Gas utility cooperating with plans to build walking path along Woodside Village southern edge

The easement is a wide grass strip that runs east from Rainbow Blvd.
The easement is a wide grass strip that runs east from Rainbow Blvd.

Architects working on the Woodside Village development project Monday said that Southern Star gas utility is cooperating with the development on plans for a walking trail at the south edge of the property.

Southern Star has a 50-foot easement with a buried gas service line in it that borders the south side of the last phase of the Woodside development. That portion of the project will involve retail and residential south of 47th Place.

The developer in February first showed the Westwood Planning Commission the plans for creating a trail that was bermed and heavily landscaped.

Architects Monday said Southern Star is cooperating with the proposal, but required several changes from the original landscape drawings. Among those are having no trees planted in the easement and limiting the landscaping to shrubs and grasses no bigger than 5-feet tall. Southern Star also does not want lighting in the easement, but the architects proposed lighting on the Woodside property that would help illuminate the path.

The gas utility also requires that no planters be bolted down and the berms be limited to 7 feet above the pipeline which is buried 3 feet underground. The utility’s requirements are all based on the possibility of its crews needing emergency access to the pipeline.

Westwood administrator Fred Sherman also reminded the planning commission that the pathway currently only applies to the easement bordering the Woodside property and not extending all the way to State Line Road. That would require cooperation of other property owners and plans to negotiate a steeper grade.

Drawings of the revised proposal.
Drawings of the revised proposal.