Maple Grove approves rezoning for new homes near Rush Creek Golf

BY SUE WEBBER

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

 

The Highlands of Rush Creek, a development of six single-family detached custom-designed high-end homes near the Rush Creek Golf Course, is being proposed at 81st Place and Yellowstone Lane in Maple Grove.

The Maple Grove City Council approved rezoning the 4.74-acre property from R-A single-family agricultural to R-1 Planned Unit Development single-family residential.

According to City Planner Peter Vickerman, the lots will average more than 30,000 square feet each and will be a minimum of 85 feet wide.

Zehnder Homes, Inc., developer of the site, is proposing to install a berm with trees to help deter golf balls from flying into the properties, Vickerman said in a memo to the council. Homeowners will be asked to sign acknowledgements that golf balls may enter their properties, he said.

Rush Creek Golf Course officials are looking at adjusting the direction of the tee box near the proposed homes so golfers are hitting in a more southerly direction to help reduce potential impact to the homeowners, Vickerman’s memo said.

Sidewalks proposed for the development have been removed at the request of homeowners, Vickerman told the City Council, adding that the nearby Appaloosa Woods development does not have sidewalks.

A private trail is proposed within the development to extend into Rush Creek Golf Course and provide access for golf course maintenance, he said. The trail will not be open to the public.

A lengthy 27-item consent agenda, approved by the council with no discussion, included the  following action:

 

• Claddagh Irish Pub, 7890 Main Street, will pay a $2,000 fine and have its on-sale/Sunday sale liquor license suspended Nov. 20-21 for selling liquor to a minor. The violation was not contested by the establishment’s management.

•  Approval of a joint powers agreement among Maple Grove, Osseo/Maple Grove Basketball Association (OMGBA) and Osseo School District 279 for construction of a three-gymnasium addition and supporting amenities a the Maple Grove Junior High School site. The Osseo School Board was scheduled to consider the agreement Nov. 19. The total project cost is estimated at $8.5 million. OMGBA has agreed to contribute $100,000 on Dec. 1, 2013, and $900,000 on Feb. 1, 2014, toward its commitment, along with future annual payments until the group’s 20 percent commitment is fulfilled.

• Approval of a contract between Cornerstone Advocacy Service and Project Peace. Project Peace is a joint power organization among the cities of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Center, Crystal and Robbinsdale for assisting and counseling victims of domestic abuse. The Project Peace board of directors has proposed and recommended a contract with Cornerstone Advocacy Service, a non-profit corporation that will provide services to victims of domestic abuse. Maple Grove’s share of the annual contract fee is $47,142, as it was in 2013.

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