Ross Commissioners Take Up Heartland Homes Plan for Highland CC

Heartland wants to build 170 townhouses and 130 single-family homes on the 16-acre site.

On the agenda at Monday night's Ross Township  Board of Commissioners meeting are initial plans to build 170 townhouses and 130 single-family homes on the former site of the Highland Country Club. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the commission board room on the second floor of the Ross Municipal Center.

When the proposal first came before the Ross Township Planning commission on Nov. 29, many in the crowd of 150-200 people voiced their opposition, saying they fear an increase in traffic on already busy Highland Avenue and Gass Road.

A month later, on Dec. 20, the planning commission voted 4-3 not to recommend approval for a tentative plan for residential community.

Prior to the vote, landscape architect Steven Victor outlined several changes to the development proposal:

  • Entrance off of Golf Drive would be eliminated.
  • Two of the entrances off of Highland Avenue would be moved closer to Wellington Drive.
  • A traffic impact study would be conducted beginning Jan. 8.

The ultimate decision is in the hands of the commissioners, some of whom have voiced their support for the development.

"I think it's great," Commissioner Gerald R. O'Brien told North Hills Patch in October.  "It will be good for everyone in the township because it increases the tax base."

O'Brien estimated the new homes and town-homes would add $90 million in taxable property to the township, resulting in an additional $270,000 a year in tax revenue, after the project is completed in about six years.

For more on the rest of the commissioner's agenda for Monday night, click here.

Are you planning to attend Monday night's meeting, what do you think about the plans for the old Highland Country Club? Tell us in the comments box below.

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Richard January 08, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Hi All, Read all of the concerns and would like to make a few comments. First I understand the traffic problem at Lilac and peony. The fence along the Golf course across from that entire run could possibly be redesigned to become a Third Turning lane dedicated to the new development area which could help keep traffic off of the main road. Also a Red Light or two or Stop Signs would slow down the Speeders coming around the bend by Golf Dr which really does cause a Safety problem for Lilac and Peony and possibly the new development. I agree with John that it will truly benefit businesses in West View etc and possibly generate some new businesses and employment in the area. It would also possibly ensure that the West View Post Office would not be closed due to more business. (Driving over to McKnight to use their Post Office is not effective). Plus the elderly in the area depend on the West View Post Office. There are some empty stores in the West View Shopping Center that could be revitalized also. With the New Revenue the West View / Ross Police Force could possibly have the need for additional Police Officers and Maintenance Personnel. One other note - All 600 cars are not going to leave and come home at the same time. Even without the Housing that area still needs some Stop Signs and/or Red Lights. It would be Nice to keep the Big Building and have a Nice REASONABLE AFFORDABLE Resturant installed for all Residents to enjoy. This could be a Win Win item.
John Schalcosky January 08, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Could not have said it better Rich! Thanks.
John Schalcosky January 08, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Michelle, while I do many, many things for work but one of my main jobs is as the voted in President of the Ross Township Historical Society in which we operate out of the municipal building. I was also a former Parks & Recreation employee for Ross Township.
Sam January 11, 2013 at 10:48 PM
While everyone is most definitely entitled to their own opinion, growing up in west view , I realize that it has definitely gone down hill since I've lived there. But the section 8 comment was a bit ignorant and judgemental.Not everyone that lives in section 8 are "bad" trouble causing people, and growing up in a section 8 house IN west view allowed me to live in a decent safe community while giving me the opportunity to go to north hills and eventually become a teacher. Samantha Westin (Moore)
bill smith March 05, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Another Willow type restaurant would be much more appealing.


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