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Developers of a proposed 61-lot residential subdivision in the City View area of north Longview are in the final phase of a decades-long effort to create hundreds of dwelling units and will come before the Longview City Council for approval on Thursday.

The developer, Homesite Development Group LLC of Woodland, would construct the 23-acre Vale at Overlook subdivision in two phases, the first of which would create 32 lots off of Gibbs and Eliana lanes.

Plans also include nearly 5 acres of open space. One of the Longview Planning Commission’s 14 conditions is that the developer design and install a “moderately developed nature trail in the open space.”

The single family lots range in size from about 6,600 to 12,600 square feet. The entire property is classified as medium density residential.

The Arthur C Piculell Living Trust owns the property. Lee Piculell, who represents Homesite Development Group, is the primary contact for the project.

Environmental review of the entire project was completed in 1991. Some of the northern lots contain or are adjacent to steep slopes, according to the city.

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“Erosion control will be a primary concern throughout development,” the city said in its report. “Extensive clearing and re-grading of slopes is required to develop these last phases of the master plan.”

Following a public hearing on Aug. 21, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the preliminary application, according to council documents.

The project master plan for City View Terrace first was approved in 1974 and included 85 single-family homes and 715 apartments, townhouses and condos, according to the city. Parts of the plan were constructed throughout the 1970s.

Then in the 1990s, the project was revised to include 50 acres of open space and reduce the units from 800 to 321, according to council documents. About 31 of these lots became the Hill Estates PUD.

The Vale at Overlook project is a “direct continuation of the previously approved 1991 master plan,” according to the city.

The council’s meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday in City Hall.

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