Aldermen pass Sunset Reserve subdivision with contentious driveway ending up on Robyn

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By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

Variances and a record plat for the Sunset Reserve subdivision were approved by the Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen June 14. 

The record plat has been the subject of public comment at previous meetings, with residents of the nearby Sunny Creek neighborhood pushing for the Lot 18 driveway to be on Robyn Road instead of in the neighborhood. Residents on Robyn were against the Lot 18 driveway off Robyn. 

The Sunny Creek residents ultimately got their wish as the board voted to approve the plat with the driveway on Robyn. Ward 4 Alderman Fred Daues said while both sides of the driveway discussion have valid arguments, there “isn’t a right or wrong side.”

“What I would have liked to have seen, and I believe it’s too late, is one of two things. Either Lot 18 become a 2-acre lot and then exit into (Sunset Reserve) … or No. 2, a flagpole lot,” Daues said. “Both of those would have addressed the concerns of both constituencies, and the only people we would have made unhappy is a very good builder.”

Daues said the fault in this case lies with the aldermen and the Sunset Hills planning commission — people he “would’ve hoped would have thought out of the box” to solve the issue.