City Council Approves Second Reading for Duke Estates Zoning Change **VIDEO**

FREMONT – The Fremont City Council continued to discuss a request for a Zoning Change during their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

The council again discussed and heard comments about a proposed ordinance approving a request by Derick Kovick for a Zoning Change from RR Rural Residential and R-2 Moderate-Density Residential to PD Planned Development for an estimated 89.5 acres of land near Rainbow Lake. Mayor Scott Getzschman says the current ordinance is only in concern to the zoning change request.

“This is one step of the process. The process tonight is about zoning, and about a zoning change,” said Getzschman. “Once they know they can do a Planned Unit Development then they can go back and actually do their due diligence, put the numbers together, and see if the cash flows.”

The plans brought to Tuesday’s meeting had been amended by Kovick and Johnny Dorn from Cresa. Some of the amendments were requested by council members at the previous meeting. Dorn says he and Kovick plan to continue to work with the council and the community to make the planned Duke Estates work for everyone.

“We want to make it very clear that we spent a lot of time, not only as a team, to try and accommodate a lot of issues that have been addressed up to this point,” said Dorn. “We’re more than willing to go back and make those revisions appropriately. We have met with many other people to gauge any sort of concerns, comments, you name it, and apply it to this revision, and moving forward.”

The second reading on the ordinance was approved by the council with a 5-1 vote. The final reading and public hearing will take place at the council’s next meeting.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting the council approved an Ordinance establishing rate schedules for electricity consumed by customers of the Municipal Electric System. The ordinance will include a 4% increase. They also approved the appointment of Tatum Dobson and Kodi Classen as police officers.

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