Aberneen Lane resident worries about safety, noise and yes, ice
Susan Comstock’s Aberdeen Lane home sits directly across from Lima Way, the proposed “back door” to the Dixon Ranch project. She and her husband David find themselves on the front lines of a debate between neighborhood activists and developers of the proposed project.
“They’re all going to come this way,” she said of the predicted 6,892 daily trips predicted in the project’s traffic report. “Everything’s down there (west of the project), the schools, the employment, the restaurants, … and it’s almost twice as long to go out on Green Valley, which is either life-threatening or all backed up.”
Aberdeen lane is steep, a 15 percent grade and higher in places, she said.
And then there are the blind spots, Comstock added, explaining, “We back out of our driveway directly into a blind spot. There are lots of them on this street.”
Comstock said she worries that even before the Dixon Ranch residents arrive, her street will be the preferred access for all the construction traffic, which will destroy the road and deafen the residents as the big trucks grind up then careen down the steep
Aberdeen Lane at all hours.
If the project is approved, she said she hopes the back entrance can remain closed as long as possible, or that it might remain gated as an emergency exit only.
The lack of sidewalks in her neighborhood is also a particular concern. “They told us that was because we were considered low density,” Comstock said. “But it turns out we’re not only high density, but an access road to a much larger and denser project.”
Highland View’s 214-homes occupy roughly the same footprint as the proposed 714-home Dixon Ranch project.
Comstock said her worst fear is when the roads ice up; that occurs about once each winter. The proposed stop sign at the foot of Lima Way wouldn’t stop skidding cars from landing in her yard, or even her living room.
“This is our dream house,” she said. “We moved here for the view and the feel of the neighborhood. It’s not fancy like some other areas around here, but we love it and don’t want to see it destroyed.”
She said she checked on the Dixon parcel before she bought the house, and assumed that the five-acre minimum lot size would prohibit the kind of project now proposed. “Are we really expected to wade through the General Plan to determine what it takes to change something like that?”
She’ll be at the firehouse for the Notice of Preparation meeting Wednesday night, and worries that the turnout will surpass the room capacity, which is roughly 160, according to Chief Dave Roberts.
Principal Planner Pierre Rivas acknowledged her concern, said it was too late to renotice the meeting.
She pointed to a sprawling, hundred-plus year old oak tree at the terminus of Lima Way that will have to be cut and pondered, “I don’t oppose all growth, but I do ask that it be planned, orderly and necessary. This looks like they’re trying to cram all the houses they can in here for the tax revenue.”