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Preliminary Plat Approved By County Supervisors

By Staff | Dec 17, 2009

A new residential housing development is a step closer to reality with the approval of a preliminary plat by the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Plans for The Shores of Five Island Lake were officially unveiled during the weekly meeting of the board at the Palo Alto County Courthouse.

Mike Pfister, Production Coordinator for Secluded Land Company of DeSoto, Wisc. Appeared before the board to present the preliminary plat drawings for the site, which is located on the former Morling dredging site on county road N48 on the east side of Five Island Lake. The development encompasses 42.396 acres and is platted for 27 lakeshore lots and five backlots, with an outlot that would provide lake access for the five backlots. The lakeshore lots average 100 feet in width, and range fro 500 to 300 feet deep. The development will feature a private gravel road to serve the lakeshore lots.

“This proposed preliminary plat came before the Palo Alto County Planning and Zoning Board on Monday night,” County Zoning Administrator Joe Neary told the board. This is the third development in the county that Secluded Land has created and they have been very cooperative and easy to work with. It was Planning and Zoning’s recommendation to approve the proposed plat to the Board of Supervisors.

In explaining the development to the supervisors, Pfister noted that that the road had some special specifications. “Like our other developments, this will be a private road which will have a 66 foot easement and it will be maintained by the property owners. It will be gravel, and should the property owners wish to deed it to the county, it would have to be paved to current state standards, at the property owners’ expense. That provision will be part of our covenants.

Given the location of The Shores of Five Island Lake, another special detail was mentioned.

“We have provided for a 30 foot right of way for a non-motorized public recreational trail easement along the east edge of the property,” Pfister explained. “We feel trail access would be a benefit for our property owners and we have no problem with allowing that easement for a trail.

Neary pointed out that he has checked soils in the area for suitability for septic systems and found the area acceptable. “The soils are good for percolation for sanitary sewer and septic systems. I’ve checked down to 64 inches, and the area will be fine for standard tanks and leach fields.

“Since that is an old dredging site, how deep is the silt there?” Board Chair Ed Noonan asked.

“To the best of our knowledge, it is about eight feet,” Pfister said. “Visiting with people from the dredging program and the city, we feel that is pretty close, but to be sure, we are bringing a soil boring service in this week to check. We should be good, but we’re going to make sure.

Pfister noted that for an average home construction project, a basement is usually excavated 12 feet deep, and if there were eight feet of fill, there would still be four feet of solid soils below that for foundations.

“We also have all the easements for utilities to come in to the site,” Pfister added.

“Will trailer houses be allowed in this development?” Supervisor Jerry Hofstad asked.

“No single-wide trailers will be allowed,” Pfister said. “A double-wide manufactured home would be allowable, but you couldn’t pull a trailer in their year around.”

With no further discussion, Hofstad’s motion to approve the preliminary plat was approved on a unanimous vote of the supervisors.