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May 9, 2021

4/23/2021 11:04:00 AM
Lindstrom Council approves townhomes on North Lindstrom Lake, okay's plat for townhomes on golf course

There are nine single family townhomes coming to the north shore of North Lindstrom Lake, based on approvals granted unanimously by Lindstrom City Council last week.  The Albrecht Lake Landing preliminary plat was approved as a Planned Unit Development (PUD), which means compromises are allowed under regular zoning code in exchange for considerations from the developer.  Open space goes to 75 percent of the entire property, an increase from what’s usually required. The site contains low, marshy terrain and a slope, which won’t be built on. In exchange the developer gets lot widths that are half of the usual, at 54 feet versus 100 feet, for example.  The developer agrees to replace 61 “quality trees” that will be removed.

The plans also call for three docks on the north end of North Lindstrom Lake, for a total of six slips.

A request from a neigboring property owner for fencing was not included in council’s action.  Planner Beth Richmond told council the city has no authority to make a fence a condition of approval.

One requirement on the project is that the site must be annexed into the city before the final plat is filed at the county. It is currently in Chisago Lake Township.

The council then gave final plat okay to a housing development reviewed in August 2020, on the golf course.  Golf Estates on 292nd features 32 townhouses.

Speaking of the Chisago Lakes golf course— the application for a variance to expand the maintenence building sitting in the center of the course,  was approved 5-0.

The city’s engineer in his update told council the pre-bid meeting for the new fire hall project went well, with 12 prime contractors and multiple subs attending.

The bid opening is April 27.

The new fire hall will be built across from city hall on vacant land where the old prefabricated cement wall factory was torn down.  The future of the vintage fire hall on Hwy 8 has not been discussed by the city council.

Two bids for streetwork in the Cedar Ridge neighborhood were laid aside so more analysis can be done. The low bid of $129,000 from Prefer Paving was substantially less than the Bluhm bid.  

Council member Bill Schlumbohm said the gap sets off alarm bells for him, and he wanted more time to see what creates an almost $100,000 difference between the two.
City Administrator John Olinger said the project is being administered in-house and is “pretty straight forward.”  Segments of streets to receive new base were identified and the rest is a reclaim and pave. Early estimates placed it below mandatory bid laws, so the city just solicited quotes.
Council will get a more in depth recommendation at the May council meeting.

Update on Highway 8 improvements
If you are curious about  proposed improvements along Hwy. 8 or if you have been hoping to give some input or to just learn more about the concept, Chisago County invites interested people to see a website for a “virtual public engagement event.”  Various local city and county officials have been invloved in choosing preferred highway designs and there are three corrdiors featured on the open house graphics.

Each of the three has four graphics depicting future uses of various segments. The choices include a round-a-bout at Karmel Avenue in option G.  Or, a new intersection is being shown at Comfort Drive and Heath in Option A.  Juno and James are re-aligned to meet in a new four-way intersection and new frontage road segments are being introduced.  Jasper and jennifer direct access to Hwy8 are closed-off in certain options.

The site closes down April 29 as an internet open house. There are opportunities to electronically share concerns and comments and ask questions as you view the information.
Chisago County Engineer Joe Triplett reports that there’s approximately $20 million committed to Highway 8 projects, and “...with the help of our state and federal legislators we will continue to seek additional state and federal funding.”

The county has embraced the lead role to coordinate the future expansion and corridor design and analysis.  

The work area affected lies between I-35 and Karmel in Chisago City.

Traditional in-person meetings and informational open house formats are not possible at this time, due tohealth concerns. The virtual format was determined to be the best option to inform the public.  

Go to https://www.chisagocounty.us/1115/Trunk-Highway-8.

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