10/11/2018 3:30:00 PM Town's Edge to bring 371 housing units to area
One comment period on the environmental aspects of a major North Branch development plan wrapped up in early September, and now another North Branch Environmental Assessment Worksheet is open for public review until October 24. Environmental Assessment Worksheets are mandatory on large scale development sites in Minnesota and this new EAW is for the 371 unit Town’s Edge. This plat is proposed by Graphic Homes in the northwest corner of Forest Boulevard and 375th.
Ditch Number 7 crosses the upper part of the proposed development area.
Unlike the previous EAW north end project, Town’s Edge is not preparing for any commercial uses, this will be a mix of single family, townhouse structures. A city park is also included.
The comments deadline for this EAW is October 24. The city acts as the responsible governing unit on the EAW and council will review information and either decide a more in depth review is needed (Environmental Impact Statement) or it will accept the EAW as complete.
To review what’s in the worksheet there is a copy at city hall or see the North Branch website. (Make sure you are on the Town’s Edge-Graphic Homes EAW.)
Comments go to the community development director at Carlav@north-branch.mn.us. Paper comments, send to the city hall at 6408 Elm Street, P.O. Box 910 North Branch, MN 55056
In the EAW Graphic Homes has detailed a project that will eliminate 71 acres of cropland, nine acres of woodland and about four acres of wetland. The farmstead there now will be razed; including silos, sheds, house, barn, etc.
Town’s Edge is planned in phases, potentially starting sitework as early as year-end, or in spring 2019. The first area proposed to be built will be rural residential lots on the south end of the project (one acre) which will have well and septic. The remainder of Town’s Edge will require extending North Branch sewer and watermain systems. This consists of 295 single family lots, 26 townhouse units in 13 lots, 50 detached townhomes and 20 “transitional” lots, along with the 10 larger rural lots.
According to the EAW there will be a 39 million gallon per year water demand in the occupied dwellings. This is still in the range of what North Branch is permitted for drawing from the aquifer long term.