Another development is on the horizon for Churchill, the second to be unveiled this month.
Churchill Northeast is in the preapplication stage with the Gallatin County Planning Board, Planer Chris Scott said. Preapplication provides county planners and the community to view development proposals and offer comments.
“It is a sort of sketch plan and outline,” Scott said. “They are going to be changing what they propose based on comments made by us and the public. It’s up in the air as what they are going to do as to the final number of lots, open space and other issues.”
At the moment, the 124-unit residential development will feature 117 single-family houses and seven multi-family dwellings on 64 acres , Scott said. The subdivision is slated to be located due east of the existing Churchill North neighborhood.
The planning board received the preapplication in January, and has met with the developer’s engineer, C & H Engineering, to address early concerns, Scott said. Topics raised during the meetings were irrigation ditch issues, a lack of proposed sidewalks or trails, traffic and the impact on Amsterdam School.
The Valley and Lowline canals run through the property and concerns have been voiced about liability issues surrounding the ditches, engineer Brian Rippey of C & H said. Several proposals are being examined to mitigate the worries, from piping a section of one ditch to physically moving a portion of another.
“We will probably move the (Valley) canal slightly so it doesn’t go through a proposed park and open space area,” he said. “Part of the Lowline that goes through the property (may be piped) so we don’t have open water issues.”
The planning board also suggested the development should provide input on traffic mitigation and the effects on the school, Scott said.
“Right now, Amsterdam school is bursting at the seams,” he said. “We suggested they do something to help the school out.”
The proposed development has approached the school, Rippey said. The Developer may contribute money to the district to alleviate the possible growth.
“We understand the need for that,” Rippey said.
Developers plan to hold a public forum to gather residents’ suggestions and concerns, Rippey said. The group is sending out a mailing list and plans to have the event before or during the first week of April.
“We want to take a proactive stance and engage the community,” he said. “We plan on holding workshops to make sure we get better input.”