Sand Hill Farm – PUD

Sand Hill Farm is the working name of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) that I plan to submit for consideration to the Culver Plan Commission.  I have decided to put the progress of this on this Blog in order to document the process and to solicit input.

Sand Hill Farm The name comes from my childhood, when the property was owned by my Great Aunt and Uncle, Katy and Everett Easterday.  As kids we used to play on the Sand Hill and I’ve found that it is known by that moniker to others in the community as well.

Sand Hill Farm Aerial PhotoThe property in question consists of four parcels as shown here.  It runs from Academy Road south behind the CCHS baseball diamond, Little League diamonds and down behind Easterday Construction Co., Inc.  It then ties into the larger parcel to the west that has frontage on Jefferson Street and State Road 17. It consists of roughly 40 acres.  It is currently a mixture of farmland and woods. The current zoning of the property is S-1, Suburban Residential.  The property falls within the Culver Zoning Boundaries, but is currently outside the Town Limits.

For those of you that don’t know, a PUD is a zoning district defined by the State and included in the Culver Zoning Ordinance for mixed use developments.  Culver has chosen to keep a residential bent to their PUD definition <Culver Zoning Ordinance PUD Section> , but technically there must be a mixed use, i.e. more than just residential and with applications that cannot be handled under another existing district.  Creation of a PUD amounts to a rezoning of the property and a complete definition of zoning requirements for the property outside of the current zoning requirements.

I have chosen to pursue a PUD due to Culver’s current push for affordable housing and the opportunities under a PUD to pursue innovative and different use configurations that are not allowed under the definitions in the current ordinance.  This type of zoning will allow consideration of zero lot line development, variations in square footage, flexibility in setbacks and definitions of buffers and standards.

As things move forward, I will attempt to put conceptual plans here for viewing and comments. I will also link whatever reference documentation that I can, for those of you following along at home.  I have a topographic map of the property that I will link here in the future.  Let me hear what you think.

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