Lake DeSmet Developer Wants Revision to Road Agreement

Johnson County Commissioners
Johnson County Commissioners

The owners of the Shores at Lake DeSmet Subdivision approached the Johnson County Commissioners at last week's meeting, seeking an adjustment to their original subdivision improvement agreement with the County.

Specifically what they want is the commissioners to throw out the requirement for paving the roads in the subdivision and allowing them to gravel their road to the current standards to which Monument Road has been recently done by the County.

They are not required by the agreement to pave the road until a certain percentage of the lots in the subdivision have been sold, and at their current level of sales, they said it could be 15 to 20 years before they would be required to pave the roads.

Jason Spielman with Piney Creek Land Company, owner of the subdivision, explains their suggestion.

They believe that by putting in the improvements and graveling their roads to match the other county roads in the area, sales may increase.

The commissioners seemed reluctant to allow the change, but were willing to look into the matter.

The County Planning Commission had recommended denying the request, but the commissioners tabled the issue until they can consult further with the planning commission. The commission will readdress the request at next week's meeting.

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