At a Monday, May 23 meeting of the Archbold Planning Commission, APC members voted to move the Cedar Crest subdivision along through the next legal step.
APC voted to recommend that village council approve the plat for Lot 1 on the south side of West Lugbill Road.
Council is to consider the plat during its Monday, July 25 meeting.
APC also continued its hearing on the preliminary plat for lots 2, 3 and 4, which extend to the west.
Lange Custom Builders, rural Archbold, owns the property. A house was constructed on what will become Lot 1.
West Lugbill Road
One fact discovered when village officials researched the legal descriptions of the area was that West Lugbill Road, from a point west of Lindau Street to Lawrence Lane, was never officially defined as a street.
While the street appears on village maps and has been maintained by the village over the years, the legal descriptions of the area do not include any designation of the land where the street exists as being publically owned, or having an easement or right-of-way.
Bob Seaman, village engineer, said that will be corrected when the final plat of Cedar Crest is approved.
Assessments for municipal water and sanitary sewer service were also discussed.
Seaman said, typically, a lot pays its assessments, or is considered part of the development cost when built.
He recommended that the assessment for Lot 1 be paid now, since those services have already been provided.
When the final subdivision is platted and the reconstruction of West Lugbill Road starts, the owners of Lot 1 will pay their road reconstruction costs, but be credited for the amount already paid.
Attending the meeting was Cal Britsch, who owns the neighboring property at 309 West Lugbill Road. Seaman said when the Britsch home was built, a similar practice was followed.
Seaman said Lawrence Lane, from a point north of the end of the present curbs and gutters to its intersection with West Lugbill Road, will be reconstructed along with the West Lugbill Road project.
All members of the board were present, and all votes were unanimous.