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Hills of Seven Bridges
development okayed


by Debbie Coleman-Topi
Landmark reporter

Platte County Planning and Zoning Commission granted unanimous approval to a preliminary plan Tuesday night for a subdivision to be located on about 30 acres just south of Platte City in unincorporated Platte County.

The site, to be known as The Hills of Seven Bridges, will include 66 lots and is about a half mile south of the roundabout on 136th Street on the east side of Hwy. N.

The proposal was met with some questions, as about 10 area residents attended the county hearing and several publicly expressed their concerns to commissioners prior to the vote.

John Dubreuil, who lives in Seven Bridges Subdivision, just across Hwy. N, said he's frustrated that David Barth of Central Platte Holdings, who developed Seven Bridges subdivision and is proposing this new one, is planning a new project while sidewalks are left unfinished and trees not replaced and that common areas, including a tennis court, are “falling apart.”

He asked, “Are they (developers) going to live up to what they say they are going to do?”

However, Daniel Erickson, county planning and zoning director, said, “There are mechanisms in place to make sure it's built as shown.”

When Dubreuil expressed concern that the developer is starting a new project while the existing Seven Bridges isn't yet complete, assistant planning and zoning director Jason Halterman said that is a routine practice. “It's not unusual for developers to have multiple projects,” he said.

Kelly Rich, who also lives at Seven Bridges, said she's concerned about the extra traffic that comes with more residents. She was especially worried about Hwy. D, which intersects Hwy. N and is heavily traveled because it accesses Interstate 435. She told commissioners that the road is too narrow, deteriorating and has deep drop-offs instead of adequate shoulders.

Halterman said that a traffic study is not required for the newly proposed subdivision due to its size, but was completed before work began on nearby Seven Bridges.

Barth told commissioners that he was instrumental in changing Hwy. N’s jurisdiction from Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to the Platte City Special Road District, which will not have as many delays as MoDOT, which has many roadways to manage.

Halterman said that Barth is required to complete more than 900 feet of an existing, paved walking trail that is part of a large county park system known as Prairie Creek Greenway.

After the meeting, Erickson said Barth “is doing his part” to extend the trail from existing developments to the one proposed.

During a telephone interview prior to the meeting, Halterman said the proposed subdivision will fit in nicely with recent residential developments in the area, including Seven Bridges and Copper Ridge.

“That area is planned for single family development, and that's exactly what this is,” he said. “This is not out of character for that area at all.”

Before the meeting, Barth explained that the new development will be an extension of the existing Seven Bridges, which was constructed in the area several years ago, but emphasized that this is only the beginning.

“We have a lot bigger master plan,” he said. “This is just one part of the puzzle.”

Barth said the area's homes will be similar to those in Seven Bridges, with prices ranging from $300,000 to $500,000.

The homes will have several architectural designs, with many being two stories, but also will include one-story ranch styles and others, such as one- to two-bedrooms on the main level with a walk-out on the bottom story. But specifics about how many homes have which designs are hard to predict.

“It's kind of buyer-driven,” Barth said.

However, he did offer his vision of the overall look of the subdivision.

“It's going to be a really pretty place that sits up high,” he said, adding that a historic home already is constructed in the area will add nicely to the aesthetics. Because of the area's perch on a hill, he said it will offer “panoramic views” of the Platte County landscape.

Barth said while it's hard to predict an exact date, he hopes to have the subdivision completed within the next two to three years.

“It depends on the market,” he said.