Chelsea approves rezoning for planned subdivision

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The Chelsea City Council tonight unanimously approved the rezoning of 140 acres along Highway 47 for a planned 16-lot gated subdivision.

The council approved the rezoning from A-R (Agricultural-Residential) to E-1 (Residential) requested by Del Clayton with Clayton 47 Investments LLC based in Helena for the White Oak Manor subdivision. The action covered the 140.3 acres on Highway 47 about a half-mile north of Highway 69.

Chelsea White Oak Subdivision

Representing Clayton at the meeting, Ben Watson with Hoover-based InSite Engineering told the council the subdivision’s average lot size will be about 8 acres with the smallest being 5 acres.

The neighborhood will have a gated entrance with a cul-de-sac located about 50 to 100 feet off the roadway to allow cars room to turn around without blocking the flow of traffic into the subdivision, Watson said.

Discussion at previous meetings — including at the Chelsea Planning Commission in May — raised questions and concerns about the proposed subdivision. Tonight’s meeting elicited a couple of questions from an audience member who inquired about a guarantee the subdivision would be 16 lots rather than 100.

“The next plan is they will develop their subdivision and come into the City Council” for approval, Mayor Earl Niven said.

If the subdivision plan calls for 100 lots, it would require another rezoning, Niven said.

When asked if there would be a single house on each lot, Niven replied, “That’s the way a subdivision is set up, yes.”

Some neighbors at the Planning Commission meeting had raised concerns about a previous failed proposal for the property that included possibly around 140 homes on the site several years ago.

At that meeting in May, board members said the new zoning would allow for smaller lot sizes than under the A-R designation, but preliminary plans for the subdivision call for 16 lots ranging in size between roughly 5 and almost 13 acres. Read more…

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