The Woodstock Planning Commission recommended approval on amending zoning conditions related to a park space in the South on Main development. This narrow strip of park space was initially planned to include a dog park, but would now feature a linear park with a fire pit and patio, if approved by the city council Sept. 27.

The Woodstock City Council will soon consider changes to plans for park space in the South on Main community.

The Woodstock Planning Commission unanimously recommended Thursday that the city amend a zoning condition to allow developers more time to build park space in the neighborhood.

South on Main had requested one of the zoning conditions placed on the development of park space in the northwestern portion of the subdivision be modified, allowing for the park to be built in a different format. Initial plans had called for the western portion of the park to be wooded, with a stage in the middle of the trees, while a dog park would be developed in the narrower eastern area of the space. As the park space was prepared for development, the plans had to be changed in order to connect South on Main to the Noonday Creek Trail without creating any drainage issues and make the connection compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, according to city documents. The developer removed the wooded space and stage on the park’s west side.

The request for condition modification revolved around giving the developers more time to build the park space. The narrow eastern end will feature a fire pit area, a patio and an area for lawn games and, under the request, the developers would have until Dec. 31 to complete the space. The request also asked to allow the western side to have a completed deadline of Dec. 31, 2022, with fully-detailed plans to be submitted to the city and approved by the city council no later than Sept. 30, 2022. Proposed amenities in the western portion of the park included the dog park, as well as pavilions, restrooms and seating areas around a large lawn space. Under the current zoning conditions, the park space was required to be completed by the time that 50% of the building permits in that portion of South on Main had been issued, according to city documents.

A public hearing on the change was held at the planning commission’s meeting in August, when planning commissioners tabled the request for the changes in the park’s design. Several residents of South on Main spoke during the August hearing, with their comments showing an overwhelming amount of support for the changes.

No additional comment was received from supporters or those in opposition Thursday.

Proposed conditions from planning commissioners include requiring the park space to be developed as much like the submitted design plans as possible and that the fire pit would not feature a gas starter, nor be fueled by gas.

The city council is expected to review the application at its Sept. 27 meeting.

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