A second major proposed subdivision preliminary plat
within a month was presented to the Platte County Commission
Aaron Schmidt, director of planning and zoning, presented
an in-depth request by The Orchards, L.L.C. to rezone
392 acres from R-7 (single-family high density) and AG
(agricultural) to R-7 (single-family high density) and
CN (neighborhood commercial).
The proposed subdivision, located along the west side
of Highway N, north of Cable Bridge Road, includes a mixed-use
development that would include 739 lots for single-family
dwelling averaging 1/4 acre in size, 46 townhomes which
contain four dwelling units each and 8.18 acres of neighborhood
commercial and office uses.
"One of the benefits of a mixed-use development
is the ability to provide a variety of housing types as
well as some neighborhood commercial in close proximity
residential areas," stated the preliminary plat request
presented to the commission. "Mixed-use developments
are similar to older neighborhoods which have corner grocery
stores at the end of the block."
In accordance with the Platte County Subdivision Regulation
requirements, the proposed subdivision is required to
contain at least 26 acres of park/recreation areas. The
preliminary plat presented to the commissioners indicated
the construction of a community pool, private trails,
playground area, lake and a future amenity. In addition,
the applicant agreed to reserve a 20' wide strip of ground
and construct a trail running north and south along Hwy.
N as part of the Platte County Northland Trails Plan.
The public trail, which will be 8' wide and composed of
4" of asphalt, will be fully funded by the applicant.
As a part of regulations, a proposed subdivision is required
1/2-street improvements along existing adjacent roads
when major subdivisions are proposed.
The developer has stated it will dedicated an additional
right-of-way, install acceleration/deceleration lanes
and install left hand turn lanes on all accesses on Highway
N. Along with those street improvements, the developer
and the public works department are working on an agreement
which will result in a full street improvement to Cable
Bridge Road consisting of a 24' asphalt street with 2'
curbs on the north side of the street.
The proposed development will consist of three accesses
on Highway N, which have all been inspected by the Missouri
Department of Transportation and meet site distance standards.
The development also will contain two accesses on Cable
Bridge Road. The main entrance, along with the northern
most access on Highway N will be constructed as a 32'
wide asphalt road. Arbor Way, which connects the two main
entrances, will be connected by a residential collector
The collector street will also extend south to "The
Carousel" and north and stub-out at the plat boundary.
The remaining local streets will be constructed as 24'
wide streets with 2' curbs. The development will also
contain both looping streets and cal-de-sac's.
Schmidt stated that the planning and zoning staff requested
a traffic study to be completed in order to study the
proposed development's impact on Cable Bridge Road and
Highway N, Highway N and 136th Street, and Highway N and
Highway D. The study will also address the development's
impact on Highway N.
Planning and zoning has also requested a stormwater study
be conducted before giving final approval of the subdivision.
The proposed preliminary plat would receive sewage treatment
from the Timber Creek Sewer Company, water service will
be provided by the Public Works District Number 4 and
the Platte County R-3 School District and Central Platte
Fire Protection District have given their approval of
the subdivision. Schmidt also stated that the City of
Platte City was presented with the preliminary plat and
offered no objection.
The proposal stated, "the layout and design of the
proposed lots appears to relate well to existing and future
uses in the area. The existing and proposed infrastructure
improvements in the area will likely allow future development
on the surrounding properties similar to what is being
proposed by the applicant."
The Hills of Oakmont, a 304-lot single family residential
subdivision, was the first of the two proposed subdivisions
approved by the commission in a month. The subdivision
will be located along the east side of Running Horse Road,
a half mile south of NW 136th Street.
The commission approved the preliminary plat and rezoning
requests set forth by the proposed developer at Thursday's
commission meeting. The final plat will come back before
the commissioners upon the completion of plans for the
392 acre development.