|8/7/2020 1:09:00 PM|
Fairview lot subdivision and prelim plat for Green Lake Villas; plus
Applewood Nursery design OK'd
Land use issues dominated much of the discussion at the July 28 Chisago City Council meeting.
With positive recommendations from the city planning commission, the council unanimously approved the final plat for a minor subdivision separating the Fairview Clinic site from the former Chisago Lakes Hospital building and surrounding property at 11725 Stinson Ave.
The council also approved a preliminary plat for Green Lake Villas, a planned unit development on the former Lakeside Elementary School property.
In regard to the 12-acre Fairview subdivision, the council pointed out there are no plans for development of the property at this time. The subdivision results in three lots and includes dedication of public rights of way for 302nd Street and Stinson Ave. as well as a 10-foot drainage and utility easement. Fairview has no plans to remove any trees on the property. Before approving the Fairview plat, the city recommended adjusting Lot 1, Block 3 of the subdivision to include the adjacent bike trail in the public right-of-way or to provide an easement for the bike trail.
The council then went on to approve a preliminary plat for Green Lake Villas submitted by Don Skelly of High Pointe Land LLC. Skelly proposes to create 35 lots for detached town homes and custom homes on the former Lakeside School property.
The planning commission heard comments for and against the project at a July 2 public hearing. Opponents of the project expressed concerns about density and quality of the homes, the number of boat slips for the size of the lake, adequate storage of docks and boats, preservation of trees and green space, setbacks, runoff into Green Lake and water quality. Because of Covid 19, public comments could not be expressed at the public hearing in person. Those submitting comments had asked if a public hearing could be held outdoors so people could attend in person while maintaining social distancing.
The city council approved the preliminary plat July 28 with 13 recommendations that included: providing one deciduous tree on every lot, proposed covenants for trees and green space preservation, an eight-foot wide trail extending from 10155 Wyoming Ave. to connect with the sidewalk at the northeast edge of the development, and payment of $67,375 in park fees, $15,750 in trail fees, $18,377 in water trunk charges, and $24,769 in sewer trunk charges. The developer must also address all comments received from the city engineer, city attorney, public works and the Department of Natural Resources as approved by the city.
Councilman Jeremy Dresel said that the developer had “worked really hard to address the concerns” voiced by the public, adding “I think they’ll be good neighbors.”
After approving the preliminary plat, the council went on to approve a petition to rezone the property from Public/semipublic-Facility and R-2, Low/Medium Density Residential, to R-3, Medium Density Residential.
In other land use actions:
- The council enthusiastically endorsed the design submitted by Steve Curtis of Applewood Nursery for a new commercial building, storage building and greenhouse at 8785 Green Lake Trail. Applewood Nursery must move from its current location on Highway 8 due to the proposed future reconstruction and widening of Highway 8 from Forest Lake to Chisago City. The nursery is moving to a 45-acre agricultural site at Itasca and Green Lake Trail within the limits of the City of Chisago City. The property is zoned for Planned Mixed Development; nurseries and wholesale nurseries are a permitted use in the district. The planning commission gave unanimous approval to the design, saying the site was a great location and the building and new business were an asset to the community.
The approved structure will include offices, a residential retail sales area, a commercial retail sales area, a storage area and future greenhouse, set back 450 feet from Green Lake Trail. The council welcomed the nursery to Chisago City with Councilwoman Marie Rivers describing it as “an incredible nursery.”
The council voted unanimously to vacate the platted right of way within Block 1, A.W. Carlson’s Rearrangement of Lots 1 and 13 inclusive of Chisago Beach. The right of way includes the adjacent alley dividing the property at 11905 Oak Street. The same person owns property on both sides of the right of way.
- The council approved vacating right of way at Garden Place and part of Wyoming Avenue in the plat of August Johnson’s addition. The request is related to the Green Lake Villas development on the former Lakeside School property. All existing utility easements in the vacated right of way must be retained and shown on the preliminary plat for Green Lake Villas.