lisbon
Developer responds to neighbors

By Kelly Smith - Special to The Freeman

Oct. 6, 2017

TOWN OF LISBON Town officials have decided to begin a new review of the Barnwood Conservancy, the 52-home residential development proposed on 75 acres of farm land near the corner of Lake Five and Silver Spring Roads.

Miller Marriott Construction submitted revised plans for the development on Sept. 21, according to Town Clerk Gina Gresch.

The revised plans are significantly different than the proposal submitted to the Plan Commission in July and new public hearings and commission deliberations are required, according to Town Chairman Joe Osterman.

Osterman said the public hearing and a joint meeting of the Town Board and Plan Commission may be scheduled in late October or early November.

Developers have been cooperating in revising the plans to respond to comments from plan commissioners and neighbors who have objected to the proposal, according to Osterman.

The Town Board approved a zoning change for the development on Sept. 25 The plan submitted in July called for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) with residential lots averaging about 30,000 square feet, according to town officials.

Lot sizes of 20,000 square feet to about 1.5 acres are permitted in some PUDs, according to Town Engineer John Stigler.

However, lots in three subdivisions surrounding the proposed development are approximately one acre, according to Stigler.

About a dozen residents from the surrounding subdivisions, including former Town Chairman Mike Reed, objected to the development plans at a Sept. 14 public hearing.

They argued the commission should require house and lot sizes in the development that are comparable to the surrounding subdivisions.

They voiced concerns the development could negatively impact underground aquifers the neighbors rely on for water and would generate additional traffic that would pose a hazard to the surrounding subdivisions.

Chris Miller of Miller Marriott Construction said the development will feature high quality constructed homes arranged in clusters around large amounts of open space.

He said the smaller homes on smaller lots have market appeal to millennials and baby boomers who are buying homes that are easy to maintain.

He estimated the market value of the homes would be between $400,000 and $500,000.

Some plan commissioners have indicated they might support the development plans but they are concerned about the number of smaller lots that are located adjacent to existing homes in the Thousand Oaks subdivision.

The revised plans include one acre lots adjacent to the Thousand Oaks subdivision on the north and east boundaries of the proposed development with smaller lots located in the interior of the development, according to town officials.