Thiess farm duplex proposal advances
28 Mar 2017
A series of duplex homes on the north side of Fort Dodge inched closer to reality Monday when the City Council approved the second reading of a needed zoning change on a 6-1 vote.
Council members who support the plan for the homes at 20th Avenue North and Williams Drive cited the need for housing in the city.
“We do have an urgent need presently for affordable single-family housing,” said Councilman Dave Flattery. “Right now, this is the only development that’s out there.”
The proposal has encountered enough opposition from neighboring property owners that a supermajority vote of six of the seven council members is needed to approve the zoning change.
That six vote supermajority was attained when council members Kim Alstott, Neven Conrad, Andy Fritz, Dean Hill, Terry Moehnke and Flattery voted yes.
Councilman Jeffrey Halter voted no. He said that as the owner of a single-family house, he’d rather not have duplexes built next door. He said the neighbors who are objecting to the plan are saying the same thing.
“What they’re really saying is that they don’t want this in their back yard or next to them,” Halter said.
The plan from developer Mike McCarville calls for five duplexes. Two of them would face 20th Avenue North and three of them would face Williams Drive. Each unit would have 1,600 square feet of living space and a two-car garage. Each will be sold for $200,000 or less.