In other business, the commission tabled a request from developer George Neilan to receive final plan approval for Phase IV and a lot in Phase II of the Jamestown Subdivision in South Hills.
Neilan is facing two ongoing issues - one with the Charleston Sanitary Board and one with the planning commission.
With the sanitary board, Neilan failed to install sewers in compliance with a plan he submitted to the board. That dispute is currently in mediation with the West Virginia Public Service Commission, said Sanitary Board Operations Manager Tim Haapala.
On the commission's end, the board has granted Neilan extensions to complete work several times, though little is accomplished. In addition, properties in the subdivision have experienced significant erosion and homeowners have suffered damage to their homes in the past.
Jamestown Road resident Barbara Covelli told the commission yesterday she is worried for other homeowners who purchase property from Neilan. The deck of her home fell off when her backyard began to slip not long after she bought her home, she said.
"The problem is the land obviously was not prepared correctly, initially," she said.
Councilwoman Mary Jean Davis, who also sits on the planning commission, expressed concern about approving any more lots in the subdivision. She said it bothered her that some of the proposed lots would be labeled "critical," meaning it may not be favorable or safe for construction.
"I just don't want this commission to be blindsided again," she said.
One particular lot, No. 36, is a triangular shaped property that is part of Phase II. The usefulness of the lot is debatable, city officials said.
"I don't think it's a buildable lot," City Engineer Chris Knox said.
The commission will take up the issue again at a later meeting.
The only entrance to the subdivision is in the city, as are most of the subdivision's lots. The annexation will have to go through several more hearings before final approval.
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