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Council approves Brotherton Ridge plat

Three lots on Racine south of high school

SOLON– Three new acre-sized residential lots will need city water service, but not city sewer.
At a Nov. 6 meeting, Solon City Council members approved a developer’s agreement and preliminary plat for Brotherton Ridge Part Two, a small subdivision located along the gravel on Racine Avenue south of Solon High School.
The city will extend water service to the subdivision, but the new homes will have individual septic systems because of the need for a lift station to reach the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
An existing house on one of the lots will be torn down, noted City Administrator Cami Rasmussen. The plan for development, submitted by property owner Mike Bails, was recommended for approval by the Solon Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission at an Oct. 29 session, she noted.
Rasmussen, City Engineer Dave Schechinger and Public Works Director Scott Kleppe had reviewed and discussed the preliminary plat as staff, with Schechinger present for the P&Z meeting.
The developer’s agreement, prepared by City Attorney Kevin Olson, had been reviewed by Bails, she noted.
Olson noted during the meeting the only improvements to the lots will be the construction of water main and dedication of right-of-way. Water connection fees will be charged for each lot. After demolition of the existing house, the old septic system on that lot will be removed, he added.
Septic systems will be allowed on the one-acre-plus lots because the city’s sanitary sewer is not accessible, or wouldn’t be feasible because of the need for a lift station, Olson said.
The three lots constitute only a portion of the property. Over 10 acres designated as an L-shaped outlot could be developed at a later time, Olson told council members.
He described the developer’s agreement as “pretty standard.”
Mayor Steve Stange questioned whether the city would take on any added responsibility for an existing culvert.
Schechinger noted half of Racine Avenue is located within the city limits with the other half in Johnson County, and no updates have been made regarding shared maintenance.
“At some point we may need to have a discussion,” Schechinger said.
Stange also asked whether Racine Avenue would remain gravel.
“Since half of it is in the county, and half of it is in the city, I would propose to leave that gravel until such time that the traffic generated enough that we have to look at doing something different,” Schechinger responded.
Any improvements would have to be made in cooperation with the county, and would be based on the amount of vehicle traffic per day, he added.
But the developer wouldn’t have to share in the cost of curb and gutter, Stange asked. What if the city took over ownership of the road and the area developed?
Schechinger said the situation would be more like Prairie Acres.
“If we wanted to require it we could, but it’s not putting significantly more traffic on it,” he observed, stating the level of roadway adequate for three lots.
According to Olson, the developer’s agreement includes a provision requiring the lots to hook up to city sewer once the surrounding area develops. Existing septic tanks would then have to be removed in accordance with existing requirements, he said.
Schechinger also noted no park space dedication had been required of the applicant, but the agreement allows for it to be considered if Outlot A were to be developed.
Lot 1 will require a flood plain development permit, as it is located in a flood plain, he added.
There were no questions from council members, who approved both the developer’s agreement and the preliminary plat unanimously with council member Lynn Morris absent.