North Shore Development Update

North Shore Development Update

North Shore PUD Map

North Shore is a large project of approximately 360 acres of mixed-use development north of Lake Colechester at the north entrance of Norwalk, just south of HWY 5 and west of HWY 28. The North Shore Development has been a topic of discussion in Norwalk for many years. It seems that each year new rumors emerge about the status of the development. The purpose of this short article is update our residents and businesses about the facts behind this project.

When residents don’t see on-site activity, rumors start. The City’s goal has been to provide in-depth oversite on the predevelopment process, a process that has proved to be very complicated. At some point in the process, development details become public, as the zoning and development agreements are approved by Council. During this process we hold public hearings and other meetings designed to gather input from residents and inform them of new details.
Because it is complicated, the North Shore Development has been a long journey. Below are just a sample of the hurdles that has to be overcome by the property owners to prepare North Shore for development. 

  • Review and discuss development details with the Lakewood Village Association and associated Lakewood Recreation Benefit District 
  • Permitting and regulatory compliance with the Waters of the United States, identifying wetlands, and environmental considerations, and Army Corp of Engineers 
  • Waters of the United States assessment and remediation
  • Wetlands assessment and remediation
  • Archeological review Endangered species study
  • Zoning review and compliance; creation and adoption of the North Shore Planned Unit Development (PUD)
  • Analyze and design storm water management and control procedures to fully protect Lake Colechester and other downstream communities 
  • Design engineering parameters to integrate water, sanitary sewer, and transportation infrastructure in the 360 acre development

Every one of these matters have been resolved and even today we are working with the property owners to discuss access from HWY 28 with the Iowa DOT. We are also continuing to work with the landowners to achieve an incentives package that will help spur development within the commercially zoned parcels. We are starting to see positive interest from developers in the residential and commercial sites, which will help offset costs of the above mentioned process in the near future. 

The City and the developers have one chance to get it right. Please help us spread the word so that others can understand this project and why it is so important to move carefully through the process. We are all excited to see this move forward. Once again, patience is good, facts are great, and good things come to those who wait!

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