BR council defers action on Hundred Oaks rezoning request

The Metro Council deferred action Wednesday on a controversial rezoning request for a proposed development at Perkins Road and Drehr Street.

The council was expected to make its final vote on the Hundred Oaks ISPUD, proposed by developer and builder Steven Duplechain.

Residents urged the council to defer acting until March because of a miscommunication of when the public hearing would be held.

Duplechain wants to rezone a nearly 1-acre site from single-family residential to infill small planned unit development, which would ultimately allow him to build seven houses instead of six.

But residents objected to the zoning change. They said A-1 single family is the “gold standard” for neighborhood zoning, cited concerns about a lack of a drainage study and voiced fears that the ISPUD could one day be used for commercial uses.

Interim Planning Director Ryan Holcomb said the site qualified for a drainage study waiver because it was less than an acre.

Officials also noted that ISPUDS require any significant usage changes to be approved by the council, so a mixed-use purpose could not be done without another vote.

There are two buildings on the site, and Duplechain intends to build seven custom homes ranging from 2,500 square feet to 2,750 square feet.

He owns the property and can build six homes on the site without a rezoning.

Councilwoman Tara Wicker, who serves as president of the planning commission and whose district the project is located in, said she supports the project because the developer agreed to multiple concessions requested by the residents.

The council voted to defer the item until March 19, because residents said they were not properly notified of the meeting date.

The Advocate previously reported the date of the meeting would be March 19, because an earlier version of the agenda said the item would be deferred from the Wednesday meeting.