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(Courtesy City of Stevens Point)

City to consider conceptual plans for west side development

By Patrick Lynn

Plan commissioners on Monday will be asked for feedback on the conceptual plans for a new west side development.

The unnamed development is being proposed by Plover developer William Pritchard on behalf of the Oconomoc-area trust that owns the property, which is located between West Zinda and West River drives.

Under the proposal, a series of one- and two-family homes would be constructed on the 20-acre site. The homes would be a mix of senior housing and “open age” homes, built on slabs and at-grade.

In his application, Pritchard wrote he was seeking to develop “a denser development pattern with reduced setbacks,” but no conceptual renderings were included in Monday’s meeting packet.

Community Development Director Michael Ostrowski said in his memo to the plan commission the area is adjacent to wetlands, adding that wetlands were intermixed on the property.

“The wetlands could be protected and necessary buffers included in the development plan,” Ostrowski said in his memo. “This is an opportunity for infill development on an underutilized property using a conservation subdivision-type development approach.”

If approved, Pritchard said he plans to break ground in 2020.

The plan commission meets at 6 p.m. in the Community Room on the Stevens Point Police Department, 933 Michigan Ave. The public is welcome to attend.