- Addition by subdivision?

This 14.5-acre property off West Thoroughfare Street at the city's west edge is the proposed site of a 30-home housing subdivision to be developed by owner Wayne Worden and builder Darin Cantrell.

A 30-home subdivision soon is coming to Seymour.

The project was unveiled early last week at the monthly meeting of the Seymour Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission held Monday, March 1, as land owner Wayne Worden, who owns a 14.5-acre piece of property at the city’s west edge along Thoroughfare Street, appeared before the seven-member board.

Worden brought two guests.

One was Seymour builder Darin Cantrell.

The other was surveyor Casey Young of Ava.

“I’m here to find out exactly what steps need to be taken for us to go forward with this project,” Worden told the P&Z board, addressing the group’s president, Alicia Hagen.

He noted that Cantrell would be building the homes; Young has worked as the surveyor for the project.

Presented was a preliminary plat that outlined the project in deep detail, ranging from ground elevation to the laying of the proposed 6-inch water lines. Included were paved streets with appropriate right of ways, as well as sewer lines, fire hydrants and even a sewage lift station.

In addition to the P&Z board, also present were Seymour City Administrator Hillary Gintz, North Ward Alderman William Pogue and South Ward Alderman Dan Wehmer.

Hagen asked Worden if he was building single-dwelling homes.

“Yes,” he answered.

“Exclusively?” she responded. “So every home will be a single-residence home. No duplexes?”

“Yes, ma’am,” Worden said.

“These will be nice homes,” Cantrell added, addressing Hagen. “They’ll be comparable to what you’ve seen built nearby recently.”

“Like the ones on Velma Drive or the ones on my street?” Hagen asked, noting that she lives on Karen Circle.

“That’s correct,” Cantrell responded. “We’re looking at the price point, at least as of now, being in the $159,000 range.”

He said all of the homes will include at least three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a two-car garage.

“Well, there’s no doubt there is a housing shortage here in Seymour, and these homes are desperately needed,” Hagen said. “This project addresses probably the biggest need that there is in our city right now.”

In the project’s preliminary plat, 27 lots would be served by two primary streets with a single entrance from Thoroughfare Street, located south of the homes. Three additional homes would be served by Easton Street to the north.

“Early on in this project, we’ll have a large sign at the site that will show all of the lots, which will give buyers the option to pick their lot,” Cantrell explained.

“So, custom build?” Pogue asked.

“Yes, that will be available,” he responded.

Hagen asked Worden if he planned to build the project’s entire infrastructure before homes were built.

“Or are you looking to do that as you go?” she asked.

“No, we’re going to build (the infrastructure) first,” Worden said. “When I first looked at doing this, we talked about doing it as we went ... you know, parts at a time. But after I talked about this with Casey and Darin, I’m going to go forward and do the streets, the water, the sewer, the electric all at the start.”

“That’s good,” Hagen responded.

Wehmer asked when Worden was looking to start.

“As soon as we can,” he answered, smiling. “That’s why we’re here tonight. We are asking you what we need to do so we can get the ball rolling.”

Hagen then began describing the process.

Gintz provided Cantrell, Worden and Young with a multipage handout that described the process for zoning approval and approval to build a subdivision.

The first step, Gintz noted, was for Worden’s land to be zoned R-1 (single-dwelling residential) from its current status as agricultural land.

To that end, Worden filled out application papers for the zoning change, and a public hearing on the zoning change before the P&Z board was set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29, followed by a regular meeting of the commission at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held in council chambers at Seymour City Hall.

The public is welcome to attend.

At the March 29 regular meeting, the P&Z board will be asked to approve Worden’s preliminary plat of the new subdivision.

If approval is given, which is expected, next up is for the project’s final plat to be inspected and approved, with that meeting likely set sometime in April.

Once the project winds its way through P&Z officials, the project will be forwarded to the elected Seymour Board of Aldermen for its approval.

In the interim before the March 29 meeting, Hagen asked Worden to get an official soil sample from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which now is required for all new subdivisions.

Young told P&Z officials that the final preliminary plat of the project will contain even more details than the one presented on March 1.

“This one you gave us is very good,” Hagen said.

“I’ve got to admit, I’m very impressed. You’re off to a very good start, and I’m excited to see what additional information you bring to us in about a month.”

Hagen also asked Young if an architectural drawing or rendering of one of the subdivision’s homes could be presented at the March 29 meeting.

“Absolutely,” Young responded. “We can do that.”

“I just think that helps our board understand exactly what type of homes are going to be built,” Hagen concluded.

“You know, like the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.”

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