Solon City Council approved plans for a 13-home subdivision at the corner of Neptune Drive and Miles Road despite concerns from some neighbors and a no-vote from one city councilwoman.
Council approved the preliminary plat for Neptune Oval Estates by 6-1 vote, with Councilwoman Nancy Meany voting against it. Meany, who represents that section of the city, said she was still "not comfortable" with how the project could affect flooding in neighboring developments.
"The majority of the residents in my ward are concerned about this development," Meany said at a previous council meeting. "I can’t go along with it."
Developer Randy Kertesz, who also built the nearby Shoppes of North Solon plaza, wants to build the homes on a 22-acre lot on the southwest corner of the intersection. The property includes two ponds known as Neptune Lake.
Some residents in nearby North Park Estates are opposed to the development, arguing that the plan will damage the quality of life in their neighborhood, including concerns about flooding and destruction of wetlands.
Kertesz told Meany he will work with concerned residents to ensure the project doesn't harm their quality of life.
"We don't take lightly your concerns or the residents' concerns," he said.
According to planning documents, the new subdivision would be accessed from a cul-de-sac off Neptune Drive where the road curves and turns into Woodall Road.
The plan needed the approval of city council, as well as permits from the Army Corps of Engineers regarding wetland impacts.
Kertesz has previously said that he has worked hard on a drainage and stormwater plan that will help improve flooding issues at the neighboring North Park Estates.
"We feel we will be doing a lot of work to lessen the burden they have today from the water that’s being discharged," Kertesz said. "I think we’ve tried to handle it the best we can we’ve gone above and beyond what we were originally asked by the engineering department."