The first of what will eventually be 24 townhomes at a western Fort Dodge site are being built.
With construction under way, the city's Plan and Zoning Commission took action Tuesday to make it possible to sell those units individually.
Commission members voted to recommend approval of a zoning change and final plat for the development sometimes called Windstone Circle. The City Council will now have the final say.
The construction of 24 duplexes in an area bordered by A Street, U.S. Highway 169 and Second Avenue South began earlier in the fall. Eldon Rossow, the property owner, said Tuesday that six duplex buildings are expected to be completed by early next spring.
Eventually, the site will have 12 duplexes for a total of 24 townhomes. Their addresses will be 106 to 151 Regency West Court.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the project will be held at 3 p.m. today.
The site currently has an office commercial zoning designation. Angela Torres, the associate city planner, told commission members Tuesday that duplexes are legal within that zoning designation.
The possibility that each living unit will be sold separately creates the need for rezoning, according to Torres. She said a residential zoning designation that allows for the fact that the townhomes will be connected is necessary.
On two votes, the commission voted to recommend the approval of the new residential zoning and the approval of the plat, which is a detailed drawing prepared by an engineer that shows where buildings, roads and utilities will be located.
Commission members Denny Crimmins and Jim Kesterson abstained from the otherwise unanimous votes.