Local excavator Ricky Howell and others expressed their concerns about the new subdivision, and provided a petition with roughly 50 signatures to Planning Commission Chairman Bob Brame, who said he will forward those signatures to Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries.
“It looks terrible, it just looks terrible, it looks like squatters live there,” Stacey Howell, wife of Ricky Howell, said of the land that Melton Estates is proposed to occupy.
Stacy Howell said her husband’s family has owned land in that area for more than 100 years, and also said that they are not happy with the way the land in question currently looks, and they hope the area continues to improve.
“I know we can’t stop it, but we want some regulations and standards for how the land is occupied,” Howell said. “We want decent people coming in, not white trash.”
Brame said the subdivision would be located at the intersection of Old Dover Road and Ky. 139.
“We met with them, our technical review committees met with them,” Brame said. “We expected them to have all the information back to us the other night (Tuesday), but they didn’t, so it’ll be January before they come.”
Lucas Chestnut, vice chairman of the planning commission, said the residents were concerned that the developer of the subdivision, Dixieland Company of Ashland City, Tenn., had previously developed a subdivision that turned into a junkyard of old trailers, and they didn’t want that happening again.
Both Brame and Chestnut said that there are no land use ordinances in the county, although there are such ordinances in the city.
The residents’ concerns centered around the type of subdivision it would be, as Brame said it could be “some type of modular home type arrangement,” although he couldn’t say exactly what it would be. He added that the residents are also concerned about how that might lower the property values of adjacent property.
“What they’re wanting is good development in our county,” Brame said.
However, the planning commission can only do what the subdivision regulations allow them to do, and if Melton Estates meets all of the criteria, then the subdivision can go in, and although there are no land use ordinances, there are subdivision regulations, said Brame, who added that those regulations “only go so far.”
“I’ve had one magistrate come to me, I’ve had two different people that live down there come to me, and they were concerned about the type of development that might be going in,” Brame said. “I told them they were welcome to come.”
Sam Melton of Dixieland said the company is selling 18 frontage lots, and that people who buy said lots will be able to place “whatever they are zoned for,” which could include mobile homes, although he added there will be a stipulation that forbids buyers from putting “junk” on the lots.
However, Chestnut said that personally, he would like to see some kind of county-wide land use ordinance, and one of his primary reasons for that is he says it would help protect property values.
In other business, the planning commission tabled discussion and approval of bids for its proposed web site until the group’s next meeting in January so that a specification sheet for what needs to be included in the bid can be done by a sub-committee of Chestnut and Sharon Butts of the Cadiz-Trigg County Economic Development Commission.
Two additional bids, one from WK Technology for $1,100 and one from Danny Dickerson for $900, were presented to the commission.
The next planning commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Cadiz City Hall.