The City of Milton Plan Commission recommended and the common council approved April 3 a plat for the Red Hawk Farms residential subdivision, as submitted by Janesville-based developer Forster Construction, LLC, adding 11 new lots.

The full subdivision, including the additional lots, has a total of 44 lots. The lots are a continuation of the initial subdivision plat approved by the council in December of 2017, City Administrator Al Hulick wrote in a memo to the commission.

Plans call for single-family homes to be constructed on the lots. The site is zoned R2-Residential which allows single-family housing. Duplexes are allowed as a conditional use, the memo stated.

Other improvements within the site call for extensions made to Rainbow Drive and Gailen Lane.

In a separate action, council approved a developer’s agreement for the new plat, titled “First Addition.”

Construction on infrastructure is expected to begin this spring, followed by home construction beginning this summer, Hulick wrote.

Other April 3 actions:

Lot division for Badgerland Disposal approved

The plan commission recommended and common council approved the division of a 22-acre city-owned parcel into two lots, one of which is “commensurate with the Badgerland Disposal Site Plan” which was approved in March, a city memo read.

A nearly 14-acre development site was created and designated as Lot 1, which will be used by Badgerland Disposal, contingent upon the successful execution of the tax incremental finance (TIF) development agreement and requisite land sale, the memo read. Both items are expected to appear on the April 16 commission and city council agendas, memos to each body read.

City-owned Lot 2 will be marketed for future development.

Both lots are located along Putman Parkway and County Trunk M.

Council closes TID 8

The council approved the closing of underperforming tax incremental financing district (TID) 8. Assets from the TID were rolled into TID 10, which was approved by the city in 2018.

In a memo to council, City Administrator Al Hulick noted that TID 8 was created in August of 2007, and shortly thereafter, the economic downturn of 2008 caused its base or beginning value to plummet. After the downturn, the TID was left “upside down” which inhibited its ability to create new value required to incentivize development. The TID still has a lower value today than it did on the date of its creation, Hulick wrote.

With the creation of TID 10, which largely overlays TID 8, a new base value was established for the district, bringing it in line with current values. All project costs associated with TID 8 were paid in full this year, and the district can be closed with a zero balance, Hulick wrote.

Land dedication ordinance amended

The plan commission recommended and council approved changes to the section of the city’s land dedication ordinance regarding dedication of parks, public open spaces, and payments made in lieu of such dedications.

In a memo to the plan commission, City Administrator Al Hulick wrote that a payment per lot of $250 was charged in lieu of parkland dedication, and, historically, the city also accepted storm water facilities in place of parkland dedication in residential subdivisions.

Changes to the ordinance include a formula used to calculate payments in lieu of dedications, and excludes storm water facilities as acceptable substitutions for parkland dedications.

The formula requires developers to pay 3 percent of the equalized value of land within the site that will be divided into lots.

Monies collected in lieu of parkland dedication are placed in a segregated account and used to fund improvements to parks.

According to Hulick, city staff learned that the $250 per lot payment was “generally low,” and the practice of accepted storm water facilities was “atypical” as compared with other communities. Both initiatives detracted from the city’s ability to properly plan for and fund parks, the memo read.

Tower Hill subdivision developer Dave Schumacher, Milton, speaking during a public hearing included as part of the discussion, asked council to consider applying the 2.4 acres of parkland he had earlier dedicated to create Water Tower Park while developing the first three phases of his project, to satisfy any dedication requirements he might incur if he chose to develop the project’s fourth and final phase.

Such determinations could be made while negotiating a developer’s agreement would Schumacher take steps to begin the fourth phase, Hulick said.

In a follow-up interview Schumacher said he developed 81 lots as part of the first three phases, and a fourth phase had been platted to allow for 30 more homes to be built on 14.62 acres running along E. Gailen Lane. The first phases of the project were completed in the early 2000s, he said.

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