Sutton Road Preliminary Survey Approved

3 Jun

On June 2nd, 2009, the Minocqua Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Preliminary Survey #11-09 filed on behalf of Gerald Kozey regarding the ongoing development of Sutton Road and its rezoned lots (SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 and the SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 and the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 and the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 Section 17, T39N, R6E, Town of Minocqua.) The preliminary survey was also unanimously recommended by the Minocqua Planning Commission in a previous session.

While the survey concerns the initial part of “Phase One” encompassing the first four rezoned lots, deeds to the land have not been acquired as the project is still awaiting approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources who instructed that storm water management plans include storing storm water in ditches.  According to surveyor Jim Rein, the cost of complying with the DNR’s mandate to store storm water in wide ditches would exceed the entire cost of developing the road. He further expressed a strategy to proceed with constructing the first segment of the road which will straighten out curves and move the existing tract away from wetlands because approval from the DNR is not needed for disturbances less than one acre.

When asked by Supervisor John Thompson about the DNR’s propensity for ultimate cooperation, Jim Rein affirmed that the DNR will “play ball.”

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