Okoboji Council Again Addresses Development Of Former Inn Site

Wed 6-13-2018

(Okoboji)-- Making sure the T's are crossed and the I's are dotted. That was the message Mayor Mary Vanderwoude had at Tuesday's Okoboji City Council meeting for the general public and White Cap LLC, the new owner/developer of the former Inn site...Vanderwoude 

"I believe that the city has done everything that's possible to help this project move forward and as efficiently as possible, and we will continue to do so. However I do believe the city is justified in slowing the process to ensure that details are not missed as we all know the devil is in the details, and that all considerations are being taken to protect the city and the citizens of Okoboji."

The city council last month voted to slow down the process after holding the first reading of a preliminary plat, but opted not to waive the second and third readings, citing several legal questions and other concerns they wanted to have addressed first. White Cap LLC officials then withdrew the preliminary plat days later, and submitted a new one on Monday. Council members last (Tues.) evening didn't discuss specifics of the latest plans, saying they hadn't had a chance yet to thoroughly review them. But one councilman, Walter Medenhall, said he wants better communication between the city and developers to get issues resolved in a more timely manner...Mendenhall 

"Initially when they plotted the front plat lots they were 75 feet lots which is up to our Planning and Zoning Code. Now they've re-plotted it at less than 72 feet, which is a concern for us so I would say then we as a council would like to work as closely as we can accelerating this with their counsel, our counsel, our planning and zoning, in trying to make this move forward. And I would expect that we can start that in the next day or two if we can get people to communicate."

A date for the city's Planning and Zoning Commission to meet to consider the newly proposed preliminary plat hasn't been set yet.