by Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Gonyea Homes presented a new development design to the Champlin City Council last Thursday.
The development contains 100 single-family homes across a 55 acre L-shaped strip of land located just north of the Elm Creek Park Reserve in Champlin.
When Gonyea Homes presented the original plan for the development to the council, there were some concerns regarding design layout and density.
The original design presented to the council included a grid-like street pattern. This design makes for superior public service access including buses and other service vehicles and enhanced driver orientation. One of the streets in the first development design ran parallel to the property line of the park reserve. The council was not pleased by this as it suggested that if residents are sitting on the deck in their backyard, their privacy is limited.
In response to their concerns, the developer provided an alternative layout that includes two cul-de-sacs, instead of through streets, while still maintaining 100 lots. The developer added that they plan to protect the large oak trees in the development that, after an archeological dig was done, were predicted to be American Indian burial grounds.
The new development includes a private clubhouse and pool as well as a lit entrance, monument signs, development entry enhancement including rod iron fencing along boulevards, large pond fountains and possible waterfall feature.
City council and staff agreed that they preferred the new layout plan over the previously presented design. Though the cul-de-sacs are generally harder to plow in the winter time, the addition of these cul-de-sacs will reduce traffic through the neighborhood making it quieter and safer for residents. Council and staff also would like the inclusion of a network of pedestrian trails and sidewalks to ensure connectivity to surrounding neighborhoods.
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