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August 14, 2013

Former trailer park to become upscale subdivision

CLINTON — Upscale homes will appear at the site of the former Buffalo Bill Mobile Home Park within the next year as county officials work with developers on the Outback Subdivision.

The Clinton County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing regarding the proposed 31-single family home development during its Monday meeting.

“It’s going to be an asset rather than a problem for the community,” developer Mike Kopp said.

The former park at 3737 292nd St. outside of Folletts was closed in 2007 after the Iowa Department of Natural Resources revoked the waste disposal permit for the property, forcing residents to leave their homes.

The remaining trailers were then dismantled and scrapped, which left the area littered with debris. As Clinton County officials considered how to handle cleanup of the property, Kopp purchased it in 2009 and undertook the cleanup.

Since, Kopp has cleaned the property, improved roads, landscaped and worked to meet environmental regulations for the development.

He would not disclose how much he spent getting the property ready for a subdivision, only that he invested thousands of hours.

“It was unbelievable how much stuff was out there,” Kopp said in an interview with the Clinton Herald. “You would be walking through grass and find a trailer that had been flattened into the ground. It was really a tough gig.”

Kopp asked for a planned unit development zoning designation because it allows him to use a specialized wastewater treatment system, Clinton County Planning and Zoning Administrator Nate Mueller told the supervisors.

A clustered, onsite AdvanTex wastewater treatment system will be used for lots of approximately half an acre; out of the 31 lots, 29 are less than .6 acres.

The Planning and Zoning Commission and the Clinton County Board of Health approved the system.

“It’s a good system. Like any mechanical system it needs its maintenance and it needs its management,” said Bob Summers, Clinton County director of environmental services. “We told Mike there was no way we’re going to do individual septics.”

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