City Council decides against frontage road

City Council decides against frontage road by David Lias City Engineer Bill Welk and the Vermillion Planning Commission believe that an acreage owned by Craig and Darlis Myron should have a frontage road platted along its south edge before it is sold.

Kevin Myron, speaking for his parents at Monday�s City Council meeting, said such action is terribly unfair to property owners and has jeopardized the sale of the property.

After discussion that lasted over an hour, the council decided to not follow the planning commission�s recommendation to require a frontage road.

Welk told the planning commission Nov. 9 that there were four problems with the plat:

? The north end of the west lot line runs at an angle and should be straightened.

? No easements were shown; and eight foot perimeter easement is required (for utilities).

? A 50 foot frontage road should be platted along the south edge. The road is needed to provide safe access to the Highway 50 bypass.

? Buildings are not shown on the plat. Buildings should be shown to assure setbacks.

The tract of land in question is located along the Highway 50 bypass. Kevin Myron spoke at the council meeting for his parents, who were out of town.

Myron told the city council that his family would be willing to follow all of the planning commission�s recommendations but the third one.

Welk told both the planning commission and the city council that the state is encouraging the development of frontage roads on property sold along state highways, particularly property that may be developed from agricultural to commercial or residential use.

In a memo to council members, Welk wrote, �I do not want the bypass to become the nightmare Cherry Street is. We do not want a proliferation of driveways entering a major road. The state may limit the number of driveways, but they could not specify to me what they would allow or not allow. The state is in the process of reviewing their access policy. They may not be completed for quite a while. In the meantime, we must take action when land is platted to protect our interests in future orderly development.�

Myron said he spoke with the area engineer of the South Dakota Department of Transportation. �He is not aware of any such policy (to limit driveways),� he said. �He said that is probably something that would be up to area zoning boards.�

Myron also questioned if it would be constitutional to plat frontage roads without compensating property owners.

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