‘Ravinia’ to usher city into urban development
For quite a while the city of Corcoran referred to its first ever planned municipal development as “the Lennar site,” named after the development company.
That site now has a name, Ravinia, and has some official city council approvals.
The council voted 4-1 to approve the preliminary plat; councilor Tom Cossette was opposed.
City planner Kendra Lindahl presented the preliminary planned unit development (PUD), preliminary plat and rezoning for Ravinia, located at Gleason Road and County Rd. 101 in the city’s southeastern corner.
Lennar’s plan is for 426 homes on 266 acres. The proposed development would have a net density (upland minus wetlands) of approximately 3 units per acre. Lindahl said this is consistent with the land use plan, which would allow a density of 3-5 units per acre.
The Planning Commission reviewed this item Dec. 5 and voted unanimously to recommend approval. Lindahl said there were several issues that were raised by multiple residents at the planning commission meeting.
“There was a question about whether or not Hennepin County has any plans to improve County Rd. 101 north of Hackamore,” Lindahl said in her memo. “Hennepin County has no construction plans on their capital improvements list at this time for the area north of the proposed Lennar development. However, improvements at Hackamore and Gleason Parkway intersections with County Rd. 101 will be improved as part of this project.”
The city’s Parks and Trails Commission also reviewed the development plans. Lindahl said the commission voted unanimously to recommend the following:
• Acceptance of park dedication for 26.6 net acres where 23.30 net acres are required to satisfy park dedication requirements for this site for the following approximate acreages:
• The new open space park in the northwest portion of the site (41.64 gross acres/19.57 net acres)
• A new central public park (2.85 gross acres/2.73 net acres)
• Public trails (4.3 gross acres/4.3 net acres)
• Encourage development of the private neighborhood park (0.67 gross acres/0.67 net acres), but not provide park dedication credit.
• Accept the 1 acre water tank site as needed for infrastructure improvements not park dedication.
The property is zoned RSF-2 (single family residential 2) Rural Residential and is Low Density Residential, which is planned to be developed at 3-5 units per acre.
“If the requested preliminary applications are approved, the applicant would submit a final PUD development plan and final plat,” Lindahl said. “The applicant has indicated that this will occur in phases.”
Lindahl concluded that staff recommends adoption of a resolution approving the final plat, resolution approving the preliminary PUD development plan, ordinance approving the rezoning to PUD, resolution approving findings of fact for the rezoning, and summary ordinance approving the rezoning.
Each of these were approved by the council. Councilor Cossette was opposed to plat approval, approving the PUD, and approving the findings of fact. He did join the council in approving the ordinance rezoning to PUD, and the summary ordinance approving the rezoning.
Cossette said he would have preferred more time in the process to provide feedback on the development, not specifically with Lennar but with the lack of opportunity to provide direction on the development.
City administrator Brad Martens later said, “Now it goes to Lennar. They have to work on all those conditions for final plat approval.”
Martens said Lennar would like to see that approval in February.
“The ball is in their court,” he said. “It really depends on how hard Lennar wants to go after this. I do know we’re working on infrastructure to support the development.”
He said the infrastructure, such as sewer and water, will go out for bid in March and should be constructed by August “if the final plat is approved.” He said dirt could move this summer.
“I think it’s an exciting time to be planning the future in Corcoran,” Martens said. “There is a lot of opportunity here and some existing resources and natural beauty. Maintaining the character in Corcoran is a high priority.”
In other action, the council:
HEARD that delays at the new public works facility have pushed back completion to the end of January.