Ryan Dorgan / JH News & Guide
Before coronavirus upended our world, you may remember a proposal from the Gill family to develop nearly 500 market lots in Northern South Park (NSP) with only 8% deed-restricted as workforce housing. This large greenfield development project has morphed into “High School Road Housing,” with potentially 65% of the housing restricted to local workers, though that number hasn’t been demonstrated.
We too, want housing, but it’s not truly workforce housing unless it’s deed-restricted, and turning open space into subdivisions must go hand-in-hand with permanent conservation. And development should be guided by our Comprehensive Plan – which is currently being updated – not the other way around. Learn more about how this is tied into the Comprehensive Plan Update. This could be the biggest planning question our community will face in the next 20 years.
Gill Application May 2020 (their current application, which notably no longer includes the suburban-zoned property as part of the rezone)
The Gill’s original offer of two choices to the Board of County Commissioners
Stay tuned for our reaction to the proposal
Our take so far
- Don’t press pause on the Comprehensive Plan Update
- If now is the time to develop Northern South Park, fully fund a neighborhood plan first
In the news
- Gill housing proposal for South Park evolves – 5.6.20
- Joint planning issues add to northern South Park, comp plan update – 5.6.20
- Gill family proposes developing up to 488 homes on the Hereford Ranch – 1.29.20
- Housing at South Park, fairgrounds on table – 12.14.19 when the Town Council and Board of County Commission decided to begin planning, but not zoning, for NSP