UPDATE: Council decides to table approval of Woods Estates – Phase 2

UPDATE: Council decides to table approval of Woods Estates – Phase 2

Update (April 15, 2020) – The City Council voted to table the Resolution approving the final plat for Phase 2 of Woods Estates of Riverdale in order to provide Developer Seth Woods with adequate time to judge economic conditions and begin work on the project when he felt the time was right. Based on the recommendation of P&Z Commission co-chair, Wendy Syverud (who attended the meeting remotely), there was some concern that a conditional approval of the plat would set a time limit for Mr. Woods to provide the letter of credit and begin the work, regardless of the state of the economy which is currently reeling from the COVID-19 outbreak.

“If we’re still in lockdown mode in 90 days, then I’m probably not going to do anything this year,” said Mr. Woods during the public hearing that proceeded the decision by the Council. Unlike the first phase of the project, which saw Mr. Woods take on responsibility for over $5 million of construction costs without approval on the sub division plat, he made it very clear that he didn’t intend to begin any work on the site until he’s secured the letter of credit (which provides the financial guarantee the public improvements will be completed) and the City has given its approval of the plat for the phase.

Having an approved plat for the phase means Mr. Woods will be able to subdivide the property into smaller lots that are recorded with Scott County and then sell those lots to home builders and prospective home buyers.


Original Story (April 13, 2020) – After receiving a conditional recommendation from the Riverdale Planning & Zoning Commission for the final plat of the Woods Estates Second Addition, Developer Seth Woods has decided to ask the City Council for conditional approval of the plat – allowing time for the COVID-19 outbreak to run its course. Mr. Woods will make his presentation of the final plat at a public hearing on Tuesday, April 14th and the Council is prepared to review the recommendation from P&Z and provide its approval or denial later on that evening during the Council’s regular meeting.

In a prepared statement to the City Council, Mr. Woods says:

“As you know, the coronavirus outbreak has caused a great deal of economic stress not just here in the Quad Cities but around the world. For my business – as I’m sure is true for many of you – the uncertainty surrounding the economy has made a lot of my customers pull back from where they were just a few weeks ago …

It also makes pushing ahead – right now – with work on this phase a much riskier proposition …

At the Planning & Zoning Meeting, I was set to move ahead with getting our Letter of Credit from BankORION to City Hall by April 10 so things could keep rolling along. A few weeks ago, the Mayor and I discussed the option of delaying a bit as things have continued to get tighter, that’s sounding more and more like a good thing to do.”

Developer Seth Woods reviewing differences in the final plat of Phase 1 versus the approved, preliminary plat (approved in July of 2018).

As a result of the economic distress resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, Mr. Woods is asking the City Council to provide a conditional approval of the plat that restricts him from moving ahead with any construction on the second phase until he’s provided the City with an irrevocable letter of credit that meets with the City’s approval. According to the Mayor, a draft LOC has already been provided and with the exception of a small language change recommended by the P&Z Commission, it appears everything else is in order.

In a cover memo to the City Council outlining the situation and providing some advice on possible “next steps”, the Mayor outlined the three options available:

“Following the public hearing on the plat, Mr. Woods asks the Council to consider the following options:

a.) Approve the plat for Phase 2 but retain the P&Z Commission’s condition that a final, executed letter of credit must be received by the City prior to any construction work beginning on the site (although some material may be delivered and stored on-premises).

b.) Table consideration of the plat approval to a later date – presumably when Mr. Woods provides an executed letter of credit to the City. No further public hearings would be needed at that time, although a motion to reconsider will be on the agenda for each meeting until action is finally taken.

c.) Deny approval of the plat which would then require Mr. Woods to go through the entire process again with Planning & Zoning and Council, including public hearings. This action could be problematic for the City unless there were some clear deficiencies in the plat and engineering drawings submitted, which there weren’t.”

The documents presented to the City Council for review during the public hearing can be found here. A link to an online file containing all of the documents (including engineering drawings) provided to the Planning & Zoning Commission for their review and discussion during their March 24th meeting can be found here.

Planning & Zoning makes conditional recommendation for Woods Estates Phase 2 plat approval

Planning & Zoning makes conditional recommendation for Woods Estates Phase 2 plat approval

At its meeting on Tuesday, March 24th, the Planning & Zoning Commission for the City of Riverdale gave conditional approval to the plans and drawings submitted by Developer Seth Woods for the second phase of the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision. The plans and drawings, which were reviewed by Brent Morlock, an engineer with the City of Bettendorf, were in-line with what was approved with the preliminary plat submitted by Woods in 2018. Other than street name changes made to accommodate requests from Scott County EMS, there were no other significant changes.

The Final Plat of Woods Estates of Riverdale Second Addition (Phase 2)

The Commission did express some concern that a performance guarantee had not been provided with the submission at the time of their review. The City Council of Riverdale had amended the Development Agreement (with the agreement of Mr. Woods) to allow for the posting of either a performance bond or a irrevocable letter of credit in the amount of 125% of the estimated cost of the public improvements to satisfy the performance guarantee requirement. Mr. Woods’ financial institution had provided a copy of a letter of credit, but until a firm start date for the project is provided by the developer, the institution could not provide a hard copy of the letter.

Mr. Woods explained that with the spring weather and the unexpected interruption resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, he was holding off for a little bit before settling on a start date.  Mr. Morlock advised that the City of Bettendorf’s P&Z Commission usually provides approvals of plans and drawings with contingencies and Riverdale’s Commission seemed comfortable with proceeding in a similar manner.

In order to receive a full recommendation by the Commission, Mr. Woods will need to determine a start date for Phase 2 of the subdivision and secure the Letter of Credit. Mayor Bawden, who attended the virtual meeting as well, stated that his impression was that the City Council would not take up formal approval fo the final plat until the Letter of Credit was complete, in-hand and securely files. Mr. Woods agreed.

A Public Hearing by the City Council concerning the approval of the final plat for Phase 2 of Woods Estates is currently scheduled to take place during the Council’s next regular meeting, on April 14. That meeting will be conducted virtually. Information on how interested parties can attend and participate will be posted at City Hall, shared via the City’s online newsletter, posted on this website, and shared on the City’s social media page(s). 

Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission to hold public hearing and meeting re: Woods Estates Subdivision Phase 2

Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission to hold public hearing and meeting re: Woods Estates Subdivision Phase 2

The Planning & Zoning Commission will be holding a public hearing and meeting regarding the proposed plat for the second phase of the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision. The developer, Seth Woods, will be presenting the plans to the Commission and both developer and commission members will be available to answer questions from citizens.

Due to the Governor of Iowa’s recent declaration concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held online via GoToMeeting. More details on how to attend and participate will be added to this post shortly. Please check back or follow the City’s activities on social media for updates.

Information about the meeting


PLACE: The meeting will be held online via GoToMeeting. 
Meeting To Be Held Online via GoToMeeting
Citizens can attend online or via phone.

DATE:  Tuesday, March 24, 2020     TIME:  6:00 P.M.

This meeting of the Riverdale, Iowa Planning & Zoning Commission will be conducted according to the following order and actions will be considered on the items listed. The notice of this meeting is not considered final until 24 hours prior to the meeting and may be further modified if 24 hours notice is impossible or impractical for good cause. 

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state laws, all public hearings and meetings held or sponsored by the city of Riverdale, IA will be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Persons requiring auxiliary aids and services should contact City Hall at (563) 355-2511 five (5) days prior to the hearing or meeting to inform of their anticipated attendance.  

1. Welcome and Roll Call 

2. Review and Approval of the Agenda 

 3. Approval of Minutes March 11, 2020 

 4. Open Public Hearing for Final Plat Phase 2, Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision.   

A. Presentation from Developer Seth Woods – Woods Construction 
B. Determination by City of Bettendorf City Engineer Brent Morlock on behalf of the City of Riverdale 
C. Public Comment 

5. Close Public Hearing 

6. Discussion and Consideration of Recommendation to City Council on the Final Plat Phase 2, Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision 

7. Next Meeting Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (Unless One is Needed Sooner)

8. Adjournment  

Documents for Meeting

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the Planning & Zoning Public Hearing and Meeting on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 (from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 906-941-717

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Long-range completion dates set for Woods Estates subdivision

Long-range completion dates set for Woods Estates subdivision

As part of the review process for the final plat of Phase I or Woods Estates of Riverdale, the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission asked developer Seth Woods to provide a rough timeline for the completion of the 116-home subdivision. That plan showed a new phase of the subdivision being completed each year, running through 2025.

After the first phase final plat was completed, the City began working with Woods Construction & Development to update the existing Development Agreement between the two to reflect the completion schedule as it relates to the turnover of “public improvements” to the City. The original agreement required Mr. Woods to complete all fo the sewers, utilities and roads and turn over everything to the City for maintenance by the end of this current year.

“Obviously, that wasn’t very practical,” said Mayor Mike Bawden. “I don’t think the developer (Woods) would want to invest millions of dollars in infrastructure to meet the deadline and then let the roads sit empty for years while other phases of the subdivision were under construction.”

“In addition to that, I don’t think it would be in the City’s interest to encourage all of the related construction activity, like grading, that would destroy ground cover and open us up to unnecessary erosion problems while the land sat waiting for subdivision, sale and building.”

As a result, Interim City Administrator, Lisa Kotter worked with Woods’ attorney to create an addendum to the Development agreement that phased the turnover of public improvements to coincide with the expected development of the subdivision on a phase-by-phase basis.

The resolution (Resolution 2020-19) was passed by the City Council on an unanimous voice vote.

Woods Estates of Riverdale is officially “open for business”

Woods Estates of Riverdale is officially “open for business”

On a chilly Wednesday morning (February 5th), Mayor Mike Bawden cut the ribbon to officially open the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision to the public.

Developer Seth Woods and members of his family, Council Members Anthony Heddlesten and Paul DCamp and others were present along with Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane, PVCSD Superintendent Brian Strusz, members of the Quad City Chamber of Commerce, Riverdale Interim City Administrator Lisa Kotter and nearly two dozen other people braved the wind and freezing temperature to participate.

Woods Estates will double Riverdale’s population

In some opening remarks, Mayor Bawden explained to those in attendance that Woods Estates was a significant addition to the City of Riverdale. The 116 lots, filled with single-family homes, are expected to double the population of the city (currently around 405) and will add an estimated 30-35% to the community’s property value.

“This is truly a historic occasion for our little city,” Mayor Bawden said. “Not only is it the first significant real estate development in Riverdale in over forty years, but as it turns out, Woods Estates is the premier housing subdivision in the Quad Cities.” Houses are expected to sell for $450,000 and up and will be built by Mr. Woods’ company as well as other, select homebuilders. The entire subdivision is represented by Sarah DeWulf and Pieter Hanson of Mel Foster Company.

A development challenge

Mayor Bawden made a special effort to explain the challenges Mr. Woods and his company took on by choosing to develop the former Welch Farm on the top of Riverdale Hill overlooking the Mississippi Valley. “There are all kinds of springs, bedrock and unexpected challenges that made putting a road into the addition from State Street particularly challenging,” he said. “We salute Seth’s persistence and determination to make things work and are excited to see him, his family and his company succeed.”

In the nearly two years that Woods Development and Construction worked on preparing the site for houses, Mr. Woods and his company had to face record rainfalls, mudslides, sub-surface bedrock, persistent springs and the expected complaints and concerns from neighbors upset about dust, dirt, lights and noise.

“It was tough at the start,” confessed the mayor. “But over time, the City and Woods Development and Construction have established a working rapport that continues to improve as the project takes shape, property is sold, homes are built and new neighbors move in. If Seth and his company succeed, Riverdale succeeds, it’s that simple.”

Sales of lots in the first phase of the project that opened on Wednesday have been brisk with over 60% of the lots selling as soon as the final plat was approved. Woods Development is currently pulling together engineering drawings for the second phase of the project (there are six phases in total) which should be presented to the City for approvals this spring.

Council accepts public improvements related to Phase 1 of Woods Estates Subdivision at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.

Council accepts public improvements related to Phase 1 of Woods Estates Subdivision at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.

(Updated: 01-29-2020) The City Council accepted the conveyance of the public improvements offered by Woods Construction and Development on a unanimous vote.

(Original Story: 01-27-2020)

A drawing showing the public right-of-way and easements related to Phase 1 public improvements for Woods Estates of Riverdale. (click to enlarge)

Tuesday evening, at its regular meeting, the City Council of Riverdale will consider accepting the “public improvements” associated with the first phase of the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdvision. This means the City will receive and promise to maintain the sanitary sewer, storm sewer and street paving construction as part of the overall infrastructure for Riverdale. Not included in the conveyance at this time are the outlots (A and B) and detention basins located adjacent to the first phase.

Acceptance of the public improvements makes the intersection and first part of Madison Drive, Gwenyth Way and Mason Lane “city streets” that Riverdale will need to maintain and anyone who moves into homes on those streets will receive the same services (i.e. garbage/recycling pick-up, street cleaning and snow plowing) that all other Riverdale residents receive.

With the first homes currently under construction, it’s entirely possible people could be living in Woods Estates by during the second half of this year.

Notes and Conditions

There are certain conditions the developer needed to meet in order to hand over the streets and infrastructure to the City. As spelled out in the Development Agreement between Riverdale and Woods Construction & Development, those conditions are:

The sub-contractors who installed the sewers, built the roads, etc. need to stand behind their work for two years. That guarantee is provided in the form of a Maintenance Bond worth approximately $900k. Additionally, KE Flatwork, the sub-contractor who did the road paving will provide an additional, 2-year guarantee on a portion of Madison Drive that was not completely inspected prior to final paving to ensure no settling that might cause cracking or other problems with the road.

Woods Construction needed to show evidence that all costs related to the construction and installation of the public improvements were paid. Seth Woods provided waivers from all of his sub-contractors showing payment in full.

The construction of the public improvements needed to be completed in compliance with engineering drawings supplied and ok’d by the City. The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, reviewed the work against the approved drawings and provided a written opinion to the City that the work did, in fact, meet the requirements set forth in those plans and drawings.

Finally, Woods needed to promise to finish striping the road and marking the intersection with lanes once weather permitted this spring. Everyone agreed that trying to stripe/paint during the winter would be ineffective.

Planning & Zoning makes conditional recommendation for Woods Estates Phase 2 plat approval

Official opening of Woods Estates of Riverdale set for February 5th

An official ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of Woods Estates of Riverdale has been set for 11am on Wednesday, February 5th. Residents of the city are invited to attend and join city officials, representatives from Woods Construction and Development and members of the Quad City Chamber of Commerce to mark the occasion.

If you’re unable to attend the event, don’t worry. We’ll add pictures and links to coverage of the event after it occurs to this post on our website.

New traffic signals at Arconic gate entrance should be operational by January 8th.

New traffic signals at Arconic gate entrance should be operational by January 8th.

Woods Estates of Riverdale developer, Seth Woods, informed the city that he’s finally received confirmation of a plan to have the new traffic control lights at the Arconic main entrance operational by the close of business on Tuesday, January 7th.

“Davenport Electric is done. MobioTrex is contracted by them (DECCO) and the City of Bettendorf to do the hook up in the control box and that is scheduled for January 7th – which is the soonest they were available to come.” Mr. Woods then continued, “If nothing goes wrong, the lights will be working by the end of the day.”

Concerns about the way traffic was being handled at the intersection of State Street/Hwy 67 and the new Madison Drive (leading into Woods Estates) have been raised by citizens, Arconic, the City and the Developer. The mayor and Mr. Woods have been busy contacting contractors and Bettendorf and DOT officials to try and accelerate bringing the new lights at the intersection on line.

The result has been a reduction in the time usually required to bring new lights and cameras online. “It usually takes as long as a year to get everything done,” explained Mr. Woods. The light poles (with lights and cameras) were installed at the intersection less than 90 days ago.

In the interim, the Developer erected a temporary stop sign to remind motorists leaving the Woods Estates subdivision they had to stop and yield to traffic on State Street.

But what about the lights at Bellingham?

For residents wanting to know the status of the lights and cameras at the Bellingham/State Street intersection (near the entrance to Brenny’s), work on that intersection is not currently scheduled. The City and Arconic will be meeting in 2020 to discuss the future of Bellingham Road which has not been significantly improved since its construction nearly 60 years ago. The cost of bringing Bellingham Road up to SUDAS standards is estimated to be $1.5 – $2 million and will require support from sources other than the City of Riverdale.

The lights at the intersection are in need of new cameras, timing and integration into the traffic control system managed by the City of Bettendorf. The estimated cost for that is $25 – $30,000 and would, ideally, be included in the re-build of Bellingham Road, if that project can get funded.

So, for now, no modifications are planned for that intersection.

Riverdale P&Z recommends approval of Woods Estates Phase 1 final plat

Riverdale P&Z recommends approval of Woods Estates Phase 1 final plat

Riverdale’s Planning & Zoning Commission met for the first time in 2019 on Wednesday, December 18th, to hold a public hearing and eventually pass along their recommendation to the City Council to approve the final plat for the first phase of the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision. The nearly 2-1/2 hour meeting included a lengthy

Developer Seth Woods reviewing differences in the final plat of Phase 1 versus the approved, preliminary plat (approved in July of 2018).

discussion of the project in general with developer Seth Woods present to answer questions from the public and commissioners.

All commissioners were present either in person or telephonically with the exception of Jim Behrens. With P&Z Chair Bill Briesch out of town (but present via speakerphone), Vice Chair Wendy Syverud ran the meeting and gaveled the public hearing into order a little after 7pm.

Vice Chair Syverud explained to the nearly 20 people present that letters had been sent to all property owners owning land within 1,000 feet of the boundaries of Phase 1 informing them of the hearing and pending action before the Commission. She also reviewed the facts that letters asking for comment had also been sent to MSA Professional Services (the City of Riverdale’s engineering consultant) and various Scott County departments as required by law. While a response has been received from MSA, no residents or county officials had responded with questions or concerns as of the time of the meeting.

MSA Professional Services letter provides review of entire project to-date

The final review/recommendation letter from Engineer Chris Cooper (of MSA Professional Services) provided a comprehensive review of the steps taken to review and document progress on the Woods Estates project. Together with attachments showing correspondence and notes where necessary, the document provides a clear summary as to where the project currently stands and what final items still need to be completed even after the approval of the final plat.

Several pages of engineering drawings for the phase (prepared by the Developer’s engineering firm, J+M) were marked up by Mr. Cooper and sent along to the City to help explain/illustrate some of the items discussed in his correspondence.

Concerns about Woods Estates from Deerbrook residents

Also in attendance at the public hearing were several residents from the Deerbrook neighborhood in Bettendorf whose property either abuts or looks into the back-end of the Woods Estates subdivision. Comments ranged from surprise to concern about wildlife, erosion problems and the increased possibilities for home invasions and property crimes in the neighborhood.

Developer Seth Woods shows the location of green space between the entire Woods Estates subdivision and the Deerbrook neighborhood in Bettendorf.

While none of the concerns related to the approval of the Phase 1 final plat, both the members of the P&Z Commission and other city officials present (most notably, the city administrator and mayor) tried to address each issue. Concerns about preserving wildlife habitat and dealing with erosion problems in the waterway running from the end of Fieldcrest around the northwest corner of the city and between the subdivisions were discussed extensively.

City resident Steve Townsend explained how important it was that the wild areas Deerbrook residents wanted to see remain undisturbed be managed in a way to reduce the amount of invasive vegetation and to work on improving the quality of timber in the area. Mayor Mike Bawden explained that although the goal is to have the area remain a fairly undisturbed wild space, there would have to be some construction activity in the ravine in the near future to deal with the drainage issues.

The residents most concerned about the plight of the deer and other creatures living in the wilderness behind their homes were invited to participate in the City’s on-going parks planning process to they could contribute their thoughts and suggestions for consideration as Riverdale formalizes its parks and land management strategy for the future.

Developer answers questions remaining from October 2018 P&Z meeting

Following the public hearing, the P&Z Commission continued with its meeting and took up consideration of its recommendation regarding the approval of the final plat for Phase 1.

The three main issues raised by the commission at that time were:

  • The need for design covenants for the subdivision.
  • The lack of any kind of written plan for the replacement of trees/foliage resulting from the developer’s activities.
  • The failure to reimburse the City of Riverdale for out-of-pocket costs incurred on behalf of the project.

Developer Seth Woods explains how future phases will be presented to the P&Z Commission and City Council with production timelines for each phase.

Mr. Woods addressed the questions about architectural covenants for the subdivision by showing that covenants (reviewed and approved by the City’s attorney and administrator) were completed and part of the record provided for review. Mr. Woods also invited any commissioner or resident interested in viewing those covenants at work to visit the Walsh Pointe development on Utica Ridge Road (across from Crow Valley). The covenants Mr. Woods established for Woods Estates are the same.

Next, Mr. Woods reviewed the foliage plan for Woods Estates and explained that he would be replacing the trees taken out as part of the development process with more than 1,000, higher quality trees. Documents provided earlier to the Riverdale City Council and then to the P&Z Commission showed photos of how the landscaping would look (again, using Woods’ own Walsh Pointe development as an example).

Finally, with regard to the financial situation between the City of Riverdale and Woods Development, the mayor reviewed the details of the “agreement in principal” between the two parties and explained that an addendum to the current Development Agreement that spells out how expenses and reimbursement are to be handled in more precise language than what currently exists.

Plans for the future of Woods Estates of Riverdale

Mr. Woods expressed some regret as to how the first phase of this project progressed and told the commission he plans on presenting the final plat for Phase 2 earlier on in the process and won’t begin work on any of the infrastructure (roads and utilities) until he’s received approval on the plan. He also said he would provide a timeline for each phase as they are presented – both a requirement of the City’s ordinance and a helpful communications tool to make the entire process run more smoothly.

Following the open discussion, members of the Commission seemed satisfied and voted to recommend approval of the final plat of Phase 1 to the City Council.

The Council will meet to consider acceptance of the Phase 1 final plat following a public hearing on Tuesday, January 7 at 7pm.



Planning and Zoning Commission to review Woods Estates Phase 1 materials

Planning and Zoning Commission to review Woods Estates Phase 1 materials

The Planning & Zoning Commission of Riverdale will be holding a public hearing and convening a meeting to review, consider and take action regarding their recommendation to the City Council as to whether or not the final plat for Phase 1 of Woods Estates of Riverdale should be approved for sub-division. 

Below, you’ll find links to documents sent to the commissioners for their review. More documents will be added as they become available.

•  Approval of Subdivision Plat by the County Auditor 
•  Assessment Waiver 
•  Certificate of Attorney 
•  Certificate of County Treasurer 
•  Certificate of Owner – Ingleby 
•  Certificate of Owner – Woods 
•  Engineering Drawings 
•  Hold Harmless Agreement 
•  Surveyor’s Certificate

The public hearing is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday, December 18th in the Community Room at City Hall.

Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission to hold public hearing and meeting re: Woods Estates Subdivision Phase 2

Public hearings on the Phase 1 plat for Woods Estates set

Dates for the public hearings on the final plat for Phase 1 of Woods Estates of Riverdale have been set. The following letter went to households and property owners located within 1,000 of the plat under review/consideration:

Public Hearing:
Notice of Consideration for Final Plat Approval
for the Woods Estates Subdivision in Riverdale

You are being sent this notice of a Riverdale Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing and City Council Public Hearing since you reside or own property that is within 1,000 feet, more or less, of the proposed Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision Phase 1. These hearings will be held as noted below, and you are welcome to attend one or both and to be heard during the public hearings portion of the meetings.


Notice is hereby given that the Riverdale Planning & Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider the request for approval of the final plat of Phase 1 for the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers of Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive, Riverdale, Iowa 52722.

Notice is hereby given that the Riverdale City Council will also conduct a public hearing to consider the request for approval of the final plat of Phase 1 for the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers of Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive, Riverdale, Iowa 52722.

These hearing are both to be held pursuant to Sections 25.04 and 27.03 of the Riverdale Subdivision Ordinance and Chapter 362.3 of the Iowa Code, for the purpose of determining that the final plat and plans meet the minimum requirements of the City’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.

All interested persons are invited to appear and be heard at the time and places listed above. Interested persons are also encouraged to submit written comments on these proposals to the City of Riverdale, Zoning Administrator, by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 for the Planning and Zoning Meeting and Thursday, January 2, 2020 for the City Council Meeting. Additional information is available at riverdaleiowa.com or from the Zoning Administrator by calling (563) 355-2511.

To review all of the material provided for review by the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council, click here (please note: the web page will be updated as more material becomes available).

Council approves extension to Woods Estates of Riverdale preliminary plat.

Council approves extension to Woods Estates of Riverdale preliminary plat.

A special meeting of the Riverdale City Council was held on Monday evening (December 2nd) to consider extending the preliminary plat for the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision. The extension was requested by Woods’s attorney, Joseph Judge of Lane & Waterman. You can view that request here.

According to the City’s Subdivision Ordinance, the Council can grant an extension to a preliminary plat if a request is received from the subdivider and the Planning & Zoning Commission Chair provides his advice on the matter. In this case, the Commission Chair, Bill Briesch, advised against granting the extension, citing a variety of questions about the project and a desire for residents to be able to weigh in with their questions as well.

Residents present at the Council Meeting were granted time to ask questions and state their concerns for the record as part of the meeting. Mayor Mike Bawden added that while he shared the concern expressed by Chairman Briesch, there would be – in the mayor’s opinion – adequate time for people and P&Z Commissioners to research and ask questions as part of the review process for the final plat, but that the review of the final plat could not move forward if the preliminary plat was not extended.

The mayor also explained that the information originally reviewed and approved in the preliminary plat the first time (nearly 18 months earlier) had not changed. That information included:

•   a preliminary drawing showing the entire subdivision,

•   an example of the size of the proposed retention basins for the development (as an overlay over an existing subdivision), and

•   an elevation drawing showing the projected outflow of retained storm water from the proposed basins.

In the end, the resolution extending the expiration date for the preliminary plat passed on a vote of 4-0 (Council Member Chanon was not present to vote).