The Newton Planning and Zoning Commission will consider proposals to annex approximately 64 acres of land located immediately east of the Iowa Speedway into the corporate city limits when it meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
The proposal was initiated last fall by the owners of Raceway Acres - Stan, Luke and Tyler Clement. The limited liability corporation owners asked that two tracts of land it owns east of the Speedway totaling approximately 21 acres be voluntarily annexed into the city. The company purchased the property from the Beukema family last year.
Following the request from Raceway Acres, city officials worked with Galen and Lori Modlin who are now seeking that a 4-acre tract of land they own adjacent to the site be also voluntarily annexed into the city. City staff made overtures to the Modlins so that an island of unincorporated land would not be created by the move.
The Modlins are also asking for a 10-year tax transition period from rural to city designated property. Should the tax transition not be approved, or the Clements withdraw their application, the Modlins will withdraw their voluntary annexation request.
City officials are also asking that Planning and Zoning amend the city limits line to include the full right-of-way for Iowa Speedway Drive and the sanitary sewer lift station to the south of the annexed areas.
The Planning commission is being asked to designate the newly annexed areas as Tourist Oriented Commercial Districts and Prairie Fire Design Overlay Districts.
The Newton City Council will need to provide final approval to the request.
Planning commission members will also continue discussions on accessory building regulations.