Town House Community On The Drawing Board

Townhouse development in small community south of the metro. Action by the Louisville City Council this month allows for townhouses to be constructed in R-1 zoning which lays the planning foundation for a proposed townhouse development. Future action items that need to be considered include a development plan, annexation of the 23-acre site south of Prairie Hills Subdivision, and tax increment financing.

The Cassgram reports Louisville has been working on the steps necessary for the development for several months.

Preliminary plans presented to the city showed a residential section with 11 lots which would likely mean 22 townhouses that generally appeal to people age 50+. There is also a section of light industrial planned along Highway 50. There would be a green space between the two areas under the power lines.

The Louisville Planning Commission looked favorably on the design.

The city reviewed townhouses in other communities and how they fit into established residential neighborhoods and determined that property values will not be compromised.

The concept "has been well-received by a lot of people" that attended the meetings and hearings, says Louisville Mayor Alan Mueller. "I think we've lost residents to Sarpy County and Omaha because this type of housing was not available here."

This land has been eyed for development for several years. The city once owned an option on the property with the hopes of making it a site for commercial or industrial development. But that never happened and the city sold the option to Dave Wedekind who then exercised the option and purchased the property several months ago. Mueller says a builder has attended the city council meetings and indicated his interest.

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