Eagan to vote on Development
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Saint Paul, MN
#1 Jan 26, 2013
Dakota County director says housing development would hurt Lebanon Hills
By Nick Ferraro
Posted: 01/26/2013 12:49:57 PM CST
January 27, 2013 1:46 AM GMTUpdated: 01/26/2013 07:46:35 PM CST
Opposition to a proposed housing development for Eagan's last 18-hole golf course is in full swing.
Since developer Hunter Emerson first presented a plan last spring to build single-family houses at the current site of Parkview Golf Club, most of the resistance has been from golfers and residents of two adjacent neighborhoods concerned about traffic and other quality-of-life issues.
Now another concerned neighbor has stepped forward.
Steve Sullivan, Dakota County's parks director, told the city's planning commission last week that the housing development would have visual "impacts to the quality of recreation" at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, which borders the privately owned golf course, and that it "devalues the investment
that's been made to the public infrastructure of the park."
Sullivan said that trails are proposed for the park land immediately adjacent to the golf course -- and possibly a disc golf course or off-leash dog area -- and that the developer's planned 20-foot landscaped buffer between the two properties would be ineffective.
"If the land had been (designated) residential and then zoned residential, I think as a county, there'd be nothing we could say," Sullivan said.
After a discussion and public hearing that lasted nearly two hours, the planning commission on Tuesday, Jan. 22, recommended that the city council deny Hunter Emerson's requests to rezone the park land and build 177 homes on 79 acres south of Cliff Road between Pilot Knob
Road and Lexington Avenue.
Planning commission member Dan Piper said the park director's comments were enough for him to vote against the plan.
"It's a hard pill to swallow when a representative from Dakota County comes in and says we need more buffer to the park," Piper said. "That's a really important thing that I think we heard tonight."
But not all is lost for the Eden Prairie-based real estate developer.
The commission is an advisory body. On Feb. 5, the city council expects to make a final decision on a land-use amendment and plans for the proposed housing development, named Dakota Path.
Added traffic was the primary theme among the half-dozen residents who spoke against the plan last week, although they also raised concerns about storm-water runoff, a loss of mature trees and keeping a cellphone tower, noting it would violate city setback requirements.
City engineer John Gorder said a traffic-impact study, as reviewed by city and county staff, concluded that roads and intersections in the area -- both proposed and existing -- can accommodate the added traffic from the housing development.
"That's not to say that there will not be increased traffic in front of someone's house," he added. "That's a quality-of-life issue."
Hunter Emerson co-owner Kurt Manley said the company will continue to work with city staff to try to get the remaining issues resolved.
"We obviously don't agree with the way (the planning commission) viewed the proposal at the meeting," he said, "and we believe we can get a positive result when it goes to the council."
Noting that he met with county officials prior to the meeting, Manley said he was surprised by Sullivan's thoughts on the 20-foot buffer. He said the 13 other housing developments that back up to Lebanon Hills do not have buffer areas.
"We would have an average of 87 feet from the back of the homes to the park," he said.
Hunter Emerson received a key decision from the Metropolitan Council in October, when the planning agency unanimously approved a request for a land-use change to the city's comprehensive plan. That set up the council's Feb. 5 vote.
Maybe the city can turn it down then take the park by eminent domain to build an outlet mall.
#2 Jan 26, 2013
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#3 Jan 26, 2013
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#4 Jan 26, 2013
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