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Developer has plans for 500 new homes

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By Robin Bass

Spencer County Planning and Zoning decided Thursday night they would not move forward with plans to rezone more than 400 acres located just west of Spencer County Elementary. Instead, members urged the developer of a subdivision with 500 projected homes to first seek the approval of Taylorsville city officials.

Charlotte Hemann, president of Holloway Estates, LLC, said she began working on this development project four years ago but only recently purchased the property in February 2008. Along with Craig Ford, of Ford Properties, and two silent partners, Hemann plans to develop up to 120 lots in the first of five phases. She envisions all five phases taking 10 years to complete.

“We’re not building mega mansions,” said Hemann. “We’re building starter homes. They don’t sit. There’s still a need for those homes.”

Hemann said the starting price for the starter-homes would be around $150,000. There are also plans to create four parks on the property and a chapel.

“We’re going to be very family-friendly,” said Hemann.

Hemann had hoped that having the land rezoned from AG-1 agricultural to R-1 residential would speed up the development process. But planning and zoning members said that Spencer County Fiscal Court would only reject the project as presented because it would not meet the one acre per household septic tank standards.

Ideally, Hemann said she would prefer to utilize Taylorsville city water and sewer services, but “we do have designs for sewer plants if need be.”

“They will have to build sewers or go to one-acre lots” if the city does not annex the development, said Attorney Dudley Dale. His suggestion was for Hemann to obtain a “memorandum of understanding” from the city stating that they would annex Holloway Estates and then return to planning and zoning for the zoning change.

Mayor Don Pay said that if a representative from Holloway Estates comes to the next city commission meeting, it will be the second time someone has presented plans for the development.

“It all comes down to a review of the plans,” said Pay. “I don’t know how solvent this project is. We’re certainly open to it, but we just don’t know enough at this point.”

Several years ago, Hemann was a partner in the Pristine Hills development which had plans for 28 subdivided lots near Mt. Eden. Hemann said she decided to sell her interest in that project after she was diagnosed with cancer.