Subdivision talks progress

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A fast-paced work session involving a planning consultant and design engineer helped Oak Creek trustees and developers of the proposed Sierra View subdivision progress in their discussions of the project.

One focus of the discussion was water rights. The town would require the development to provide or pay for certain water rights before the town will annex the subdivision.

Using information from water resource consultant Kent Holt, town trustees suggested that the developers pay $1,000 per acre foot of water needed and that they assign a need of 0.7 acre feet per housing unit.

With a total of 70 proposed units, that cost would total $49,000 to ensure that the development had enough water.

The 51-lot subdivision on a meadow overlooking downtown could house 175 people when complete. That would be an approximately 20 percent increase in Oak Creek's population of about 850.

The proposed subdivision would have 46 single-family homes, two duplexes, one four-plex and two eight-plexes, to provide for a variety of housing needs.

Town trustees and developers also discussed whether tap fees would be required for each unit. Two owners of the Sierra View Development Group, Dave Tweedy and Tim Geiger, argued that the town should not charge the full $5,000 fee for installing and tapping into the water and sewer lines because it wouldn't be doing the work.

"How do you justify taking $900 from people?" Geiger asked. "Up here, you're not going to do any (installation) work, and you're still charging $900."

Jim Photos, director of the Oak Creek Public Works Department, said the costs for a water and sewer installation and fees needed to remain at $5,000.

Mayor Cargo Rodeman said she was "totally against" the subdivision's proposed covenants but that it would be up to the developers to decide whether they wanted to put the rules in place.

Town trustees have said they want to keep the town's development-related costs -- such as providing winter snowplowing -- to a minimum.

The snowplowing cost should be minimal because of the circular nature of the proposed subdivision, Photos said.

The discussion covered almost two dozen issues. At the end of the work session, trustees decided to re-schedule a public hearing on the subdivision at the next town board meeting.

Geiger said he was pleased with the work session.

"I think everyone did a very good job tonight," Geiger said. "I think it went real smooth, and I think it's on track."

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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