Dayton approves final development agreement for River Hill Farms

204 homes to be built in Dayton by project’s completion

by megan hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers


The Dayton City Council approved the amended preliminary plat and final planned unit development agreement for the River Hill Farms development Tuesday, Sept. 24.

A total of 204 single family homes are to be built within the next four years on 169 acres just north of Diamond Lake Road and south of Dayton River Road. 116 lots are designed for empty nester households providing single level living along with maintained yards and driveways. The project contains open space for parks and wetlands.

Abundant site amenities include a grand entrance to the area at Diamond Lake Road with extensive landscaping. The plan also includes park and natural open space areas and provides screening along the length of Dayton River Road. The revised plat proposed an underpass to connect River Hills to the Mississippi River and Cloquet Overlook Park. The builders goal throughout the project is to incorporate the land’s natural topography within the development and to preserve the site’s wetlands and natural areas.

The builders also have plans to incorporate a new park on site and trails throughout the development. The proposed project strives to preserve more trees on the site and includes lots of natural screening between homes and along streets to preserve the city’s rural feel. This is the city’s largest development approved in Dayton’s history.

The city also approved the preliminary and final plats along with the developers agreement for the Sundance Woods project. The first phase of the project will take place in the southeast corner of the 75-acre site. The project includes 191 lots and 7 acres of park space which will include a soccer field and playground structure. The development is expected to increase the city’s total population to more than 5,000 and reestablish the city as being eligible for Municipal State Aid transportation funds. This will provide more than $200,000 annually toward future road construction and maintenance.

Some other benefits of the revised plat include a fully landscaped parkway, off-site parking, trails along the parkway, and water service from Maple Grove to serve south west Dayton along Fernbrook. Grading and utility will begin this fall so a model is ready for the 2014 Parade of Homes.

Other consent items included the approval of a conditional use permit to allow dog day care and boarding at a multi-tenant building for Dog Tired of Minnesota and an amendment to the speed on South Diamond Lake Road which was five miles per hour slower than the MNDot recommendation. No residents spoke during open forum at the Sept. 24 meeting. The Dayton City council will meet again Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the council chambers.


Contact Megan Hopps at [email protected]