Letter to the Editor

Support for the EOLIC

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This letter pertains to the rezoning of Parks A-1 Agricultural land to R-3 Multi- Family Residential Zoning and a request for a Planned Unit Development by a developer calling their proposal East Loch Estates. This request was heard Dec. 18 by the Dickinson County Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Iowa Great Lakes Association has been studying the proposal submitted by the developer and its impact to the land and water in the central portion of Dickinson County. We share the East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation concerns about site drainage, building density, traffic flow, utilities, commercial use and the need for a buffer strip to protect existing residential areas.

After a careful review and consideration of both the developerís proposal and the EOLIC Dec. 12 letter, the Iowa Great Lakes Association fully supports the concerns of the East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation regarding this rezoning.

The East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation is the lake protective association that is directly connected to and concerned with East Lake Okoboji. The members of this association live on East Lake Okoboji, are knowledgeable and are thoroughly familiar with the land use issues of that area. Their positions are sound and well-taken.

The Iowa Great Lakes Association, or IGLA, was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit 501(c)4 environmental organization to protect, preserve and enhance the Iowa Great Lakes. IGLA is a multi-issue organization that strives to be an active influence in promotion for environmental health and quality of life in the Iowa Great Lakes region. We support organizations whose environmental missions include protection of the Iowa Great Lakes watershed area. IGLA Website www.iagreatlakes.com.

Yours truly,

Bill Van Orsdel