Camden advances project's phase II
By Reggie Ponder
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
CAMDEN — Camden commissioners have given a developer the green light to build an additional 42 homes in a multi-phase subdivision in the county’s Shiloh area.
The Board of Commissioners earlier this month approved a preliminary plat for the second phase of the North River Crossing subdivision located between Sandy Hook and Trotman roads.
With North River Crossing’s 42-home first phase nearly built out, its developer is beginning site work for the second phase, which will include 42 more homes. Preliminary plat approval for phase II gives the developer the OK to design the project’s streets and stormwater facilities. A final plat for phase II must be approved, however, before actual construction of homes can begin.
The county’s planning staff and Planning Commission had already signed off on the preliminary plat for phase II.
Much of the discussion about the North River Crossing project at the county commissioners’ May 6 meeting focused on flooding in the area and plans for stormwater management at the site.
Answering a question from Commissioner Randy Krainiak, engineer David Klebitz said stormwater facilities in the first phase of the subdivision are working as designed.
Picking up on the same question, Dan Porter, director of Camden’s Planning and Community Development Department, said he thinks stormwater runoff is slightly better since the runoff control facilities in phase I were built.
“This area does flood no matter what you do,” Porter said.
Porter explained in a followup interview that the stormwater management facilities for phase I consist of a large pond and a system of ditches that carry water under Trotman Road and into an existing farm ditch that flows into Indian Creek. Phase II will include a smaller pond that the phase II lots will drain into, he said, and that pond will be connected by a canal to the larger pond and eventually into Indian Creek.
For that reason, development of the subdivision’s second phase should actually divert a significant amount of water away from Ditchbank Road, which is subject to significant flooding, he said.
“We might be able to improve the flooding on Ditchbank Road,” Porter said. “That’s not a guarantee. It’s just a maybe.”
County staff found that development of phase I should not endanger public health and safety or harm the value of adjoining properties.
North River Crossing is projected to generate 28 additional students for the Camden County Schools.