New anonymous website attacking Orchard Hills Villas

Edit: While the website is anonymous, it is registered to Dr. Brad Erickson.

Just a reminder the city council unanimously supported the development which is rare since many of us have very high standards.  To their credit most neighbors weren’t offended by having luxury townhomes near their estates, so this is probably coming from 2 or 3 families (get a backbone and put some names on the website).  I am not interested in providing a link since the information is not accurate. 

Take the front page of the site:

Orchard Hills is a development near the Rochester Country Club. Originally designed as a large lot/estate style development, the developer (Mike Younge) has made a dramatic change, deciding to now place the maximum number of townhouses permitted onto the remaining area.
This dramatic change in plans, without any concern for the people he sold lots to, indicates a lack of integrity and a focus on maximizing his profit. It also will exceed the safe trip limit for the cul-de-sac, by taking advantage of a mistake in the way the city estimates traffic. While city says it is now working on correcting this problem, the developer has been allowed far more units than should have been permitted.
Another concern is that while he promised that these would be upscale units, when the neighbors asked the city council to put that into the requirements, they blocked it. Why?

and separately;

That was the plan he showed us when he sold us our lots. It was also in the development agreement he had with Rochester, which required him to develop the entire area by 2005. That agreement was not enforced, and he feels no moral obligation to live up to his word.

Lets check the facts:

This dramatic change in plans,

Nope, low density residential to low density residential is not a dramatic change.

deciding to now place the maximum number of townhouses permitted onto the remaining area.

Actually the maximum number would have been greater than 90.

It also will exceed the safe trip limit for the cul-de-sac, by taking advantage of a mistake in the way the city estimates traffic.

Wrong on two counts.  The city uses LMC guidance, statewide standards and is consistent.  No mistake has been made.  The road in place can safely handle more than a thousand vehicle trips daily.  The number in question is around 300.

Another concern is that while he promised that these would be upscale units, when the neighbors asked the city council to put that into the requirements, they blocked it. Why?

Because that is not required in city zoning which is our guidance. An agreement like this could have been made in writing when properties were purchased.

It was also in the development agreement he had with Rochester, which required him to develop the entire area by 2005. That agreement was not enforced, and he feels no moral obligation to live up to his word.

Development agreements have no such requirements, and can be changed at any times so long as the zoning process is followed, which it was.

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