WATERLOO — Flooding concerns led the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors to reject a zoning request for more homes southwest of Janesville.
Board members voted 3-2 Tuesday to reject a request of DS Development to rezone 22 acres of farm land for three new residential lots along Winslow Road just east of the west fork of the Cedar River.
Supervisors Craig White, Frank Magsamen and Chris Schwartz voted against the zoning change, while supervisors Tom Little and Linda Laylin supported a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Board to approve it.
White said concerns about flooding, drainage and a lack of water for fire protection swayed his decision.
“Any time we’ve got water, the first people come from out in that area, the Winslow area,” White said. “I’ve got real concerns about any more buildings out there.”
County Zoning Administrator Seth Hyberger said the site was not in the flood plain based on current Federal Emergency Management Agency and flood insurance rate maps. But the Iowa Flood Center indicated the area had a 1 percent chance of annual flooding based on its data.
DS Development initially sought to rezone 76 acres of land for nine new housing lots but scaled back the request when the zoning commission voted to recommend denying the larger area based on neighbors’ drainage concerns.
DS Development’s Brent Dahlstrom said the company had intended to plat the three lots so each site had a location for a home that was not in the Iowa Flood Center’s potential flood zone.
“None of it is in the (FEMA) flood plain right now,” Dahlstrom said. “But if this (Iowa Flood Center) map would ever be adopted, we want to make sure the houses would be out of any future area as well.”