Aegean Estates prelim

A preliminary plat shows potential phases of Aegean Estates, a proposed 215-house subdivision near the southeast corner of McDermott and McMillan roads in Meridian.

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The city of Meridian has annexed 65 acres in the northwest part of the city, a step toward the development of 215 houses.

The proposed project, Aegean Estates by Premier Investments, LLC, is near the southeast corner of McDermott and McMillan roads. On Oct. 24, Meridian City Council approved the annexation, along with a preliminary plat for the neighborhood.

The property, formerly Ada County farmland, is labeled as Medium-Density Residential on Meridian’s Future Land Use Map, which calls for three to eight dwelling units per acre. Aegean Estates is zoned R-4 (four units per acre) and R-8 (up to eight unites per acre).

Aegean Estates will be built in five phases, depending on market conditions. A traffic impact study recommends that a right-turn lane be added at the subdivision entrance on North McDermott Road. Before the Ada County Highway District signs off on the 109th building lot, the applicant must submit an intersection analysis for Ustick and McDermott roads, according to the city’s staff report.

Proposed amenities for Aegean Estates are a playground, picnic shelter, gazebo and pathways.

The community is south of The Oaks neighborhood, which was approved in 2013, Meridian Planning Supervisor Bill Parsons said.

The applicant will need final plat approval from the city. City planning staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the annexation and preliminary plat, Parsons said.

City Council approved the application 5-0. Councilwoman Genesis Milam was absent.

SEWER LINE

The Aegean Estates developer will be required to build a large sewer line — 36 inches in diameter — because that’s part of the city’s Sewer Master Plan for this area.

Meridian Public Works doesn’t plan to install this sewer line until 2025, Engineering Manager Warren Stewart said. In the meantime, developers have to foot the bill.

Premier Investments, represented by Becky McKay of Engineering Solutions, LLP, is asking the city to share the cost to build the sewer line because it will service the whole area, not just the 215 houses in Aegean Estates.

Stewart said he understands that building such a large sewer line is a “significant expense,” but the city doesn’t have a mechanism to reimburse developers for this cost. Meridian doesn’t seem to need another incentive to attract development, he said, considering the growth it’s experiencing.

Councilman Ty Palmer said this conversation comes up about every six months, and he’d like to see it resolved.

“I see it as a disincentive the way it is,” he said.

Councilman Luke Cavener also said that resolving this issue should be a higher priority.

Stewart said this issue is on the “laundry list,” but higher priorities for the Public Works Department are upgrading the wastewater treatment plant and investing more than $8 million in south Meridian infrastructure.

“We have stepped forward in a huge way to invest ahead of growth in order to allow development in certain areas,” Stewart said. “It’s just about, how much can we do, and where can we do it ... It’s just a matter of timing.”

Cavener recommended that City Council revisit this topic at an upcoming workshop, which are at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

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