The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

August 14, 2013

Former trailer park to become upscale subdivision

By Katie Dahlstrom
Assistant Editor

---- — 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.”

Water will be supplied by a single public well that will be monitored by a certified operator as required by state law. The homeowners’ association will be responsible for the well and other subdivision upkeep.

Kopp will need to maintain control of a 200 foot radius surrounding the public well through plat restrictions and covenants.

New water lines will be installed to service each lot within the subdivision from the well, which previously served the mobile homes.

“We’re putting all new water lines in, an all new pump house, everything in the pump house. The whole sewer system is going to be new. The road’s going to be new. So when we start out everything’s going to be pretty first class and we’re going to keep it that way through the whole thing,” Kopp said.

The preliminary plat shows Kopp also has plans to drill a secondary well on the property. Although that will not be certain until 15 homes are built. Should it be built, an operator will be required for the second well.

The final plat for the subdivision, which already has two lots spoken for, will come next. The first phase of the development will be the 11 lots on the western side of the property.

Kopp touts the property as the only subdivision that is located in Clinton County and not inside any city limits. He believes the location of the subdivision paired with the size of the lots has and will continue to entice prospective residents.

“Because of its location between Davenport and Clinton and the new railport going in out there and the large-sized lots and yet not too big,” Kopp said. “I think it’s going to be a great thing for the county and the people out there, really.”