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Five Oaks gets go-ahead without changes

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Although a neighbor, Michael Hershey, asked the Lebanon Planning Commission to expand rear setbacks to 40 feet or require wider landscape buffers for a new section of Five Oaks, the commissioners voted this week to allow it to be built the way the developers requested.

They explained to Hershey that this was part of a planned unit development, or PUD, that had already been approved with 25-foot rear setbacks, and they couldn't change that.

The developers are The Hodges Group. The new phase will start at Callaway Drive and contains 19.8 acres, and the Planning Commission approved the site plan for that acreage at the commission's regular meeting Tuesday evening.

The first section to be developed will have 20 homes on 6.62 of the 19-plus acres, and the commission also approved the final plat for those 20 homes.

Palmer Reserve also approved
The proposed entrance was the only contested issue when the commissioners also approved a final plat Tuesday for Palmer Reserve, a planned subdivision containing 42 single-family lots on 76.74 acres.

The entrance will be on Palmer Road, which is in the county. So while the commissioners approved the entrance with the condition that the speed limit needs to be lowered on Palmer Road, all that they or the developers, Carroll Realtors, can do is make that request to the County Commission.

The developer's representative told the planners that he has already talked with some of the county commissioners and was told that if the city approved the development, they would try to lower the speed limit to 30 miles per hour or less.

Zachary Craighead's request for the rezoning of 1.96 acres at 96 Franklin Road from R-1 to RM-6 for phase 2 of Phoenix Townhouses was also approved by the Planning Commission.

The site plan presented by Matt Williams for Spence Creek Phase 29, a 15-lot development of 3.33 acres located off Highway 109 north of Highway 70, was also approved.

Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at

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