Residents angered about proposed Golden Valley subdivision

Golden Valley residents voiced frustration and concern July 10 to the city’s planning commission regarding GreenWood Design Build’s proposal to subdivide 210 Cutacross Rd.
The planning commission unanimously approved the project and the city council was scheduled to discuss the project Aug. 2, after the deadline for this edition.
“We have not felt that GreenWood has been caring enough, really about the neighborhood,” said Kathy Watkins, who resides on Paisley Lane near another GreenWood project. “They’re just trying to do things as cheaply as possible.”
According to Watkins and her neighbor, Jon Segner, who also lives on Paisley Lane, the developer’s existing project has caused drainage issues.
“The drainage has changed permanently,” Segner said. “I’ve got water in my basement we never had before. We’re putting drain tiles all the way around the house. That’s a disappointment I guess with you folks.”
“It doesn’t seem like Golden Valley is doing much for its existing residents,” he continued. “It’s like that marketing where you value your new customers and treat your old ones not very well. I feel that’s what’s going on in Golden Valley particularly with GreenWood.”
Commission Chair Rich Baker addressed the seemingly reoccurring issues.
The residents also expressed concern about the professionalism of the tree removal company that completed tree work for GreenWood’s Paisley Lane project. According to the residents, the work was not safe.
Golden Valley Planning Manager Jason Zimmerman addressed their concerns.
“Definitely the grades were changing,” he said. “No one denies that the grades were going to change as this project took place. The question is how they’re managing the water.
According to Zimmerman, the city’s water resource technician reviews the developer’s grading plans with two things in mind; the plans should not increase the amount of water going to neighbors’ properties and they should try to manage the rate of flowing water to prevent further erosion issues.
Currently, the technician reviews the water management after the project is complete.
Zimmerman said it is possible to have the technician conduct checks throughout a project to watch for problem areas.
Baker provided a warning to GreenWood.
“I think the take home here, Mr. [Scott] Loehrer [of GreenWood Design Build], is that you are on notice,” he said. “You’ve made some real enemies here and we don’t want to see that happen again.”
Baker also voiced discontent with the city.
“Something is not working as well as it could be here and I’m really tired of hearing about these complaints,” he said. “I’m not pointing the finger at anyone in particular, I just feel like we are failing to serve our citizens as well as we can.”
The property is 31,330 square feet. Golden Valley’s minimum lot size requirement is 10,000 square feet unless the average lot size of properties within 250 feet of the project site is greater than 18,000 square feet. In this case, the average lot size is more than 29,000 square feet, so Golden Valley’s minimum lot size requirement increases to 15,000 square feet.
The first lot of the project is proposed at approximately 15,000 square feet, 122 feet wide and the second lot is proposed at approximately 16,300 square feet and 103 feet wide.
“When you factor in setbacks on all sides you get a generous building envelope on both lots,” Zimmerman said.
The developer will demolish the existing home and construct two custom single family homes.