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Studies slow Sho-Deen

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ANN MARIE AMES
September 22, 2010
— Plans for a 623-home development near the Delavan Lake inlet have come to a halt until members of the Delavan Town Board see the results of traffic and water studies.

The board Tuesday voted 3-2 to table Sho-Deen Homes’ application for a conditional-use permit to build the subdivision.


Sho-Deen President Dave Patzelt said he was surprised by the board’s decision.


Patzelt now will decide whether he will conduct the studies, he said.


If Sho-Deen decides to conduct a traffic-impact study, it would take only a few days to complete, Patzelt said.


A groundwater study could take between 30 and 60 days, he said. Before such a study is conducted, Sho-Deen engineers and town engineers would decide on the parameters of the study, he said.


Sho-Deen does not need a conditional-use permit to build a traditional subdivision on the 220-acre space near Mound Road and County F. The permit is required, however, for a conservation subdivision, which is the kind the developer wants to build.


The town has been talking about the plans since July when the plan commission approved a set of conditions and sent them to the board for approval. The board later that month sent the list back for clarification.


On Sept. 8, after two meetings, the commission clarified the list that came before the board Tuesday. The suggested conditions include compliance with all town ordinances, installation of curbs, gutters and storm sewers and construction of a storm water retention pond to ease flooding in the nearby Inlet Oaks subdivision.


The town could have to write some ordinances to regulate urban development because this would be the first such subdivision in the township.


The town’s recommendations are advisory to Walworth County. The county has final say in the matter.


Board member Ryan Simons made the motion to table the plans. Simons and board member Herb Sessner and Richard Bonsall voted in favor of tabling. Board member Barb Mililtello and board Chairman Dorothy Burwell voted against tabling.


Town addresses could change

The Delavan Town Board will host a second public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, to take comments from residents about proposed address changes in the township.


The board is considering an ordinance to create a unified numbering system that would match the county’s system.


This could prevent confusion, said Capt. Jay Maritz with the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department. As the system stands, three houses on Highway 50 could have the same addresses, Maritz said as an example.


The town would have to pay about $9,000 if changes are made. Residents would have to pay about $30 for each new fire number sign, according to the proposed ordinance.


Several residents spoke for and against the proposal during a public hearing Tuesday night.


In other business, the Delavan Town Board on Tuesday appointed Gerri Green to the Delavan Lake Sanitary Commission to replace commission member John Buckles.



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