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Central Point council supports 12 homes

CENTRAL POINT ' Despite concerns by residents of increased traffic and decreased water supply, City Council members Thursday voted unanimously to make only minor revisions to plans adding 12 homes to a rural neighborhood.

Residents of the 40-year-old subdivision called Parkview filed an appeal in June to prevent developer Bret Moore from adding the dozen homes within their rural neighborhood off of Taylor Road.

Council President Bill Stults said Moore's plans were according to the city's master plan and that growth, while inevitable, was being planned as responsibly as possible.

As development appears in the UGB (urban growth boundary), folks start bumping up against each other, he said. Codes are designed to balance all the pressures that can come along with growth. I think the city staff and developer have made an honest effort to address every one of the issues brought up.

Original plans called for 12 new lots within the C-shaped neighborhood, made up of Sunland, Tulane and Carlton avenues ' six along an open stretch on Tulane and a six-lot cluster at the opposite end of Tulane with an access driveway through Parkview next to the home of Willie and Andy DeKorte.

Residents voiced concerns about the city subdivision accessing through a county neighborhood and causing traffic problems. They also said the subdivision would affect the water supply for their wells, block views of the Table Rocks and damage the DeKortes' 40-year-old willow tree.

While no changes were made to the six homes that will face Tulane, only five lots of the cluster will now access Parkview. The proposed driveway next to the DeKortes will be positioned five feet farther from the willow tree than originally planned.

We're very upset, said Willie DeKorte. They didn't change anything except moving the road over five feet and having one of the six houses go out a different way. We felt the council was really responsive to people at the last meeting, so we were obviously shocked.

After the meeting, Moore attempted to answer concerns and assure homeowners of the quality of homes being built on the 3.3 acres.

These are going to be very nice homes, he said. ... Zoning allows for 12 homes per acre. The density will only be a third of what's allowed.

Buffy Pollock is a free-lance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at dob522@mindspring.com.