The public will get another chance to weigh in on the proposal for 195 homes in Kettle Park West at the May 6 Plan Commission meeting.
Forward Development Group’s proposal would require amending the city’s comprehensive plan, and this meeting is the second step in a process to gather public input about the plan.
The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, on the second floor of the Public Safety Building, 321 S. Fourth St.
The first public event was April 22, when the project’s senior planner Jim Bricker presented FDG’s proposal. Four members of the public attended the meeting, in addition to city staff and two alders. On Monday, commissioners will discuss comments from that meeting and likely offer feedback to FDG.
The plan has evolved over the past 36 months at the city’s request, Bricker explained, starting with larger apartment buildings and moving toward single-family housing with some townhouses and duplexes. The total units in the plan, not counting Kettle Park Senior Living, which is under construction, has fallen from 371 to 195.
Construction on the first 18 homes on the northern edge of the development would not require amending the comprehensive plan, and could happen as soon as this summer. The city and FDG have not agreed which entity will pay to improve the roads leading to the new neighborhood, which could prove to be a sticking point. The improvements are estimated to cost around $400,000.
The comprehensive plan could be amended as soon as Aug. 22, according to a city timeline, clearing a hurdle for constructing the bulk of homes on the site. On May 28, the Common Council and Plan Commission will hold a joint meeting with a public hearing on the proposal.