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Grandview approves first gated community

GRANDVIEW - In a first for Grandview, the city council on Monday approved the final plat for its first-ever gated community.

Located off of Fifth Street, the community is known as Grand West Estates and, at completion, will have 15 building sites. The least expensive home in the development is believed to cost in the neighborhood of $180,000, according to councilman Javier Rodriguez.

"This is great, just what we need," councilwoman Helen Darr said upon review of Grand West's layout.

Public Works Director Cus Arteaga told council that the developer, Dr. Fred Boboth of Sunnyside, decided to make Grand West a gated community based in part on feedback from lot purchasers.

Arteaga explained that some of the future homeowners at Grand West have already indicated they will cancel the deal if the property is not gated.

Both City Administrator Jim Sewell and Mayor Norm Childress expressed support for Grand West, but aired concerns about future implications of the city's first gated community and the privately owned sidewalks and streets that come with it.

"There has to be some indication on the title that the roads and sidewalks are common property and not the city's responsibility," said Childress. "What happens in 10 or 20 years if there are second and third homeowners and there's a crack in the pavement or a tree down in the street? They'll call the city for help."

The mayor's concerns further included possible legal ramifications of nuisance complaints or injuries sustained on privately-owned roads within city limits.

Stormwater and snow removal will also be the responsibility of Grand West's home ownership community, Childress added.

Sewell urged council to approve Grand West with the contingency that City Attorney, Jack Maxwell, inspect property titles to make sure it is documented that Grand West homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of their sidewalks and roads.

"If you request that at this stage, you're setting a better standard," said Sewell.

Councilwoman Pam Horner note that some homeowners at Grand West are unable to sign closing papers until council approved the final plat. Noting that Grand West builders met existing city codes, councilwoman Joan Souders moved to approve the development's final plat.

The measure passed, with councilman Robert Morales casting the lone dissenting vote.

Arteaga was then instructed by council to draft an amendment to Grandview's building code to address future gated communities.

Noting that another developer has already indicated interest in a second gated community in Grandview, Arteaga said he would have a draft amendment ready for the next council session on Monday, Nov. 21.

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