Council Approves Comprehensive Land Use Plan

New-Sheldon-SignSheldon, Iowa — Sheldon’s Planning and Zoning Commission has been working for about a year to update the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. They were led through the process by the Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission. The Plan which is 154 pages long was approved by the Sheldon City Council at their meeting Wednesday.

City Manager Scott Wynja told the Council that the plan is a tool for Planning and Zoning as well as other elements of City Government when they need to make decisions regarding development. One chapter of the plan includes results of input from the public. Another chapter shows community trends for such areas of population and housing. The document also addresses Public Services in the City, Occupational and Employment trends, Transportation Diversity, Zoning and Parks and Recreation.

In other business the City Council approved the sale of a lot in the Sunshine Addition to Jeff and Sara Van Meeteren for one dollar. The buyers must comply with the stipulations placed by the City on all remaining lots in the Sunshine Addition, which is located on the South side of the City. The lot being sold to the Van Meeterens is located on the north end of South 9th Avenue in the Sunshine Addition.

The Council set January 6th, 2016 as the date for a public hearing on the final plat for the Nest Haven subdivision which is located by the old Smit Pits along Nest Avenue North of Sheldon.

The Council also heard a report by Public Works Director Todd Uhl that the abundance of rainfall this year has re-charged the City’s shallow wells enough to make it practical to begin using them again. He said it will be a slow process to get them back on line, however. He says the result of the changeover will be a reduction in the hardness of the city’s water.

Uhl also reported that Mid-American Energy is in the process of installing new L.E.D. lights on 56 of the poles in the city.