Clayton leaders still haven’t voted on Steeplechase, the proposed 2,200-home subdivision on the north side of town.
Last week, Planning Director Dave DeYoung asked the Clayton Town Council to delay the vote again. DeYoung said the state Department of Transportation hasn’t finished reviewing a revised traffic study for the project.
The council has tabled a decision for weeks as the town has worked with the developer, Wakefield Development Co., and the DOT to figure out traffic.
Earlier this year, the town made Wakefield Development revise the study after traffic improvements in the study didn’t align with the phasing in Steeplechase’s master plan.
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The revised study recommends dozens of improvements between now and 2025, when all of the 2,200 homes would be on the ground. The DOT will comment on those recommendations and likely tweak and add to the schedule. Clayton will do the same.
DeYoung said he hopes to have the DOT’s comments by the council’s next meeting on April 20.
Wakefield Development plans to build Steeplechase on 630 acres commonly known as the Earp tract. Nancy Earp and her sister-in-law, Mary Worley, own the land. The family used to host horse races and balloon festivals on the property.
The proposed neighborhood would have mostly single-family homes but also town homes and apartments. Wakefield Development’s master plan also includes commercial space and land for a school.
Early on, neighbors in two adjacent subdivisions lobbied hard against Steeplechase. They were concerned about proposed street connections into their neighborhoods. And some questioned how compatible Steeplechase would be with their estate-style subdivisions.
Public opposition to the plan has died down in recent weeks, with Wakefield agreeing to change portions of its plan, including moving the town homes away from one of the subdivisions. However, neighbors have still cautioned the council not to vote until the traffic questions are answered.
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