Black Rock Terrace Estates Subdivision would contain 18 homes on 13 acres along the 1700 block of Skyline Drive, according to application materials submitted by developers Steve and Tanya Tramp.
The development would be built on two adjacent parcels: an 11.9-acre parcel in the city, and a 1.25-acre parcel in the county, outside the city’s urban growth area. An application has been made with the city and county to bring the smaller parcel into the urban growth area.
Phase one of the project — infrastructure and road construction — would begin this spring and summer, if the development is approved by the city’s hearing examiner. Home construction would begin as the market allows, the application states.
A public hearing before the city’s hearing examiner is scheduled for May 23.
The application states that the site has “significant risks for wildfire.” In 2013, fire scorched about 180 acres in the foothills above Skyline Drive.
All but one of the proposed homes would lie in the “primary zone;” defined as property and structures immediately adjacent to undeveloped land with natural vegetation without fuel breaks. As such, they’ll need to comply with the city’s wildland-urban interface standards.
The standards require the homes be built under strict fire-resistant measures.
The developers would also implement a 30-foot-wide defensible space around the perimeter of the development where trees and shrubs would be replaced with dryland grasses, according to the application.
Much of the site is on a 25 percent slope and erosion is unlikely, according to the application. Erosion control measures would be used during construction.
The city has reviewed the project for probable adverse environmental impacts and expects to issue a determination of nonsignificance.
Subdivisions are a permitted use, which essentially means that they’re allowed to be built so long as they meet the city’s code requirements, according to Community Development Director Glen DeVries.
“The hearing examiner is basing his decision on the code, consistency with code, consistency with (comprehensive) plan,” DeVries said.
“What staff does is we make a recommendation based on that and then the hearing examiner renders a decision on whether it’s consistent with the comp plan and code,” DeVries said.
“Our job is to review any application to determine if it’s consistent with the code,” DeVries said. “The City Council adopts our plans and then it’s our responsibility to evaluate an application to see if it’s consistent.”
Comments are due Thursday but will be accepted up to the date of the hearing, May 23, DeVries said. He added that the hearing could be pushed back if city staff feels it needs more information.
The public can attend and comment on the proposed development. The hearing examiner then has 10 working days to approve or reject the application.
Application materials can be reviewed at the Public Works facility, 1350 McKittrick St.
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