Westside Woods Subdivision Denied; developer plans to reapply | Local

A proposed major subdivision on Helena’s Westside was turned down on a technicality at Monday’s meeting of the Helena City Commission.

Sussex Construction, the developer behind the Westside Woods housing estate, applied for three waivers to city standards regarding the maximum block length of 600ft, which were denied by city commissioners.

Since the denial of the applications will result in a significant change in the design, the commission was forced to deny the following agenda items related to development, land annexation and platform approval. form.

The developer must now redesign the subdivision and reapply through the city’s community development department.

Ron Bartsch, owner of Sussex Construction, said he was disappointed with the commission’s decision given its approval of larger blocks in other recent developments such as Mountain View Meadows.

He said he plans to come up with a new design that meets the city’s requirements.

“I think they should be able to work to city standards,” Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins said at the meeting.

The pre-zoning of the land was approved earlier in the meeting by a split 3-2 vote, with City Commissioners Sean Logan and Eric Feaver casting dissenting votes.

The land will be considered pre-zoned under the new zoning for Residential Zones 2 and 3, which allow for higher density development.

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