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Clifton: Residents concerned about proposed development

Several residents concerned about the development of the Greg Most property along County Road F turned out for this month's Clifton town board meeting.

Board members assured residents that no formal plans are in place. The development, if it comes to fruition, is in the early planning phase.

Supervisor Gregg Eggers explained the proposal to develop the property to residents like this:

There is a petition to rezone the Most parcel, which is 150 to 200 acres, to Prime Residential Development (PRD). This would allow the developers to increase densities.

The Mickleson, formerly Goodwin, parcel is comprised of 250 acres west of County Road F. The development rights would be transferred from this property to the Most parcel. The DNR and Western Wisconsin Land Trust are both interested in putting the Mickleson acreage into a conservancy, especially since it is bluff land.

The developer, Rich Ahern, wants to build over 200 homes on the Most parcel. It would supposedly be a "green development," Eggers said, which means the building codes would be much more stringent than current codes. The homes would use 60 percent less energy.

Read more about this issue and more discussed at the meeting in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.