Pulte Homes is champing at the proverbial bit to begin Section 8 of Sunbury Meadows east of State Route 3 in Sunbury.
The west side of Sunbury Meadows is almost complete, and Pulte Homes received a nod of approval for Section 8 from members of the Sunbury Planning & Zoning Commission at its July 27 meeting, contingent on approval of final construction drawings.
As new construction, individual Sunbury Meadows sections require Village Council’s approval. Pulte Homes’ Matt Callahan attended last week’s council meeting for a first reading of an ordinance that would approve the 42-home Section 8.
The ordinance typically would require three readings and, if approved, a statutory 30-day waiting period to become effective. The ordinance contained emergency language that would eliminate the 30-day wait, and if council members suspended the rules, the ordinance could have been approved at the first reading and become effective immediately.
The problem was the absence of council members Jennifer Ward and Tom Zalewski, leaving four voting members at the dais – a quorum for a simple vote, but not the five votes needed to suspend the rules.
The ordinance was scheduled for a second reading yesterday. Pulte Homes will start developing Section 8 of the development’s 13 sections if five council members were present to suspend the rules.
During last week’s planning & zoning commission meeting, Callahan also introduced possible changes to the east side of Sunbury Meadows, including additional green space, and 9.5 acres along SR 3 that is tentatively called a community facility.
“We would like to give the village a window of time to pursue a community facility,” Callahan said. “If opportunity for something like that is possible, we would like to partner with the village. If the window doesn’t work out, maybe assisted living could go on that acreage, but we would give the village a first right of refusal.”
Callahan also said the east side of Sunbury Meadows might contain wider lots and homes with a higher price point, and a small cluster of patio homes for empty nesters.
Village Solicitor David Brehm said Pulte Homes is bringing a different level of sophistication — in his words, a “nicer product” — to Sunbury.
“I like the standalone-type condo in its own segregated community, smaller units built for empty nesters,” Brehm said. “They would provide walk-ability to the post office, Community Library and old Sunbury. Pulte has 13 options in this type of unit, and everything is first class. This is something new for our community.”
Callahan said buyers of patio homes are not looking for more square feet; that the trade-off is a home detailed the way the buyer wants it.
“This product works extremely well,” Callahan said.
Callahan also noted that a revised development plan Pulte Homes is bringing to the Aug. 24 zoning commission meeting would show a trail system looping throughout the community.
“What we want to do is create a feel of more community amenities,” Callahan said.
Sunbury’s consulting engineer Wes Hall, of CT Consultants, said 100 units on the east side of SR 3 triggers the building of a connection to Granville Street that would lead to the stub where Burrer Drive dead ends into Granville.
“Vince Romanelli has shared costs on developing that road,” Hall said. “We need to look at that as part of the Sunbury Meadows development on the east side of Route 3.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093