Harrison Planning Commission had a lengthy meeting March 14 and the most significant item on the agenda was tabled until the Commission's April 11 meeting. The preliminary plan for Gradison Development’s mixed-use residential project garnered a great deal of input from area residents. There were more than 100 attendees and many were residents of Harrison Township.
The proposed development calls for more than 250 residential units on both sides of Carolina Trace, north of New Haven Road. The development concept depicts a mixture of custom homes, traditional single-family homes, and owner-occupied townhomes west of Carolina Trace, and up to 133 villa-style homes east of Carolina Trace next to Circling Hills Golf Course.
Many of those who objected to the project expressed concerns with the villa portion of the project. They cited the size of lots, view of the backs of the villas, density, and style of the homes as their major concerns. After much discussion, the board voted to table the item. The applicant may consider the comments and determine if they wanted to make additional changes to the concept or move forward at all.
If the applicant chooses to return with changes, the April 11 meeting will likely be conducted at a larger venue to accommodate more people. That location will be announced to the public well in advance. Residents or other stakeholders are encouraged to subscribe for updates to the City Calendar.
In other actions by the Planning Commission on March 14:
- The Commission voted to deny a conditional use permit for a laundromat at 400 Harrison Avenue, a former auto repair shop. The board stated the project did not meet the intent of the Downtown Redevelopment District uses for a retail environment.
- The commission approved a used vehicle lot for 10264 Harrison Avenue with several conditions. The members stated that the use was in keeping with those on either side of the property.
- The Commission also approved a lot split and plat approval for an industrially zoned parcel on West Road across from the airport.
The Planning Commission shapes growth and development within the City by recommending zoning districts and appropriate regulations. More information including agendas and minutes is available on this page.