By ERIN MAYES
Owners David and Lolly Rodgers want to expand Mono Village Apartments to add 24 more units to their existing 78-unit complex.
Tonight, county officials will consider whether to recommend the Rodgers' application be approved to help ease the area's housing shortage.
Forty-seven property owners within 300 feet of the Lolly Lane apartments were sent notices about the planned construction, and 11 wrote letters in response.
Only one was in favor of the plan.
The other 10 cited concerns such as increased traffic, drainage issues, stress on utilities, displacement of wildlife and the effect the expansion would have on property values.
Community Development Department staff members said these concerns, while valid, are resolvable. The Rodgers have agreed to develop in a manner that will minimize damage to the terrain and wildlife, and traffic mitigation fees are being collected to improve roads in the future.
If approved, three new buildings would be added to the complex, which has 13 buildings with 78 two-story, two bedroom apartments, built in 1986. The new apartments would each have one bedroom and one bathroom and would be meeting a need that people in the community have been voicing, Lolly Rodgers said.
"There's no place for people to live," she said. "We've been having more requests for (one-bedroom apartments) than two bedrooms."
Each of the new buildings would be two stories, and each new apartment would be single-level, with a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom comprising about 755 square feet.
David Rodgers and the complex's manager declined to say how much each apartment would rent for.
According to the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors, because the average price of homes in Tuolumne County last year rose by almost 14 percent, excluding Groveland or Lake Don Pedro, rental rates are also higher.
"Some residents are being priced out of the housing market, which puts a greater demand on the rental market," reads a report from the Community Development Department.
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