After months of delays and uncertainty, Clayton has scuttled the application for Steeplechase subdivision.
The Town Council voted Monday to shelve rezoning requests and preliminary plans for what would have been Clayton’s largest subdivision – a 2,200-home development on 630 acres that included single-family houses, apartments, town homes, commercial space and land for a school.
First proposed last fall, the project had been in limbo since May after “issues” arose between the developer, Wakefield Development Co., and the landowners, Nancy Earp and her family. In the intervening months, the Clayton council voted several times to postpone action on Steeplechase while the two parties talked through their problems.
During that time, Wakefield Development withdrew from the project, Town Manager Steve Biggs said, and Clayton gave the Earps some extra time to look for a new partner. Had the Earps lined up another investor during that window, Biggs said, they could have avoided starting the town’s approval process over from scratch.
But those dots failed to line up, and the time finally came for the council to drop the Steeplechase application, Biggs said.
When an application is withdrawn, Clayton usually requires a six-month waiting period before it will review new plans for the same tract of land. That rule, Biggs said, prevents developers from submitting plans they have no intention of pursuing in an effort “to test the waters” in Clayton.
The council waived that restriction for the Earps, Biggs said, because they had not tried to take advantage of the town.
“In this particular case, everybody has worked in good faith, it’s just that the deal didn’t come together,” he said.