Plans for three new affordable housing developments in Stevens Point were halted by a series of Plan Commission votes Monday, Nov. 5.
In voice votes, the Commission rejected one rezoning request and three conditional-use permit requests relating to a 20-unit townhouse-style complex on Doolittle Drive and two adjacent cottage-style complexes south of Regent Street along St. Paul Street. The Regent Street projects would total 30 units.
“This is a positive outcome that demonstrates sometimes voices are heard and due diligence can make a difference,” said Lois Precourt, a Stevens Point resident who worked to get information out about the projects and organize her neighbors over the past two weeks.
The projects would have been managed by CAP Services, a local nonprofit community action agency. “We’re certainly disappointed, though we understand the neighborhood’s concerns,” said Mary Patoka, CAP Services president and CEO. She said CAP Service’s Board will meet soon to consider its options going forward.
Kyle Kearns, the city’s associate planner, said that unless the requests are specifically withdrawn by the applicants, they will still go before the Common Council Monday, Nov. 19, for final consideration. “This would technically go to the Common Council for the public hearing and a vote,” he said.