CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Developers of two planned subdivisions, located within a mile of each other off Connell Road in Loudon Heights, will take their cases before the Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday.
But aside from the location, the two subdivision proposals could hardly be further apart.
On one hand, J.D. Stricklen seeks preliminary approval for his still-unnamed project to lay out 11 home sites on what is now two larger parcels on the west side of Connell Road, south of Bedford Road.
His company, Stricklen Realty, has a proven track record after creating subdivisions like Suncrest, Gettysburg, Yorktowne and Conner Landing in and around Charleston in recent years. Several city departments have already signed off on his latest plan.
On the other hand, George Neilan returns to the planning commission to take yet another stab at getting permission to sell lots in phase 4 of his Jamestown Subdivision, an effort he began eight years ago.
After first getting phase 4 approval in August 2005 to build the infrastructure for 29 homes, Neilan installed sewers and other utility lines and built roads. But because of construction delays and personal problems, the work took far longer than planned.
Increasingly impatient planning commissioners granted Neilan an unprecedented five extensions to his original deadline before finally voting to revoke his permit entirely in March.
The most recent problem was Neilan's inability to resolve a long-running dispute with the city's Sanitary Board. Larry Roller, the board's general manager, maintains Neilan failed to install the sewers according to the plan he originally submitted.
In response, Neilan filed a complaint last year with the state Public Service Commission, asking the PSC to order the sanitary board to approve his sewer lines. The PSC appointed a mediator.
Neilan is now asking the planning commission to develop just nine of the 29 lots in phase 4, and reserve the others for future development. The nine lots are located closest to existing homes in Jamestown, along Jamestown Road, according to a map Neilan attached to his application.
The proposal avoids lots located farther downhill around a sharp curve. Sanitary board operations manager Tim Haapala has said Neilan buried sewers under the road there up to 10 feet deeper than planned.