City asks Maxfield Training Center developer for traffic study

A developer proposing 115 apartments on the former Maxfield Training Center property has been asked to conduct a traffic study, following last week’s Planning Commission public hearing.

Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen told council members Monday that city representatives have met twice with AC Acquisitions representatives. He said their goal has been to “keep moving forward” with the Planned Unit Development (PUD) application, which has been in process since 2016.

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Planning commissioners tabled action on the proposal, which was roundly criticized by residents who attended a July 9 public hearing. They probably won’t see the plan again until September.

“It’s very likely we won’t be able to make (the August 13) meeting with the extent of the changes discussed today,” Christiansen said.

Council member Bill Galvin noted that several residents who spoke at the hearing had issues with the proposal documents, such as a missing “parallel plan” that would show what could be built without the PUD process.

“Is the applicant and is the city following the PUD process?” Galvin asked.

City attorney Tom Schultz said he thinks so.

“There are some exceptions that will be requested,” Schultz said, adding that the developer can ask to be excused from the parallel plan requirement.

Officials also during a 6 p.m. special meeting directed the city’s Parking Committee to work on data-driven solutions for parking on Warner, Thomas, and School Streets, in light of the new project.


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