A request for a new 60 unit town home development and a request for a proposed used-car dealership to be rezoned were both tabled at Monday night's Oakwood City Council meeting.
The subdivision rezoning application was made by Shadow Stone Partners LLC for 5.61 acres at 4515 Allen Street. The request was tabled due to the site plan, with councilman Dwight Wood raising concerns over a historic tree on the property.
"We also ask that if the big tree on that property, which is the largest oak tree and probably as old as this city... I grew up there. I remember when I was eight years old it was as big then as it is now so I can just about guarantee you it's over 100 years old. My first request is to save the tree but my second request is that the wood be used out of that tree, to be milled, and we ask the developer to actually have that done for us," said Wood. "
The Allen Street entrance was a concern considering traffic in that area, as was the one car garages for the town homes.
Later on in old business, the council voted unanimously to approve the final reading of the Rosewood town home development.
Beaudry Family LLC asked to rezone a portion of McEver Road from Neighborhood Business to Highway Business, a request which was ultimately tabled. Council wanted to see a second driveway at the property, among other things. The proposed family-owned used car dealership and certification center for used car sales failed to receive a second, and a short time later council backtracked to the topic. Councilwoman Pat Jones motioned to deny the application. However, the motion died as it also did not second.
Councilman Wood said they should investigate further before potentially jeopardizing the Beaudry Family LLC business and successfully tabled the motion.
The council wants to see clarification on parking at the business, a plan for the chain link fence on the property and a possible additional driveway.
Matt Beaudry said he really hopes they can reach an agreement. "I'd love to be in Oakwood but I'm concerned, because putting in a driveway is about $25,000. We're a small business, I'm already stretching to buy the property which is $440,000 so it's a lot of money that I'm investing plus what I have to do to get it up to the standard I want it to be up to and offer everybody a good bargain in the city of Oakwood," Beaudry said to AccessWDUN after the meeting. "We're going to certainly try [to come to agreements.] I'm going to speak to the owner of the property and see what he can come up with also, and we can go from there. But it's me purchasing the property so I'm not sure how much back and forth there will be."
Beaudry said he is also not sure that the council is correct in thinking an easement on the property allows parking and believes it is access only. "What I'm proposing is all of my cars on the my property and nobody else's."