KIMBERLY—A new housing development could be coming to Kimberly.

On Monday night, the Kimberly City Council passed two ordinances in favor of building what’s being called the Jersey Park Subdivision. Ordinance 2019-01 rezones 1010 and 1030 Ed Minor Road for the building of Jersey Park Subdivision. Ordinance 2019-02 annexes 1010 and 1030 Ed Minor Road into the City of Kimberly.

According to the project’s developer, Mark Drummond, the annexed property was previously zoned for strip mining in Jefferson County. This property, which will house the new development, is approximately 84 acres in size.

“176 lots are planned for the 84 acres, which gives you a density of 2.09 lots per acre…roughly 50 percent of the property will be left as undeveloped green space,” said Drummond “The homes themselves we’re proposing to have a minimum square footage of heated insulated space of 1,600 square feet.”

Drummond also noted that vinyl siding would not be allowed in the neighborhood. The proposed exterior of the homes is either brick or stone and the roofing will be architectural shingles. Spacing between homes will be approximately 20 feet.

Four different Kimberly residents voiced concerns over the proposed subdivision. Chris Bradford, who lives in an adjoining neighborhood to the proposed project, is concerned with the close proximity of the two neighborhoods.

“I have some concerns as far as the buffer between the houses that will be adjoining Polo Trace,” said Bradford to the council. “I think everybody on that street kind of bought into the neighborhood thinking, ‘This is a beautiful wooded area behind us. We’ve got nature. We’ve got beautiful scenery.’ And now we’re going to go from zero to 176 houses.”

“What I would like to see is maybe a larger buffer between Polo Trce and [Jersey Park Subdivision],” continued Bradford. “I think it would cut down on the noise, the increased traffic and I think it would be a fair thing to ask for.”

Drummond was willing to compromise, stating that his project could add to the ‘natural vegetative buffer’ between the houses in Polo Trce and Jersey Park.

Kimberly resident Roy Williams later pointed to potential traffic problems that could arise with the addition of well over 100 homes. Drummond said that it has been arranged for Skipper Consulting Inc.—an engineering firm based out of Birmingham—to run a traffic study in the area.

Lance Shivers, who lives on Derby Pkwy. in Kimberly, recommended that the Jersey Park Subdivision’s Homeowners Association enforce a ‘no parking on the streets’ policy, as that has been a point of concern in other local subdivisions. Shivers mentioned that building no more than five houses on each cul-de-sac could be a nice preventative measure in the effort to keep parked cars off the streets.

Both the rezoning and annexation ordinances passed unanimously.

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at sports@njeffersonnews.com

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