Champlin swaps land with park district

Champlin City Council authorized a zoning change and land transfer with Three Rivers Park District. According to City Planner Scott Schulte, the city approve and agreed to the land exchange with the park district in 2006 in association with the municipal facilities expansion project.

With the council’s approval at the Feb. 25 meeting, the city will transfer two lots to the park district in exchange for 8.8 acres of park land just west of the city hall campus. Council approved a lot split of the 8.8 acres from a larger piece of park property, approved combining it with the city hall campus property and rezoning from agricultural/residential to commercial  general business.

Schulte said the property is bisected by an existing regional trail that will be served with a recorded trail easement.

“The city does reserve the right to relocate the trail for expansion of municipal facilities,” said Shculte. He said the land could have potential uses for public works expansion as well as serving the ice forum for greater parking lot expansion, or other possible municipal uses.

The land the city exchanged includes the Kilmer property which the city acquired during the Elm Creek Crossing project and a small, undevelopable parcel in the southwest part of Champlin by 109th Avenue and Goose Lake Road. The property is adjacent to other Three Rivers Park properties. Schulte said these lots were already appropriately guided and rezoned.

In other land news, the city has three residential lots they are interested in selling. Individuals interested in these lots can contact Schulte at 763-923-7102.

In further action, the city council opened the public hearing on the 2013 street reclaim and pave project but tabled it for further discussion to the March 25 council meeting. More information, including the feasibility study on this project can be found on the city’s website at


Contact Mindy Mateuszczyk at [email protected]