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Delavan Township residents speak up about Sho-Deen

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ANN MARIE AMES
July 13, 2010
— More than 50 people on Monday took the opportunity to ask questions about what could be the largest development in Delavan Township.

The town board held a special meeting to give residents the chance to ask Sho-Deen President Dave Patzelt about the proposed Shores of Delavan Lake development.


Many people asked questions, and some shared opinions about the proposal.


Most—but not all—said they were opposed to the 623-home proposal.


Sho-Deen is applying for a conditional-use permit. The town’s plan commission has recommended approval of the project. Walworth County has the final say on the application.


Here are some questions asked Monday night. Residents wanting more information are encouraged to call the Delavan Town Hall at (262) 728-3471.


Q: What would the construction timeline be?
A: Town guidelines call for construction of 30 or fewer homes per year, Town board Chairwoman Dorothy Burwell said. Nothing would be done to the lots until they were developed, Patzelt said.
Q: Have you considered doing updated traffic or tax-impact studies rather than referring to the 2006 studies? The size of the development as well as economic conditions have changed since you proposed Jackson Creek.
A: When Sho-Deen proposed the 4,770-home Jackson Creek development in 2006, the plan required a rezone. The smaller Shores of Delavan Lake development does not.

“It is not our intent, nor would we be required” to do new studies, Patzelt said.


Q: Does the town board prefer the development get city of Delavan water or well water? Both have been proposed.
A: Burwell said the board does not have a preference at this time. The city’s water commission tabled the issue. It’s not necessary to answer the water question before approving or denying the conditional-use permit, she said.

The water question will have to be answered later during the platting process when a developers agreement is created, Patzelt said.


Q: How can Sho-Deen be allowed to build 623 houses on 220 buildable acres? Aren’t residential lots supposed to be bigger than that?
A: The Sho-Deen property is zoned R-2. That zoning allows for houses on 15,000-square-foot lots, Patzelt said.

Sho-Deen is proposing a conservation subdivision, which means houses would be built on 10,000-square-foot lots. Conservation subdivisions are allowed in R-2 with a conditional-use permit.


Q: Would the town create a special assessment on the new properties to cover the cost of building roads, sewers, sidewalks and water mains?
A: The developer would be responsible for building those things, Patzelt said. The cost would be built into the price of the lots and homes.
Q: What would be the average cost of the developed properties?
A: Between $180,000 and $300,000, Patzelt said.
Q: What’s next?
A: The town board at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, will take up Sho-Deen’s conditional-use permit application. The board’s decision is advisory to Walworth County’s. The county zoning agency is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the matter at 4 p.m. Thursday in the county board room of the Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn.

If the permit is approved, the project would move into the platting stage and Sho-Deen would create a developers contract with the town of Delavan.



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