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May 17, 2018 Lone Tree City Council considers a proposal for housing development
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In 2000, the population of Lone Tree was 1,151 with 459 households. By 2016, the population had increased to 1,388 with more than 500 households. Growth has been steady with increases of double-digit percentages since 1960.

The Monday, May 7, City Council meeting was devoted to what can be done to meet the challenge of steadily increasing demands for housing and infrastructure support plus efforts to attract, in particular, families with children.

Local businessman and farmer Rich Burr came to the meeting with a proposal for a housing development of 20 lots and 40 homes to be built on the 12.6 acres he owns located south of the American Legion and east of Casey’s.

Burr came to the council asking for assistance with upfront infrastructure costs estimated at $465,550 for sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water main, and street paving.

He proposes that the city pay 75 percent of these costs with the developer, himself, paying 20 percent plus 100 percent of legal fees, planning, engineering, site prep, and land costs.

Burr stated that the city would recoup these costs in the form of an increased tax base in 12 to 15 years. The assistance would enable him to sell lots for under $30,000 and completed homes for under $200,000.

The reaction from the council was support for the development, but hesitation on the cost.

Ruby Dickey pointed out that the city “doesn’t have that kind of money.” In addition, she said that “the city must consider what it has done in the past with other developers.”

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