Pike Road approves development bringing in hundreds of new homes

Updated: Nov. 13, 2017 at 10:57 PM CST
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PIKE ROAD, AL (WSFA) - The Pike Road Planning Commission approved a development proposal that would bring hundreds of new homes to the area.

The developer of Meriwether Preserve reported two errors in a traffic study submitted to the planning committee for their review during the summer. The study measures certain things like traffic capacities, amounts and frequencies around certain developments and streets.

Developers decided to pull out and revise study, before reapplying. Monday, a public hearing was held.

"The developers took it upon themselves with the traffic study to actually add some lanes that were not required. Simply because we asked them to consider it, they are actually going to do it. They have committed to doing them in the first phase," said Chris Dunn, Pike Road Planning Commission Chairman.

The proposed plan is for a five-phase housing development off of Wallahatchie Road. The first phase would feature 179 lots. Dunn believes this is another step toward this community continuing to grow.

"I think the main background of contention is people are concerned with the number of homes being built in that development. We are now a larger town. Services are being stretched because of the people coming in at the volume they are coming in, but that is part of growing up," said Dunn.

During Monday's public hearing there was some disagreement about a meeting attended by two commission members and developers team to answer questions about the traffic study. Dunn said no rules were broken.

"Counsel sent out a note that there should not be more than two at a time. Two commission members said they would go and no one else did. It was not illegal," Dunn said.

Right now it is not known when construction on the first phase of the project will begin.

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