I am happy to announce that on May 1, 2018, the City Council approved a settlement agreement to resolve a lawsuit regarding the development of land located in the city’s commercial zone at approximately 4600 West on Cedar Hills Drive. This piece of land has been in a litigation status since 2015. The settlement will allow both parties to be fully released from all claims in connection with the development of the property. Under the terms of the settlement, the parties involved agree in concept to a proposal submitted by Cedar Hills Farmland, LLC to develop the property as a single-family planned unit development with up to 80 single family lots, 14,000 square feet of open space, and a 7,000 square foot commercial pad with associated parking.

As part of the agreement, the city will consider formal action approving a new zoning district to accommodate the development, a development agreement, and preliminary and final subdivision plats. These items will be on a future agenda for the Planning Commission and City Council. While the original intent of this land was to serve as a commercial district for providing residents with retail goods and services, we are pleased that the resolution consists of 80 individually-owned homes instead of the original proposal of a 291-unit senior residential facility with leased units.

I appreciate the feedback we received from residents throughout this process, and the help of our staff and legal team to finalize an agreement that satisfied all parties. We look forward to welcoming a new neighborhood into our community and adding some additional retail space to our commercial zone. For a more detailed history regarding this property, please visit my blog at jenneyrees.com. 

Mayor Jenney Rees