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Developer seeks approval for new subdivision

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If a developer’s plans are OK’d, Center Grove area residents soon could have new neighbors.

M/I Homes is seeking approval for a new 49-lot subdivision near Smith Valley and Peterman roads. The new subdivision, The Sanctuary at Harrison Crossing, will be built on about 20 acres behind some existing homes on the northeast corner of the intersection.

The former developer originally had planned to build a subdivision called Kingston Estates there, but work never started.

M/I Homes purchased the vacant land as well as the nearby Harrison Crossing subdivision, which is north of Smith Valley Road on Peterman Road, in 2013 after the land went through foreclosure.

The Sanctuary at Harrison Crossing is the second new subdivision to be started in the unincorporated county since the recession, Johnson County planning engineer Allen Kirk said.

The houses would cost between about $216,000 and $380,000, depending on the options a buyer chooses, Kirk said. The homes would be built on lots ranging from 10,000 to 17,000 square feet.

Kirk said many of the homes would be two-story and also have brick exteriors like other M/I Homes being built in the Hickory Stick area.

The county approved the preliminary design for the subdivision and will have to review construction and drainage plans for the first section, which will be on the southern end of the property and have an entrance from Smith Valley Road, Kirk said.

A second entrance off Peterman Road wouldn’t be built until the second section is developed, he said. The land already is zoned for the type of homes proposed.

The county could grant all the needed approvals by spring, which would allow the developer to start putting in infrastructure such as electric and water lines and building roads. The first homes could then be built by later summer or fall, Kirk said.

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