|9/3/2020 2:36:00 PM|
Final plat for Green Lake Villas approved minus one Riparian lot
High Point Land, LLC, plans to develop 35 detached town homes and custom homes on the former Lakeside Elementary School property on Little Green Lake. On Aug. 25, the Chisago City Council approved the final plat for Green Lake Villas with one last-minute change, eliminating lakeshore (riparian) rights from one lot in the Planned Unit Development.
In view of a late response from the Department of Natural Resources regarding the possible need for an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW), the council and developer agreed to eliminate one riparian (lakeshore access) lot. Administrator John Pechman said the DNR response arrived on the day of the council meeting.
Pechman told the council that the city’s ordinances did not require an EAW for the development. He also told the council that eliminating one riparian lot (a lot with rights to the lakeshore) from the project would meet the DNR standard.
Also, on the advice of City Attorney Tom Miller, the council acknowledged receipt of a letter of objection to the project from an attorney representing several Green Lake property owners. Miller advised the council that they could vote to approve or deny the plat that night, that all due notice had been given and because the project is a PUD, past practice allows the city to make variance and density changes in a development according to the PUD agreement.
Councilwoman Marie Rivers moved to approve the final plat with all conditions recommended by the planning commission and making Lot 17 a nonriparian lot. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Prior to the vote, City Planner Courtney Wiekert had reported that neighbor concerns voiced at an Aug. 6 public hearing included water ponding and drainage, setbacks from adjacent properties, the number of docks allowed, and overall density as well as questions about possible fences, trees and buffering. At the hearing, some residents said that they believed vibration caused by demolition of the old school had caused damage to their properties.
The planning commission had reviewed the public comments with the developer and city staff. Lake property on the west is wooded and trees will remain as a buffer. Other homes off the lake are 40 to 50 feet off the property line. A fence is proposed on the east property line to separate the development from the adjacent property. She said the planning commission had no concerns about the common dock.
The developer proposes to plant native grasses, wildflowers and reeds along the lakeshore as a buffer and to provide filtration. One deciduous tree will be planted on each lot when a home is built. Three outlots will be preserved as open spaces.
A sidewalk will be constructed from the neighbor’s driveway at 10155 Wyoming Ave. to the northeast edge of the development to connect with existing sidewalk.
City staff also recommended a vibration monitor be installed near the east property line during construction of the development.
The developer will pay park fees of $67,375, trail fees of $15,750, water trunk charges of $18,377 and sewer trunk charges of $24,769.
The townhouses will range in price from $342,000 to $385,000 according to information provided by the developer.