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New housing area planned

Single family homes, townhouses proposed near FD?Country Club

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
This farm house located south of the Fort Dodge Country Club golf course is the site of a future housing development.

A planned new neighborhood on the west side of Fort Dodge would be nestled in the middle of the Fort Dodge Country Club Golf Course.

All of the planned 14 single family homes and the five twin townhouses would have a view of the course.

Mayor Matt Bemrich said there is no other place nearby to build homes alongside a golf course.

“This is the only development on a golf course in a considerable distance,” he said. “It creates a significant opportunity for someone who wants to live in proximity to golfing.”

The proposed housing area is on land owned by the country club.

“We’re doing this as an improvement to Fort Dodge,” said Kole Petersen, the president of the country club’s board.

He said profits from the sale of the lots would be reinvested in the country club’s facilities.

The planned housing area consists of eight acres north of Country Club Drive along a gravel road.

Petersen said the lots for single family homes will range in size from .33 acres to .53 acres. Those lots will be sold individually, he said, but the five lots for the twin townhouses will be sold to one developer who will build all of them.

Construction of homes could begin next spring, he said.

The country club will pay for building a new street, water main and sewers to serve the neighborhood.

During its meeting tonight, the City Council will consider declaring its intent to enter a development agreement with the country club for the new housing. While the development agreement hasn’t been worked out yet, Bemrich said it would essentially have the city use increased property tax revenue from the site to reimburse the country club, over a number of years, for its costs to build the road and other infrastructure.

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