City wants more information before decision on Traditions
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 9:05 AM
The city of Decorah is waiting for more information from the developers of a proposed apartment complex on Decorah's west side before the Decorah City Council will consider a project site plan for the project.
Last month, the Decorah Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to recommend the Council approve a site plan for the 60-unit complex on a 3.8-acre property located along Serenity Drive.
The recommendation is subject to the developers providing a performance bond, in an amount yet to be determined, to ensure public improvements they are required to do are completed, according to City Manager Chad Bird.
Bird said last month, he thought that information would be completed by Monday night's Council meeting. However, he told the Council Monday he hadn't received all the required information needed.
Council member Jody Niess said when the topic is on the agenda, citizens would likely "fill" Council chambers.
Mayor Don Arendt agreed.
"There's a lot of interest in it," he said.
Many of the neighboring property owners are opposed to the project, and some of them have hired attorney Karl Knudson of Decorah to represent them.
Before the Commission meeting last month, he submitted several documents detailing why the site plan should be denied. He said the Traditions apartment proposal would breach previous agreements reached between the neighbors and Eldon Tucker of Decorah, who formerly owned the property.
According to Knudson, Tucker and Northern Iowa Development obtained approval of a site plan for the Riverwalk condominium project "largely funded with a $416,132 tax increment financing agreement from the city in return for agreements to scale back the development to provide less density and more aesthetically pleasing development."