Public hearing on Winters Highland subdivision to go before Planning Commission

Heavy equipment on site at the Winters Highland subdivision was removed on July 19. Photo by Rick von Geldern/Winters Express

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The Winters Planning Commission will convene on July 27 to consider an application by Meritage Homes for site plan and design review for 148 lots.

The application pertains to Phases Three, Four and Five of the northwestern subdivision of the Winters Highland/Stones Throw subdivision. The development area is bordered by Taylor Street to the east, Niemann Street to the north, Valley Oak Drive to the west and Vasey Street to the south.

Homes by Towne sold the final three phases of the subdivision to national homebuilder Meritage Homes, Inc., in a sale that closed in February.

City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa advised that the city has been negotiating a development agreement for the subdivision with Homes by Towne to include entitlements and obligations that will transfer to Meritage.

Earlier this month, Teichert Construction created a staging area and brought in heavy equipment, including large grading/scraping tractors and water holding tanks and began grading the development. However, it appears they started prematurely.

Upon learning of the start, Trepa said in a July 14 email, “…without an Assignment and Assumption Agreement approved by the City Council, related to that development agreement, Meritage is not authorized to proceed with construction. They will be removing their equipment.”

On Monday, July 19 Teichert took down the water holding tank, disconnected it from the fire hydrant on Taylor Street and a semi-truck began loading and removing the heavy equipment.

The upcoming Planning Commission meeting is to be made available via Zoom and in-person at City Hall on Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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