Public can weigh in on subdivision

Ashland's City Council will take public comment tonight on a subdivision touted as a state-wide model for sustainable building.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

Helman Street residents Greg and Valri Williams are proposing a 68-unit subdivision known as Verde Village, with most of the homes built to Earth Advantage standards and including solar electric panels, solar water heaters, cisterns to catch rainwater off roofs, heavy insulation and bioswales and wetlands to treat stormwater run-off.

The project would require that the city of Ashland swap a 1.54-acre finger of land that runs through the couple's property for 2.78 acres the Williamses own along Ashland Creek. The city's land is appraised at $134,000, while the couple's is appraised at $284,000.

Council member Eric Navickas has raised concerns about the land swap and expanding Ashland's boundaries with the subdivision, which is outside the city limits and would have to be annexed.

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