Planner to recommend Sentinel Ridge approval

       James Mayerl, the lead city planner for Westside developments, said this week he will recommend in favor of the Sentinel Ridge development plan when it goes before the City Planning Commission Sept. 18.
       The Sunrise Company's gated single-family-home project would consist of 88 lots on 28 currently acres on rolling land southeast of Fillmore Street and Mesa Road. A city postcard last week notifying nearby residents of the Planning Commission date incorrectly stated “83” lots, Mayerl said.
       Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting at the Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m.
       Mayerl had previously said he would “probably” recommend the project to the Planning Commission. Any new reasons were not available at press deadline, but in August he listed several favorable points, including agreement with the developer on removal of the hillside overlay zone (“The site does not have [those] characteristics. The trees that are out there are almost all elms (except in the drainageways”). He also agreed on removal of the upper drainage's streamside overlay zone (“[It] does not have SS characteristics... Some of the vegetation out there is invasive, some poisonous”).
       The density, while higher than most of the area along nearby Mesa Road, is lower than what the existing master plan for that area would allow, Mayerl also has noted.
       Public impacts would include sidewalks along Fillmore Street and Mesa Road, access to Sentinel Ridge just north of Holmes Middle School and a privacy wall on the south side of Fillmore.

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