New homes to be built near Colby Lake
One more high-end housing development is coming to Woodbury, but this time the homes won't be built in empty, undeveloped farmland.
Local real estate developer Tim Thone and Redstone Builders have submitted an application for nine single family lots on 4.4 acres in the central part of the city, joining an existing subdivision created in the late 1980s.
Woodbury Planning Commission approved the plans Sept. 4, where a public discussion regarding name confusion, homeowners' associations and common space upkeep took place.
The 80-foot lots will be part of the new development to be called Highland Hills, which is tucked in the back of an already existing subdivision called Highland Heights, directly south of Valley Creek Road and west of Colby Lake Park.
That's not to confuse them with a new development in the southern part of town called Highland Knoll.
Highland Heights homeowners association (HOA) members voiced concerns about the upkeep of common entryways into the neighborhood that new homeowners won't have to pitch in for if they're not regulated by association dues.
But Thone said little things in numerous pages of the bylaws of the HOA would restrict residents who will already abide by existing city ordinances.
"The 152 pages just doesn't work for us," he said. "We just don't want to have handcuffs on anything if we don't have to."
Thone said he's willing to come to a middle ground with the association, though, and reach an agreement before the project moves forward.
The city of Woodbury doesn't regulate HOAs and how they operate; they are privately funded and come up with their own rules and regulations.
However, City Planner Eric Searles said he will facilitate additional discussions with Highland Heights and Highland Hills to make sure both parties are satisfied.
Redstone Builders plan to construct two-story, four-bedroom homes in Highland Hills similar to Stonemill Farms and Dancing Waters.
The project will go before the Woodbury City Council at a public hearing tonight at the council chambers.