Developer lashes out at Winfield Plan Commission over regulations

2013-05-23T20:36:00Z 2013-05-23T21:40:07Z Developer lashes out at Winfield Plan Commission over regulationsBY LU ANN FRANKLIN Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 23, 2013 8:36 pm  • 

WINFIELD | William Bobey, developer of the Wynbrook subdivision, stormed out of the Plan Commission meeting Thursday after commissioners told him his application for phase two of the subdivision was incomplete.

The 79-year-old developer and his son, Eric, came to the Plan Commission to discuss the preliminary plat approval needed to sell 39 lots and build homes in the subdivision Bobey started in 1999.

Mike Duffy, professional landscape architect with DLZ Engineering, issued a six-page memo to the commissioners listing 35 items that were missing from the developer’s application. DLZ is under contract with Winfield to provide engineering services.

Bobey continued to argue with commissioners that current ordinances don’t apply to Wynbrook because he developed it in 1999 when the laws were different. Town Attorney Adam Sworden countered that the application he submitted needed to address the 35 items listed as missing by Duffy.

Plan Commission President Gerald Stiener said the matter needed to be resolved, but not at the Plan Commission study session.

“We had the ordinances in place at the time you made application for phase two,” Stiener said.

Bobey then launched into a verbal attack on Duffy.

“Half of the things he’s concocted is wrong. He’s not even an engineer,” Bobey said about Duffy. “I’m done talking with him.”

While Eric Bobey tried to get his father to leave the meeting, William Bobey continued to protest.

“I’m not getting a fair shake here,” he said. “Our subdivision has $350,000, $400,000 houses in it. It’s creating a lot of tax money for Winfield.”

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