Subdivision planned at County Line, Morgantown roads

A developer wants to turn farmland in White River Township into a 145-home subdivision, with construction to start next year.

If approved, 89 acres at the southeast corner of Morgantown and County Line Roads would be transformed into the Spring Hill subdivision. The neighborhood would sit directly north of the Silver Springs subdivision, and east of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. The property was platted in 2006, but the land was never developed, so the plans expired, Johnson County planner Desiree Calderella said.

The Johnson County technical review committee will vote in April on whether the preliminary design for the neighborhood should be approved. The developers are trying to negotiate how close homes can be to County Line Road, Calderella said.

For example, the county requires at least 65 feet of right-of-way off the center of County Line Road, and then for homes to be another 50 feet away from the property line, Calderella said. Westport Homes want to build homes within 35 feet of the property line, she said.

The neighborhood requires at lease two entrances into the addition off County Line Road and another off Morgantown Road, Calderella said.

The land already is zoned for single-family homes. The Center Grove area needs more homes for residents, Westport Homes president Steve Dunn said.

Once the subdivision is approved, Dunn estimates the first home to be built in 2017, he said. A model home will be constructed, as well as a few additional homes in case a buyer wants to move in immediately, he said. The majority of the homes will be built as lots are purchased, Dunn said.

Pleasant Run Creek will run through the subdivision, and the homes will be divided into two types of neighborhoods, Dunn said.

In the southern portion of the neighborhood, homes will start at a cost of about $200,000 and be marketed to families with children who are looking for a larger home, Dunn said. The homes would most likely range between 2,500 to 3,500 square feet.

On the northern half of the subdivision, the neighborhood would be comprised of smaller one- and two-story homes, around 1,400 to 2,800-square-feet, Dunn said.

The smaller homes, starting about $160,000, will be marketed toward empty-nesters or first-time homeowners, he said.

The subdivision will have a homeowner’s association, but will not have a clubhouse or other amenities such as a pool or playground, Dunn said. Buyers will have the option of brick on all four walls of the home, and most homes will have brick on the front exterior of their houses, he said.

No building standards, such as using certain materials for building or restricting types of landscaping, fencing or pools, have been set for the neighborhood yet, Dunn said.