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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.


Beran and Struve named to the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission

Beran and Struve named to the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission

Long-time residents Jim Beran and Jeff Struve were appointed to fill open seats on the City’s Planning & Zoning meeting during the City Council’s Meeting on September 24, 2019.

With the appointment, the Mayor pointed out that it looked like both the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals could be much busier in 2020 as Woods Estates of Riverdale starts selling its first lots in Phase I and homes start construction. The mayor also reminded members of the City Council that there was still an open seat on the ZBA and that if Kevin Adams gets elected to City Council (he’s running unopposed), Mr. Adams will need to resign his seat on the P&Z Commission and another citizen will need to be appointed in his place.

A current list of P&Z Commissioners and ZBA Members can be found by clicking here.

The work of both bodies is facilitated/administered by the Riverdale’s City Administrator, Tim Long. Residents interested in serving on either committee are encouraged to call Mr. Long at City Hall during regular business hours at 563-355-2511.

In search of residents willing to help manage the city’s growth

In search of residents willing to help manage the city’s growth

(Updated: 09/12/19) As of today, two new community members have volunteered to serve on the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission. Thanks to Jeff Struve and Jim Beran for volunteering! The City is still looking for one more P&Z Commission Member whose term will expire at the end of 2021.

The City is also on the lookout for one or two more volunteers to serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustments. This group meets to discuss requested variances to the City’s zoning ordinances that aren’t granted by the City Council. If you are interested in helping out, please contact City Administrator Tim Long at: 563-355-2511 or by email at

(Original Story: 09/11/19) The City of Riverdale needs more volunteers who are willing to fill vacant seats and serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustments. These groups will meet once a quarter (more frequently if so determined) to provide timely review and comments on development plats and planned improvements to buildings and other structures within the City’s limits.

Both the Zoning Board of Adjustments and the P&Z Commission are managed by City Administrator, Tim Long, who makes sure each volunteer receives information on a timely basis, has their questions answered and provides for adequate public notice of upcoming meetings, etc.

If you’re interested in serving, please contact Tim Long at: 563-355-2511 or by email at:

In search of residents willing to help manage the city’s growth

Planning & Zoning Commission to meet October 18, 2018

A meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission of the City of Riverdale has been called for Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Community Room at City Hall. An official notice will appear in the Quad-City Times on Thursday, October 11th and will be posted to the City’s public notice board on the North side of City Hall.

The meeting is a public hearing and will involve reviewing the final plat for the first phase of the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision, developed by Seth Woods and Woods Development.

Notices will be sent to every resident of Riverdale, per City code.

The Woods Estates Subdivision is a 94.69 acre residential subdivision located southwest of Manor Drive and northwest of State Street/US 67 and was formerly known as the Welch farm. Phase I of the subdivision covers approximately 17.7 acres and includes thirteen sign family lots and two outlets for the stormwater management detention basins which will be used for the entire subdivision.

All interested persons are invited to appear and be heard at the meeting. Interested persons are also encouraged to submit written comments on these proposals. Comments should be sent to:

Tim Long, Zoning Administrator
Riverdale City Hall
110 Manor Drive
Riverdale, IA 52722

Written comments must be received by 5pm on Thursday, October 18.

If you have any further questions, you can reach Mr. Long by calling City Hall: 563-355-2511

In search of residents willing to help manage the city’s growth

Wendy Syverud named to Riverdale’s Planning and Zoning Commission


Riverdale resident Wendy Syverud will be put forward as Mayor Mike Bawden’s latest appointment to the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission at the next meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Syverud has a history of actively questioning the City on the enforcement of its various sub-division ordinances and zoning regulations, specifically as it relates to the Woods Estates development.

“My interest in nominating Wendy was not in finding ways to frustrate the developer on the Woods Estates project, but rather to make sure the concerns in the community about compliance with standing ordinances, the terms of the development agreement and other issues are identified and brought forward, considered and addressed in a timely manner,” explained Bawden.

“In my book, Wendy’s involvement on the P&Z Commission will require all of us to be more deliberate in communicating where things stand on projects and what the community can expect to come next,” he continued.

“We all know a sub-division will be built on the former Welch Farm property, it’s now incumbent on those of us in leadership positions in the City to make sure it’s done right and in a way that’s mutually beneficial to both the developer and the community.”

A final decision on the leadership structure for the commission will also be announced at the City Council meeting on September 11th.

Planning & Zoning Commission asks developer to address concerns on Woods Estate water detention area

Planning & Zoning Commission asks developer to address concerns on Woods Estate water detention area

An open public meeting has been scheduled to discuss neighborhood security issues following the break-ins and theft of a car from the hilltop on Saturday August 11th. The meeting will be chaired by Council Member Paul DCamp and will focus on identifying possible steps the City and its residents can take to prevent criminal acts in our neighborhoods.

As currently envisioned, there will be two or three meetings of this Crime Prevention Task Force over the coming weeks. The group’s mission is to research and discuss options that will then be presented to Council for discussion and possible action.

The meeting is open to residents of Riverdale and we encourage your participation.