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Oak Creek waiting to approve checklist

Susan Cunningham

Oak Creek town trustees decided to hold off on approving a revised checklist of conditions that must be met before the proposed Sierra View development could be annexed and built.

The Sierra View Development Group held a workshop involving the trustees, developers, a planning consultant and design engineer Dec. 3. After the workshop, the development group submitted a revised checklist Dec. 11.

Town trustees disagreed with some items on that checklist.

For instance, one requirement said the development group would repair the upper section of the sewer line leading to the subdivision using funds from water and sewer tap installation fees if the town did not receive a grant for repair of those lines.

Town trustees and public works officials said that could mean they would have to keep specific tap fee dollars for the project, which is not a typical practice.

Mayor Cargo Rodeman said she thought it would be best to split the cost of the repairs with the development group if the grant didn’t come through. Rodeman said it was important not to add unnecessary cost burdens to the group.

“They are paying for everything, and we don’t want to make it unfeasible for them,” she said.

Owners of the Sierra View Development Group were not present at the meeting.

Trustees agreed it would be best to table approval of the checklist to give town officials time to look over notes from the workshop and make their own list.

The 51-lot subdivision with 70 units is proposed to be built on a meadow overlooking downtown. When completed, it could house 175 people, which would be an approximately 20 percent increase in Oak Creek’s population of about 850.

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

The checklist of required steps before annexation and development includes:

n The town will provide for snow removal and road maintenance services

n The development group should pay for consultants and direct costs to the town, within reason

n The development group will donate a portion of land to the town for a park

n The development group should provide $49,000 on build out for water rights

n The development group will supply street lights.

In other business:

n The town approved a $1,000 donation to LIFT-UP, half of the amount the organization had requested. The town also discussed efforts to secure the hockey hut and instructed Public Works Director Jim Photos to look into options with the help of Police Chief Tim Willert.

— To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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