Lynne Hermansen
A new subdivision will be built in Edgerton for the first time in two decades.
City Council approved the conceptual plan for more than 80 acres at the southwest corner of Braun and Eighth Streets.
The Timber Creek Subdivision will have around 275 homes with 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 to 3 bathrooms and 2 to 3 car garages built by Rausch Coleman Homes ranging from $275,000 to $350,000 and 1,300 to 2,400 square feet.
Don Roberts, mayor, said residents had been telling him for years housing is a top priority.
“This project will offer opportunities for first-time homebuyers, growing families, and seniors to join our beautiful community, as well as new homes for Edgerton families whose needs have changed and want to stay here,” he said. “We’re thrilled that Rausch Coleman is investing in the future of Edgerton.”
Katy Crow, development services director, said there will also be a one acre internal park area with walking trails, playground area, sidewalks and more.
The development will be built in four phases over five years beginning in the 3rd quarter of 2023 with 80 lots.
Crow said Rausch Coleman was seeking variances with side yards at five feet per house for a total of 10 feet between houses with fire retardant materials.
Roberts and Clay Longanecker, council member, had questions about storm shelters for slab homes that did not have basements.
Roberts said he wanted to know if homeowners would be able to purchase them and ways to make them added to the homes and removed.
John Stone, Rausch Coleman representative, said the shelters would have to be anchored into a garage killing one garage parking space.
“It’s hurting some sales and losing first time homebuyers,”he said.
Stone said a shelter would add $4,000 to $5,000 in additional home cost.
Roberts said from a community perspective it would be an act of goodwill as storm shelters are a growing concern.
“Would there be a neighborhood option with the HOA,”he said. “I know it is not a requirement but a desire.”
Stone said they could display a shelter for an option in the home buying process.
Roberts said was it financially possible to install during the construction process.
“Every storm season we here about storm shelters,”he said.
Stone said each individual could make the choice.
Roberts said having the choice to remove a shelter from the home would be his preference over putting one in later.
Stone said he could dig deeper into information.
Crow said with PUD there is some flexibility for an accessory structure.
Roberts said he wanted to know more about the Egg outdoor shelters as an option.
Longanecker said did people want slab homes.
Stone said slab homes cost less.
“They are attractive for empty nesters,”he said. “80 percent of our homes in Blue Springs are slabs. Most townhomes don’t have basements but shelters in the community.”
Stone said the egg size shelters fit in closets and backyards and withstand F5 tornadoes.
“But the tornado shelter is more about wind speed and flying debris,”he said. “The attractiveness of a slab is about money. The egg is a good solution, and there is a lot of advantage of a slab.”
Roberts said they try to limit not having a shelter.
“The truth is you never know where one tornado will come,”he said. “It’s a value to the community.”
Longanecker said he also wanted to know how the city would know the HOA would take care of the new subdivision.
Shawn Cheevers, division president of Rausch Coleman Homes, said the HOA is a third party company.
“What they do is manage property,”he said. “They run the finances, maintenance, beautification etc. There are board members and meetings. Homeowners pay extra for the amenities. They are a community within.”
Cheevers said they would still have to meet the city standards, and the city could step in if they didn’t.
“They are meant to keep harmony and more neutral,”he said.
Roberts said Rausch Coleman had been tremendous to work with and he hoped to keep the dialogue open.
James Oltman, ElevateEdgerton president, said during public comments Edgerton had an immediate housing need.
“This gives the ability to market to larger home buyers,”he said. “I hope you see the benefits and are on the side of progress for the community.”

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