Ashton Place duplex plan approved in Yukon

Commissioners vote 3-1 in favor of development

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Attorney David M. Box

A Yukon Planning Commission vote has approved plans for the Ashton Place duplexes in east Yukon.

It took three motions to be read at the Monday night meeting before commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of the plans presented by developer Ashton Place’s attorney David Box. The first motion to pass the plans failed for lack of a second. Then the second reading ended in a 2-2 vote.

And after a pause, nearly 12 seconds, Commissioner Jeff Geis voiced that he had changed his stance and voted yes the third time around Monday.

Commission Chairman Bill Baker voted yes, as well.

“We are an unpaid, volunteer citizen committee that speaks really with a heavy-hand sometimes because we represent 18,000 people in Yukon, and we do want to do what is best for the citizens. And we don’t want the city council to ever think we’re down here rubber-stamping things,” Baker said.

Vice-Chairman Jarrid Wright also voted yes. Committee member Nick Grba voted no.

Commissioners approved the duplexes on about 4 acres near a daycare center and a church. The plan will no go to the city council for final approval.

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Ashton Gray LLC. wants to build duplexes along Yukon’s Main Street, State Highway 66, in the eastern part of the city.

Twice, the Yukon Planning Commission had denied an application for the project at previous meeting.

But the issue was finally back on the Yukon Planning Commission agenda for Monday, Nov. 8.

The meeting was at 12 S. 5th Street, in the Centennial Building.

On Monday, attorney David M. Box made a request on behalf of the developer, Ashton Gray LLC. The request will be for a “deferred preliminary plat” that “was waiting for a zoning resolution, located at 200 N. Yukon Parkway, according to the agenda item posted by the Yukon Planning Commission in advance of the meeting.

The tract of land contains 204,823 square feet, or 4.70 acres.

The item was the only issue on the agenda for the Monday, Nov. 8 meeting.

In June, a request to rezone commercial property in the undeveloped part of east Yukon to allow 24 duplexes was denied by the Yukon Planning Commission for a second time.

Concerns about traffic, overcrowded school classrooms and Yukon’s comprehensive development plan were heard from residents, and commissioners agreed to stop the duplexes.

Ashton Gray LLC had requested rezoning 4.73 acres at 200 N. Yukon Parkway. The request was made by the Ashton Gray attorney David Box to rezone a restricted commercial area to a combined residential district with an additional application for a planned unit development over the entire property. The purpose of the rezoning would be to permit duplex development on the site, according to information provided to the planning commission.

Attorney David Box submitted a letter on Nov. 2 to the Yukon Planning Commission regarding the ongoing attempts by developers to build 24 duplexes in east Yukon.

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