Village Road Concerns

Village request approved and discusses roads in subdivisions. The extraterritorial zoning and building permit jurisdiction of Eagle increases a bit and becomes more defined. The county board used Eagle’s request as an opportunity to talk about road concerns.

Cassgram reports Informal practice over the years was for the Village of Eagle to exert jurisdiction over properties touched by a one mile arc around the community. The recent annexation of 20 business acres by Eagle moved the one-mile jurisdiction south and east of the current line and prompted a review of that informal practice.

On October 21st the Eagle Village Board of Trustees asked the county to cede and transfer jurisdiction between one mile and one and one-quarter mile in a defined boundary area utilizing property lines. A map with the specific boundaries was approved by the village board.

This makes the extraterritorial jurisdiction “more formal, consistent and certain,” said attorney Maureen Freeman-Caddy on behalf of the village. The shift to defined zoning boundaries based on property lines has the support of County Zoning Administrator Mike Jensen.

The request was before the board on November 5th but was tabled. District 3 Commissioner Jim Paterson made the motion to table with the directive to talk to Eagle about the roads in the South Meadows subdivision south of the community.

South Meadows is outside the village limits but within the new Eagle zoning jurisdiction. The county maintains the roads in that subdivision, a practice that happens by previous interlocal agreements with developers in just a few subdivision locations across the county, and a practice that Peterson wanted to review.

There was a lawsuit over private road taxes in Happy Hills subdivision in Plattsmouth’s zoning district about six years ago, noted Peterson, and he saw Eagle’s zoning map request as an opportunity to look at what the county is committed to in South Meadows and other subdivisions. He said he had never seen the agreement with South Meadows until after the last meeting. That agreement was signed in 2003. Peterson said he is now more clear about the county’s obligation there after reading the roads are “in the county inventory.”

District 2 Commissioner Janet McCartney talked about commitments signed in the 1980s that have the county responsible for roads in Copper Corral and Copper Dollar Cove. “My concern is, if those are county roads—there is no parking on county roads.” There are problems with snow removal and cars parked on right-of-way, she said, and the roads department is looking at options in those developments.

Road Superintendent Lenny Thorne related road department concerns about rows of residential accesses directly onto county roads.

With an update to the comprehensive plan underway, commissioners and Thorne agreed subdivision road planning specify two entrances/exits to a development, specify home access from the interior roads, and state that developers are responsible for road maintenance and repair plans.

Peterson made the motion to approve the new Eagle zoning area. It passed unanimously.

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