The Hoover Planning and Zoning Commission approved a final plat for 47 residential lots in Magnolia Grove.
Hoover's Planning and Zoning Commission tonight approved plans for 163 new houses to be built in the city.
The commission approved final plans for 47 residential lots in the second phase of Magnolia Grove, located off Preserve Parkway next to The Grove shopping center, and 64 residential lots in Phase 1B of the Sawyer Trail part of the Ross Bridge community, off Ross Bridge Parkway.
Signature Homes is the builder for both projects. The company's president, Jonathan Belcher, said they expect to start construction on the second phase of Magnolia Grove after the new year begins. Houses already are under construction in the first phase of Sawyer Trail, so Phase 1B will just be an extension of that, he said.
The commission also approved preliminary plans for Phase 14 of The Preserve, which will include 52 residential lots. That includes 13 estate lots, 29 villa lots and 10 cottage lots.
Signature Homes also is asking the city to rezone 103 acres off Shelby County 41 that were annexed into the city last week from a holding zone in Shelby County to a Planned Residential Development District in Hoover to make way for a 97-lot subdivision. The property borders the Cove of Greystone and the Crest at Greystone, and Shoal Creek is directly across Shelby County 41.
Belcher said the property includes a 13-acre lake, and 33 of the proposed 97 homes would be around it. The homes will range in price from $500,000 to $800,000, averaging around $600,000, Belcher said, and will be between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet.
Belcher said he met with Hoover schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy to discuss the new development, to be called Brock Point.
“While we certainly didn’t expect her to endorse the property, she didn’t seem to have any major concerns over the plan,” Belcher said.
Belcher said the subdivision is expected to bring 32 children at most to Hoover schools but said homes in this price range typically generate fewer children than average-priced homes.
George Thompson, a representative for Shoal Creek Properties, said he believed the proposed project would improve the value of the area. He also had two requests for the development, including keeping the entrance to the subdivision as far to the south as possible and to maintain the vegetative buffer along Shelby County 41.
Commission Chairman Mike Wood said the only thing under consideration tonight was rezoning.
“They do have a preliminary layout, but that’s not to say that’s the layout we’re going to see, so I would suggest that if you have any concerns about the layout when they come back for a preliminary map, that’s the time that you could bring up those issues," Wood said. "However, now that they know it, maybe they can go ahead and address them.”
The Commission approved the rezoning, with Commissioner Sammy Harris abstaining.
Also at tonight's meeting, the commission:
- Rezoned 3.2 acres near the Ross Bridge Town Center from a planned single-family district to a planned commercial village center. A Ross Bridge resident whose house is next to the property asked if there were any plans for the area. At this time, there are no specific users.
- Rezoned a piece of property off Alabama 119 near the soon-to-open Brookwood Medical Center free-standing emergency department from Shelby County office and institutional use to a community business district in Hoover. The property is being annexed into the city of Hoover in phases, and a professional office building is planned for the lot.
- Gave approval for a new park to be built at 4463 Tuckahoe Lane in the fourth phase of the Northampton sector of Ross Bridge. The park will include a wiffle ball field made of grass and astro turf, two covered pavilions, restrooms and 17 parking spaces. Belcher said there were no plans for lights in the park.
- Gave approval for the Christian Pentecostal Church of USA to operate a church at 3133 Lorna Road, Suite 109.
- Gave approval for the Palmetto School of Career Development to open in the Galleria Trace Plaza at 2801 John Hawkins Parkway.
- Gave approval for beer and wine to be sold at Pazzo Big Slice Pizza at 1678 U.S. 31, Suite 101A.
- Approved final plans for a 1.73-acre lot at 504 Park Avenue, zoned for single-family use.
- Approved the resurvey of two lots in Lake Cyrus, combining two lots into one and vacating a pedestrian easement.
- Continued a request to approve final plans for five lots in Lake Cyrus. The request now is scheduled to be heard at the Dec. 14 planning commission meeting.