Greenwood council to reexamine Walker Farms commitments Monday

Greenwood City Council members will consider a request to modify commitments placed on the Walker Farms housing development Monday.

The request is for modifying the commitments placed on Apollo Developers for their planned housing projects on about 113.5 acres of land on both the north and south sides of Main Street next to Greenwood Christian Academy High School and the Community Church of Greenwood. The city council placed the commitments on the developer during a city council meeting in February, and Indianapolis-based Apollo has asked the council for modifications.

The city council agenda does not state which commitments Apollo is asking to be changed.

The commitments passed by the council were as follows:

  1. No vehicular connection at Faith Street in Villa Heights, at Green Valley Drive and to Lea Lane in Green Valley Estates;
  2. Adding four-way stop at the intersection of Covered Bridge Road and Timber Trail; and
  3. Making a southern exit at Smith Valley Road to be right turn in and out only.

Apollo successfully requested to rezone the agricultural land, also known as the Walker Farms property, for single-family homes, paired villas and townhomes earlier this year. Nearby residents have been opposed to the project and packed into the advisory plan commission hearings on Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 being standing-room only.

During the Feb. 5 city council meeting, a few residents expressed concerns about street connections and traffic. Street connectivity was also a concern for city council member David Hopper, who later proposed the commitments to remove some street connections, adding stop signs at one intersection and restricting turns at another. These commitments passed.

Planning Director Gabe Nelson “strongly opposed” the conditions that would remove connectivity to other streets. It conflicts with the city’s long-established subdivision ordinance, which calls for street connectivity, and would require the developer to come back to the plan commission to get waivers for noncompliance with the ordinance, he said in February.

Because the commitments were made by the city council and were not recommended by the city’s plan commission, they will not go before the plan commission for action, Nelson said Friday.

Instead, the request to modify the commitments is going directly to the council for final action on Monday. The city council agenda does not specifically say which commitments are being changed.

The city council meeting will take place at 7 p.m. inside the council chambers at the Greenwood City Center, 300 S. Madison Avenue.