12-duplex project heads Yukon board’s Monday agenda

Yukon Planning Commission considers Ashton Place final plat

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A proposed new development will bring 12 new duplexes to Yukon’s east side.

A final plat for Ashton Place, 200 N Yukon Parkway, heads the agenda for April’s Yukon Planning Commission meeting.

Planning commissioners will consider developer Ashton Gray LLC’s application when they convene Monday, April 11 inside the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

The proposal calls for the development of 12 lots on 4.73 acres on the east side of Yukon Parkway north of Main Street (Highway 66).

The property now contains an informal baseball field with a backstop and a sidewalk along the west side in the public right-of-way.

The site has been rezoned from commercial to R-2 (two-family residential) planned unit development. It is between a church on the south and childcare center on the north.

A preliminary plat for Ashton Place was approved by a 3-1 vote at the Nov. 16, 2021, Yukon City Council meeting. The council OK’d the new zoning on June 20, 2021.

Mark Grubbs of Grubbs Consulting submitted the request on behalf of Ashton Gray LLC and property owner F. Barry Tapp.

“The developer proposes duplex residential homes on lots not less than 10,000 square feet in area,” Grubbs wrote in a March 23rd letter to Yukon Development Services.

“All lots will obtain access from a public street. Public water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer improvements will be provided.”

The proposed final plat is consistent with the site’s high-intensity designation in the Yukon Comprehensive Plan, according to a city planner’s report.

In a related item, the Yukon Planning Commission on April 11 will consider Ashton Gray LLC’s request to vacate a 10-foot-wide easement that runs diagonally from Yukon Parkway to the east property boundary.

This empty field in the 200 block of Yukon Parkway, just north of Main Street, is being prepared for the 12-lot Ashton Place duplex development. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
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The Yukon Planning Commission had rejected the Ashton Place duplex project in 2021 after neighboring residents shared concerns about traffic and a potential decline in property values.

The applicant was successful in appealing this denial to the Yukon City Council, although Council Member Jeff Wootton voted “no” on both the rezoning and preliminary plat.

Wootton cited fears about increased traffic congestion in the area and a desire to keep the property for commercial use. He hoped the development would be moved to a part of Yukon already zoned residential.

The Yukon Crossing II development on the west side of Yukon Parkway has 95 residential lots with more than 60 for duplexes – about 6.5 dwelling units per acre.

The density of Ashton Place will be about 5 dwelling units per acre.

Nearby housing additions include the Preston Park, Yukon Crossing, River Birch Estates, Smoking Oaks, Von Elm, and Rosewood.