BERLIN – A new housing development could be in the works in Berlin, adding to the city’s already busy list of residential development projects.

At its regular meeting on Monday, the Berlin City Council held an upcoming public hearing to seek feedback from nearby residents and landowners regarding “Berlin Acres”, a four-home development project which, if approved approved, would be located along County Road 1615.

The development calls for the construction of four homes on four adjoining lots just north of the Community Center ballpark, with each lot measuring approximately 0.4 acres (16,775 square feet). Owner Silvia Nino is a Berlin resident who lives on land adjacent to the site; Nino was represented before the council on Monday by local estate agent Richard Neese.

Berlin has no current zoning ordinance, although the development is a minor subdivision with homes ranging in size from 1,326 to 1,636 square feet. Each house would come with an attached garage and would be situated on four adjoining plots which adjoin CR 1615 on its north side.

The public hearing will take place at the next regular meeting of the municipal council, which will take place on Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The City will also notify owners; those whose land adjoins the proposed development, in advance by mail. To accommodate potentially larger turnout posed by the development proposal as well as a business licensing ordinance on the agenda for next month’s meeting, the meeting will be held at the Berlin Community Center rather than its usual location at Berlin City Hall.

In other business at its regular meeting, the council:

  • Agreed to consider holding a vote to pass the city’s first-ever business licensing ordinance at the regular council meeting in May.
  • Agreed to address work on the city’s planned drainage mitigation project along County Road 747 near the Berlin Hardware and Farm Supply property as an economic development project, paving the way for a grant application future that could potentially provide partial funding for the project through the Cullman County Community Development Commission.
  • Agreed to apply for future grants to fund a portion of the city’s upcoming purchase of public playground equipment through the Alabama Association of Resource Development and Conservation (RC&D). Once solicited, bids for equipment will go to suppliers whose equipment is pre-approved under the terms of insurance provider AMIC (the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation).
  • Discussed, but took no action, the City’s consideration of adopting a policy and fee structure for print copies to accommodate media and media requests for public records. members of the public. The subject should provisionally appear on the agenda of the next regular meeting of the council.
  • Awarded lowest bid for Porta-Potty services at Farmers Market to Remlap-based A-Plus portable toilets, costing $90 for every four weeks of use.
  • Surplus declared a mound of topsoil, for sale and removal on the north side of the Farmers Market property.
  • Approved the minutes of the March 21 regular council meeting.

Benjamin Bullard can be reached by phone at 256-734-2131 ext. 234.