10pm Update: The Bryan City Council has decided to let a developer move forward with plans for a new 600 home subdivision in west Bryan, as recommended by Planning & Zoning. That is against the advice of the Bryan Fire Department which had asked the homes be built at least 15 feet apart as per city rules. The developer asked for minimum setbacks of five feet which means there will be at least 10 feet between each structure.
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A 600 home subdivision could be built on Bryan's west side if the city council gives the green light Tuesday, but there are concerns they could be built closer together than fire regulations allow.
News 3 investigated why the Edgewater neighborhood is not a done deal yet.
Birds and green grass now call these 166 acres home behind the Autumn Lake neighborhood in west Bryan.
John Lubanski and his wife have lived on Mountain Wind Loop for three years but could soon see 600 new houses.
New Stylecraft homes would make his backyard view look pretty much like his front.
"It'll raise property values and that's good for almost everybody, but I guess a negative thing will be traffic," said Lubanski.
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approving plans but lowering the minimum distance between homes, even against the advice of the Bryan Fire Marshal's Office.
Here at an older neighborhood in Bryan if you measure roofline to roofline it's more than 24 feet apart.
The developer wants to have only a minimum of 10 feet between each structure while city rules require 15.
"Five foot is a minimum. Most plans are not that far apart but that's a minimum side setback," said Randy French, the President of Stylecraft Builders.
He says if the council won't approve his request it will be a deal killer.
"The burden has been put on the developer and it's really for the good of the community, but in order to do that there's got to be some compensating factors. That's what a planned development is," said French.
Bryan Fire Chief Randy McGregor says lower setbacks make it harder for his firefighters to gain access between buildings.
"We don't want to compromise the fire safety for those folks in those homes or any homes as well as the safety of our firefighters," said McGregor.
"Whatever's safe for the community I'm good with, so if it means not building back there that's fine too," said John Lubanski.
A decision being made Tuesday night.
The Bryan City Council approved the plan as presented by Planning and Zoning and did not make changes to the setbacks as requested by the Bryan Fire Department.
Several neighborhoods already have a five foot setback exception in Bryan and College Station.
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