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Sho-Deen gives officials firsthand look at proposed subdivision

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Kayla Bunge
May 13, 2010
— Dave Patzelt stood at the edge of a vast piece of property near the Delavan Lake inlet.

Small green shoots poked through the black soil of a planted farm field. Leaves rustled in the woods. Gray clouds passed overhead.


Patzelt, president of Sho-Deen of Geneva, Ill., on Wednesday afternoon pointed out key parts of a proposed conservation subdivision that the developer planned for the almost 300-acre property southeast of Mound Road and County F.


The development would be called the Shores of Delavan Lake and would include more than 600 single-family homes. The plan also features about 95 acres of open space, including almost 10 acres of park space at the center of the neighborhood and biking and walking trails throughout the neighborhood.


The site is zoned residential, but a conservation development requires a conditional-use permit. Sho-Deen has submitted its plans to the town and the county, and the developer is working through the application process.


Patzelt on Wednesday tried to give Walworth County zoning officials, town officials and others a better idea of what the proposed subdivision might look like. He identified the locations of stormwater detention ponds, roads and green space both on a large, colored site plan and the rural backdrop of the property. An engineer explained how the proposal met and exceeded county requirements for a conservation subdivision.


Officials walked through wet grass to the edge of a planted farm field, walked down a path into a wooded area near the inlet and even boarded a small bus to drive around the rest of the expansive property.


They asked a few questions but mostly listened to the developer and an engineer. Michael Cotter, director of the Walworth County Land Use and Resource Management Department, advised them and the members of the public in attendance that the tour was an official meeting of the zoning agency but was not a public hearing. He advised everyone not to make comments that might indicate whether they are for or against the proposed development.


Sho-Deen perhaps is better known for its hulking Jackson Creek development of 4,770 multiple- and single-family homes on 2,000 acres around the Delavan Lake inlet. The developer proposed the plan in August 2005 but scrapped the plans in April 2007.


Patzelt said to the Gazette after the tour Wednesday that he thought the Shores of Delavan Lake proposal has a good shot at getting town and county approval.


“We’re not asking for a rezone this time,” he said. “We’re only asking for a conditional-use permit.”


The town still must take action on Sho-Deen’s conditional-use permit application. The town attorney and engineer are reviewing the plans and hope to present them to the town board next month. If the application is approved, then it could be on a county zoning agency agenda as soon as June 17.



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