The Benton County Planning Board this week unanimously denied a time extension request for a controversial condominium development known as
In denying the extension for the project, Planning Board members said developers had not worked to meet the original stipulations for approval. They were concerned that the developers had not secured state environmental approval of their wastewater system, that they had not secured a storm water permit, that roads leading to the site had not been improved, that they had not provided a completion bond, and that a lawsuit is pending to decide who has clear title to the property. Sound familiar?
E&S Development's lawyer, Courtney Little, complained that the Board's action send the message that environmentalist opponents of controversial developments can stall projects until they are denied and said the rules should be more supportive of development and developers. Heard that one before?
The developers will decide in the next two weeks whether to appeal the decision or resubmit plans to the Planning Office. They could just shuffle some paper and rename it Hill Place or something like that. It should fly right through. That worked in Fayetteville.