The City of Adel is now considering another voluntary annexation. Cramer and Associates, Inc. submitted a 100 percent voluntary annexation request to the City for approximately 309 acres, south of 302nd Place and in between Highway 169 and Old Portland Road, just to the south of the current city limits.


The City Council voted to start officially start the process at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at City Hall. The process involves a consultation meeting with the County as well as Adel and Van Meter Townships, and setting a public hearing for April.


Robert Cramer, President and Chief Administrative Officer, presented plans for the development to the council, but with two caveats.


“One is that it will change,” Cramer began. “And two is, it shows a master plan of the 300 acres, but I don’t want people to get too excited about all those lots because it could take 20 years for them to build out there… so we have no idea how fast it will go.”


The development would include multi-family residential buildings and row homes as well as commercial space, including a “large grocer” and some retail space and possibly even a new school within the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School District.


Council member Rob Christensen shared some concerns before they voted on the motion to start the process of pursuing the voluntary annexation. He was concerned about the impact on the city infrastructure, like streets, the sewer system, storm sewer, public safety and more.


“We’re adding quite a few large square-feet of retail space, potentially here, some 24-plex apartments,” Christensen said. “I just want to make sure all of that gets reviewed.”


He also said he wanted to see what impact it would have on taxes and on current businesses before proceeding.


Councilman Bob Ockerman said that much of that research was already done by McClure Engineering before the last proposed annexation, which failed at the last moment after a land owner withdrew their application for voluntary annexation.


“All we’re doing is annexing the area,” Ockerman said. “We’re not doing anything else. So until he brings a plat to the council, there’s nothing other than saying, yes, this ground is in the city limits, and that’s how we normally handle it.”


Christensen said he just wanted to make sure the council was doing its due diligence and Ockerman assured that they would.


“It was one of the issues that was part of this last election and I just wanted to make sure we’re covering those issues,” Christensen said.


The motion to start the process was ultimately approved 4-0.