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SPECIAL TOWN HALL MEETING: Discussing the proposed Urban Renewal Plan for the Fenno Hill Area, called for Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:00pm.

SPECIAL TOWN HALL MEETING: Discussing the proposed Urban Renewal Plan for the Fenno Hill Area, called for Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:00pm.

A special town hall meeting concerning the proposed Urban Renewal Plan for the Fenno Hill Area in the City of Riverdale will take place on Tuesday evening, November 17th at 7:00pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall.

Attendance at this meeting is limited online, only.

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 9:30 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: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

This meeting is informational and participatory. It will be recorded and shared via social media and posted to the City’s website, as well.

Chair: Mayor, Mike Bawden

  • Review of the proposed Urban Renewal Area under consideration
  • Review of the projects that make up the proposed Urban Renewal Plan
  • Estimated costs of all projects included in the proposed Urban Renewal Plan
  • Funding options to be considered to pay for the projects in the Urban Renewal Plan
  • How TIF Funding might be employed in support of the Urban Renewal Plan
  • Rough timeline for discussion/consideration/action
  • Adjourn

 

 

Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting set for September 24 at 7pm

Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting set for September 24 at 7pm

The Planning & Zoning Commission will be holding its regularly-scheduled public meeting Thursday evening, September 24, 2020 at 7pm..

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.

7ttending the Meeting Online

To attend the Planning & Zoning Public Hearing and Meeting on Thu, September 24, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 88:00 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: 804-659-765

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call:(571) 317-3122 and use the access code (804-659-765) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/804659765 to download the app.

complecomplete Agenda 

CITY OF RIVERDALE
PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION
MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA  

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

DATE:  Thursday, September 24, 2020     TIME:  7:00 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 24, 2020 

4. Accept Resignation of Bill Briesch

5. Welcome New Member

6. Discussion of Proposed R3 Zoning

7. Discussion of Minor Plat Sketch Plan for Proposed Development on Belmont Road

8. Discussion of Proposed Street Name Change in Woods Estates Subdivision

9. Set Next Meeting for Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (at 7pm)

10. Adjournment  

Documents

P&Z Commission Packet (includes complete agenda and updated minutes)

Revised Minutes for Consideration and Approval

Belmont Project Site Plan

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 Meeting set for September 24 at 7pm

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

CITY OF RIVERDALE 
PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION 
MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA  

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

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (786) 535-3211 and use the access code (906-941-717) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/906941717 to download the app.

Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting set for September 24 at 7pm

Public hearing on acceptance of phase 1 plat for Woods Estates of Riverdale set for Tuesday, 01/07

(UPDATE: 01/06/20) The public hearing detailed below will now take place as a part of the special meeting of the Riverdale City Council scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th at 7pm. The contents of the hearing will be as explained in the original story (below), but the two meetings will be merged into one proceeding.

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Woods Estates of Riverdale

(Original Story) Following a vote for a positive recommendation to the City Council by the Planning & Zoning Commission earlier this month, the phase 1 plat for the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision is now moving on to the City Council for its review and consideration.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, January 7th. At that meeting, Riverdale residents will be given a re-cap of the presentation and discussion that occurred as part of the December 18, 2019 P&Z Meeting and afforded an opportunity to provide their input on whether or not the Phase 1 plat should be accepted and ask questions related to the subdivision of the first phase of the Woods Estates Project.

Following the public hearing, the City Council will hold a special meeting to consider the acceptance of the Phase 1 plat.

 

Agenda and supporting documents

An agenda for the public hearing (and appropriate supporting documents) will be posted to this web page on or before Friday, January 3rd as a convenience to residents and concerned parties.

A complete set of documents for the public hearing is available for viewing at City Hall during regular office hours.

 

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 Meeting set for September 24 at 7pm

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 OF PUBLIC HEARING
CITY OF RIVERDALE, IOWA
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
FINAL PLAT REVIEW
WOODS ESTATES SUBDIVISION

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 changes to the Planning & Zoning Commission

Council approves changes to the Planning & Zoning Commission

In two separate Council actions, the Riverdale City Council accepted the resignation of Planning & Zoning Commissioner Kevin Adams (who will be taking a seat on the City Council in January) and then appointed long-time resident, Teri Stickler, to the board.

“We’ve appreciated everything Kevin has done on the P&Z Commission and look forward to having him join us on the City Council in January,” said Mayor Mike Bawden. “Kevin is always interested in knowing and understanding the various issues that lie behind everything we do – and that’s a tremendous benefit to both the Council and the community.”

Kevin was appointed to the commission in January of 2019 and was going to serve the balance of a five-year term expiring on December 31, 2023. His appointment to the Riverdale City Council starts on January 1, although he won’t be officially sworn into office until the first meeting of the Council in early January. An individual is prohibited by law from serving on both a city’s council and planning and zoning commission at the same time.

A copy of the resolution accepting Kevin’s resignation can be found here.

Teri Stickler attended Monday’s meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission so she would be informed as to where things stood on the upcoming review/recommendation for the Phase 1 Final Plat of the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision. As a member of the commission, she will be tasked with participating in the upcoming public hearing and deliberations by the council whether to recommend approval of the plat or not. 

Teri’s term on the commission will expire on December 31, 2023.

A copy of the resolution appointing Teri to the P&Z Commission can be found here.

Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting set for September 24 at 7pm

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting scheduled for 12-09-19

A meeting of the City of Riverdale’s Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled for 7pm on Monday, December 9th at City Hall.

The meeting is a planned work session for the Commission to discuss, in general terms, about their role in the final plat review and approval process for the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision which they will be conducting over the next three to six weeks (approximately).

The meeting is not going to include any deliberations about recommending or not recommending approval of the final plat by the City Council – but rather will make city attorneys available to the Commission so they can ask questions about their responsibilities, what to expect at the public hearing and how to work through the review/recommendation process.

A copy of the agenda for that meeting can be found here.

 

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).

Special City Council Meeting planned to extend Woods Estates preliminary plat on Monday.

Special City Council Meeting planned to extend Woods Estates preliminary plat on Monday.

A special meeting of the Riverdale City Council is planned for 6:30 pm on Monday, December 2nd to grant an extension for the preliminary plat of the Woods Estates of Riverdale project. The meeting is scheduled to take place in Council Chambers prior to the public intake meeting for the FY21 budget, which is scheduled for 7pm.

A copy of the agenda for that meeting can be found here.

In a letter to the Mayor, dated November 29, Woods’s legal counsel, Joseph Judge, requested an extension for the preliminary plat to March 1, 2020 to allow for enough time to allow the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council to review the final plat, hold public hearings required by the City’s Subdivision Ordinance and take action.

“This firm (Lane & Waterman, LLP) represents Woods Construction & Development, Inc. (Woods), owner and developer of the plated property referenced above. On behalf of Woods, we hereby request an extension of the preliminary plat and the time period for filing and approval fo the final plat to March 1, 2020. We hope and expect that that final plat will be approved well before that time.”

A copy of that letter can be found here.

The City Council was prepared to take action on the initial plat extension request at its last regular meeting (held on November 26), but questions as to whether or not the preliminary plat approval had expired led to the Mayor and City Council to table the action pending further review. The initial plat had been approved in a previous City Council meeting (held in early July of 2018) and expired in February of this year.

Woods Development Subdivision Plat (Preliminary)

In order for the City Council to consider granting a new extension to the preliminary plat, a written request for the extension must be received from the subdivider (Woods) and the chair of the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission must advise on the extension (ref. Subdivision Ordinance, Ch 25.07).  Earlier today (Sunday, 12/01), the Co-Chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission, Bill Briesch, wrote that he was not comfortable with recommending the extension:

“I do not believe that we should extend the plat agreement as suggested. I believe the P and Z members as well as the residents should have the opportunity to be updated and able to voice, comment and vote their concerns.”

The Mayor disagrees with the P&Z Co-Chair.

“While I concur with the Chair that residents and commission members should have an opportunity to provide input on the subdivision plans, the preliminary plat doesn’t provide the detail required to have a substantive conversation. Furthermore, there have not been any changes made to the preliminary plat since its recommendation by P&Z and subsequent approval by the Council a little over eighteen months ago,” explained Mayor Mike Bawden.

“That’s why we felt it was appropriate to move ahead with granting the extension and focusing our time and efforts on getting the final subdivision plat through our review process. People have a limited amount of time during the holidays and it didn’t seem prudent to ask our P&Z Commissioners and City Council Members to take extra time out of their schedule just to “rubber stamp” the preliminary plat so the community can move on to reviewing and commenting on all of the detail provided with the final documentation on the subdivision plat.”

The City has received all of the required documents so the Planning & Zoning Commission can begin their review of the final plat for Woods Estates of Riverdale. The Commission will conduct a public hearing prior to considering and recommending approval or rejection of the final plat to the City Council. Dates for the public hearing and meeting of the P&Z Commission have yet to be set.

What happens next.

The special meeting of the City Council is still scheduled to take place on Monday evening. But a meeting with the City’s corporate counsel, staff and city leadership will take place earlier in the day to see what options are available to address concerns raised by the Planning & Zoning Co-Chair and by the Mayor. If the meeting is cancelled or re-scheduled, City Council Members will be notified by email and phone and an updated post will be made to the City’s website and social media.