RV Parks Will House Power Plant Workers
The city council in Marshalltown, Iowa, agreed on Monday (Nov. 10) to accommodate the huge numbers of construction workers coming to this central Iowa community for upcoming construction of Alliant Energy's new 630-megawatt coal-fired power plant.
Due to inadequate housing in the community of 20,000 for employees who would be working on the facility, the city would allow landowners to construct temporary RV parks for up to seven years. At the end of that period, the parks will have to be dismantled, according to the Marshalltown Times Republican.
Applicants would have to apply for a special-use permit through the city to receive permission from the Planning and Zoning Commission.
City Planner Stephen Troskey said this would be a large scale endeavor requiring approval by all departments such as water, electric, engineering and sanitation.
Each property owner would also be required to have individual utilities upon a minimum of five acres of land.
"We have some specific land owners who are interested and they thought the idea looked pretty good, and they're willing to put in the cost," Troskey said.
The energy firm plans on investing $1.5 billion to build the power plant.