by TaLeiza Calloway
Members of the St. Joseph City Council and the St. Joseph Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29 to decide the future of a proposed residential development. The meeting will be at the St. Joseph Township Hall, 935 College Ave. S.
The property lies south of 320th Street in the orderly annexation area of St. Joseph Township. The request from Cory Ehlert, on behalf of Roma L. Notch Revocable Trust, is to rezone the property from urban expansion to R-5, residential.
St. Joseph City Administrator Judy Weyrens said the Joint Planning Board, a body made up of members of the city council and township officials, met Aug. 13 about the proposed development. Officials reviewed a concept plan and the rezoning request. Weyrens explained to council members Aug. 16 the decisions of the board are final, but it does not have zoning authority.
The request for concept-plan approval and rezoning is to allow the platting process to continue for the development of 12 single-family homes on 62.5 acres. The proposed lot sizes for the homes range between 4 and 8.14 acres with one homestead per parcel. The acres have been used as pasture land with a small portion of land used for agriculture, according to city documents.
Because the JPB does not have zoning authority, two votes will be taken at the Aug. 29 meeting. One vote will be made by council members and the other by township officials regarding the rezoning request. If votes are split, an attorney will be present to determine the next course of action.