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Annexation Requested For Riddell Road Acreage

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth City Council was to consider at its Tuesday meeting a pair of annexation requests, one involving almost 34 acres just north of Monmouth.

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth City Council was to consider at its Tuesday meeting a pair of annexation requests, one involving almost 34 acres just north of Monmouth.

That property is located at 5235 Riddell Road and owned by Jane Gragg. Patricia and Lyman Smith have also requested annexation of their .70 acre at 791 S. Warren St.

Pending council approval, the annexations would appear before voters during the May or November elections.

Officials denied a previous application by Gragg last July because of concerns about the ability of the city's water system to serve future development on the site.

The property is currently zoned under a surburban residential designation by Polk County. A city comprehensive plan map projects the land as a medium-density residential zone.

Maximum residential density allows 12 units per acre, or 259 units for the entire site if it was built out completely.

Public Works Director Craig Johns had previously stated the city's water system lacked the capacity to provide service to the site if it was fully developed.

City Planner Mark Fancey City recommended approval of the annexation in a staff report, with the stipulation that no development on the property be allowed until the city has sufficient water capacity.

Fancey said there was no specific project in mind for the land, but that Gragg indicated her application she would abide by the provision.

Monmouth is currently testing a potential well just east of the Independence Bridge in Marion County.

"At a staff level, we're more comfortable where we're headed with our water capacity," Fancey said.

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