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Site plan conditionally approved for Meadowstone housing project

Savanah Kaechele

Contributing Writer

Rezoning and final site plan review of the Meadowstone Manufactured Home Community was one of three public hearings conducted at the Hastings Planning Commission meeting Monday. Meadowstone is on Lavender Drive near Star Elementary School.

Robert Lamer, of Exxel Engineering in Grand Rapids, attended the meeting to answer questions about the final site plan.

“I designed this project long, long ago in 1999 or so, when the original planned unit development and mobile home park was put together.” Lamer said. “This was actually something that was looked at, probably 15 years ago, as a possibility of how to use this land.”

After reviewing the site plan, city consultant Rebecca Harvey made a suggestion to the planning commission.

“I only suggest your conversation about two of those that are in your PUD ordinance, and that is the insulation of pedestrian ways from vehicular streets,” she said, “and then the preservation of the natural features to provide buffering in character with the areas.”

Mayor David Tossava commented on the preservation of the natural features.

“They are talking about leaving as much vegetation there as possible, but I have a little bit of concern,” Tossava said. “There’s a lot of scrubby stuff out there, and I’d like to see that taken out and maybe put some better-looking trees in there.”

“We’ll work with you to do what we need to do there,” Lamer replied.

Commissioner Chelsey Foster added to the mayor’s comment on buffering.

“I guess I would pause and think of some kind of tree barrier. at least,” Foster said. “And my thought. at least for the residents there, with being right next to an auto repair shop, they have air tools running all day. I think a little bit of a noise buffer might be a good idea in your developments interest. too.”

Resident Wayne Nicholson asked about a buffer during public comment.

“Are they going to build a fence or anything to keep a barrier there?” he asked. “Because we already have traffic going through there from the kids and stuff from the trailer park.”

“The intent was probably not to, to try and keep it natural,” Lamer said.

“I don’t want people intruding and coming back into my property and stealing stuff which they already do from the trailer park,” Nicholson said.

Chairman Dave Hatfield suggested the two have a discussion regarding the issue.

“I think if you can have a discussion about sharing the cost of doing some fencing, that would address their security concerns,” he said.

The final site plan, with the condition to look at some of the issues brought up, was approved. The rezoning of a parcel in the mobile home park form D-2 to PUD also was approved, with Foster abstaining due to a business relationship with a neighboring property owner.

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