Maple Grove reviews plans for 2 housing sites

3 businesses fail liquor license compliance checks

The Maple Grove City Council looked at a planned unit development (PUD) concept and development stage plan for Stella Ridge, a housing project, during its Monday, July 15 meeting.

The council also considered an amendment to the Bridges at Arbor Lakes Third Addition.

There were also three liquor license violations before the council.

 

STELLA RIDGE

The council considered a PUD concept and development stage plan for the Stella Ridge project. This project would include 13 single-family detached residential lots. The project site is located northwest of 77th Avenue N. and northeast of Dunkirk Lane N.

City Planner Peter Vickerman said four of the lots would have direct access to Lawndale Lane, while the other four would have access from a proposed extension of 78th Avenue N. into the property.

The applicant said he was hoping to get something in the ground for the project this year.

The council first directed staff to draft an ordinance rezoning the subject property from R-A, single-family agricultural to R-2, PUD, single-family residential PUD, subject to the final plat. Councilor Erik Johnson was absent from the meeting.

The council then directed the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the PUD concept and development stage plan of Stella Ridge, subject to several conditions.

 

BRIDGES AT ARBOR LAKES

Another housing development was before the council — the Bridges at Arbor Lakes Third Addition PUD amendment. The applicant was requesting to change a 12-unit back-to-back townhome into an 8-unit side-by-side townhome. The project would be located between Magnolia Lane and Larch Lane.

Planner Vickerman said both the Planning Commission and surrounding residents expressed concerns about the change in building style. He added since the Planning Commission meeting, the applicant proposed to flip the orientation of the building having the fronts of the side-by-side facing Magnolia Lane and other fronts. The garages would face other garages of a development directly to the east.

It was suggested by staff that the applicant continue to refine and improve the proposed architecture based on comments from the Planning Commission.

Mayor Mark Steffenson questioned the back side of the proposal and why it was so flat. The applicant said the backs would match the other backs of the units on the other side of the street. “The concern we have had here historically is that sometimes some of these townhomes end up looking like a barracks,” Mayor Steffenson added.

The council tabled discussion on the Bridges at Arbor Lakes Third Addition to allow the applicant to work with staff and come back to a future meeting.

 

LIQUOR VIOLATIONS

The council also took up matters on three businesses that failed liquor license compliance checks. The Maple Grove Police Department conducted alcohol compliance checks in June. The three businesses served alcohol to a minor undercover/decoy.

The first violation was by Chipotle Mexican Grill. This is the restaurant’s second violation within a three-year time period. The council directed the city attorney to prepare appropriate findings of fact and conclusion in support of the decision to suspend the on sale/Sunday sale liquor license for Chipotle Mexican Grill for five consecutive days and impose a civil penalty of $2,000 for consideration at the next Council meeting.

The second violation was by JC’s Bar and Grill. This is a first violation within a three-year time period. The council directed the city attorney to prepare appropriate findings of fact and conclusion in support of the decision to suspend the on sale/Sunday sale liquor license for JC’s Bar and Grill for two consecutive days and impose a civil penalty of $2,000 for consideration at the next Council meeting.

The final violation was by the Maple Tavern. This is a first violation within a three-year time period. The council directed the city attorney to prepare appropriate findings of fact and conclusion in support of the decision to suspend the on sale/Sunday sale liquor license for the Maple Tavern for two consecutive days and impose a civil penalty of $2,000 for consideration at the next Council meeting.

 

OTHER

In other action, the council:

SET a special City Council meeting for Monday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes traffic management items.

APPROVED the appointment of Rory Howell to the Arbor Committee to a term to expire Dec. 31.

AUTHORIZED staff to begin the recruitment process for a part-time assessing technician in the Assessing Department due to the retirement of Mary Peterson.

 

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