Dyersville’s residential expansion to the southeast will continue unabated in the form of phase three of the Hageman subdivision, while several spots for new homes will also open up near Beckman Catholic High School in the Willow Heights subdivision.
The need for more housing has been a topic of discussion among the council for the last several years, but newly solidified deals could bring more than three dozen new homes into the Dyersville fold.
In order to facilitate one of the developments, the city will need to invest in a large-scale water lift station to adequately provide enough water pressure.
Guidance from a 2018 SE water service study recommended the city increase the water pressure in the general vicinity of old Castle Road and other areas within city limits south of US 20.
While the Hageman Homes LLC subdivision off Olde Castle Road is an obvious benefactor, the lift will supply better fire protection to the entire area and create another “loop” that will help to improve overall water quality by eliminating “dead-ends” where water can sit and stagnate.
Mayor Jim Heavens said even though the development is close to a fairly new water tower, due to the site’s elevation, the water pressure in the area is sub-par — and, he said, the new proposed building site is even higher than the houses that are currently experiencing pressure issues.
To supply city water to the area, an approximately $1 million booster station will be necessary, Heavens said.
Heavens said while the booster boasts a pretty hefty price tag, there will likely be some fairly expensive, property tax generating homes built in that area as a result that will help offset the cost.
“You’ve got fire protection issues and all kinds of water related issues out there,” Heavens said. “In a way, I think it’s justified because it’s killing two birds with one stone — you’re alleviating some water pressure complaints and opening up that whole area for development.”
Heavens theorized the new water delivery capabilities to the area may also strengthen the city’s position when talking about annexation in the near future.
“When you go out Olde Castle Road, all of those houses on the south side are not within the city,” he said.
Heavens said several decades ago, the city actually declined to bring that area into city limits because it didn’t want to run utilities all the way out there as required by law. With the elevation, it would have been difficult to justify the investment and engineering efforts for just a handful of houses, but now that the area is blossoming, things are looking more feasible.
“It will be interesting to see what happens when the annexation study is completed — whether or not those people will want to be annexed in,” he said. “Because now the water will be right across the street from them.”
The 10-year agreement with Hageman Homes states the developer is to construct a minimum of 35 residential lots prior to Dec. 1, 2020, and that the city must provide financial assistance to the project via infrastructure reimbursement.
Following the completion of the infrastructure installation, along with the new street systems, the new systems will be deeded to the city.
For the streets, the city will reimburse the developer $20 per-square-yard of concrete.
For the Hageman subdivision, the city agreed to exempt the requirements for curb and gutter, provided there are adequately maintained ditches within the development. The developer has to provide a water run-off analysis showing the development won’t create a significant impact to other properties.
For the Willow Heights subdivision near Beckman, the contract states seven single-family residential lots will be developed prior to Dec. 1, 2020.
The developer agrees to maintain any infrastructure improvements for two years, the contract states.
This contract also provides a $20 per-square-yard of concrete.
For the streets, sewer, water, lights and sidewalks, the city will reimburse only the material costs.