City council considers rezoning requests

The Seymour City Council gave tentative approval to two rezoning requests allowing for new subdivisions during a meeting Monday night.

One of the subdivisions is being developed by Joe Hauersperger on property owned by Kenneth and Linda Kendall. That property lies in the 1000 block of Quail Creek Drive near Sunset Lane, located south of the city.

Hauersperger recently received a favorable recommendation from the city plan commission to rezone the 15.18-acre site from single-family residential and heavy industrial to a manufactured home district.

The move will allow for a 64-lot subdivision of manufactured homes that each would have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The homes would be sold for around $130,000, Hauersperger said.

He said the idea to develop a subdivision came from his desire to create more affordable housing in Seymour. He said there isn’t a lot of that in the city right now.

“In Seymour, I found one three-bedroom, two-bathroom house under $130,000,” Hauersperger said. “There’s just nothing out there.”

The creation of the subdivision also was inspired in part by wanting to bring more people into the community that might work in Seymour but live out of town, he said.

Twenty-four deposits have already been received from prospective buyers of homes in the subdivision, Hauersperger said.

As for how much tax revenue the city would receive after development, Hauersperger said he projects the city receiving about $83,000 a year.

Hauersperger also pitched the idea for a park being developed in the subdivision.

When asked by Councilman Seth Davidson about who would maintain the park if developed, Hauersperger said a homeowners association would likely have to be created with a monthly fee from members going toward park maintenance.

If he had his way, Hauersperger said he would complete the park, then dedicate it to the city to maintain it. He said that idea, however, is not possible.

Currently, the property sits outside Seymour city limits in the 2-mile fringe.

If annexed into the city, Hauersperger said the homeowners in the subdivision would see positive benefits, such as having their trash picked up by the city and increased police protection.

In response to a public comment as to what the cons are in having the subdivision annexed into the city, Hauersperger said he does not know how Seymour citizens feel about annexation.

The second request came from Jason Miller, who is seeking a rezone of property in the 700 block of Marley Lane from suburban residential district (R-S) to urban residential (R-1) to allow for the construction of a new 52-lot subdivision on 15 acres.

Urban residential zoning is for property inside city limits, while suburban residential is for property outside city limits but in the 2-mile fringe. The city has control over zoning in the fringe.

Miller’s request considers property presently outside city limits but in the 2-mile fringe. That property also is in an area the city is considering annexing.

A petition to rezone the property, located north of Birch Street, came as a favorable recommendation from the city plan commission in a 10-0 vote.

Miller said the development is in the early stages of planning, and the stick-built homes being constructed would have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. They will be between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet.

The material that will be used for development has not been decided, he said.

Miller said he predicts either 50 or 51 homes will eventually be developed and sold with a price range of $179,000 to $189,000.

Both petitions will be up for final approval during the next city council meeting at 7 p.m. July 12 in the training room at the Seymour Police Department.