Corcoran neighbors ask to eliminate Lennar development trail connections

by AARON BROM

SUN PRESS Newspapers

 

More than 80 percent of residences at Hedke Hackamore Estates petitioned the Corcoran City Council to eliminate a proposed trail access and sidewalk at the Lennar residential development (named Ravinnia).

The council also approved an open house date for the new public works facility, and heard about Metropolitan Council plans to construct a utility interceptor to the city’s border in northeast Corcoran.

 

PETITION

Staff said a petition was received from Hedke Hackamore Estates at Hunter Lane in regards to trail items related to the Lennar development. Lennar plans to construct more than 400 homes at its site in the city’s southeast corner.

“The petition includes 34 signatures  from the neighborhood and a request that the city consider eliminating trails in two locations adjacent to the neighborhood in the proposed development,” city administrator Brad Martens said in his memo to the council. “The city council must accept the petition but has no requirement to take action.”

Martens also indicated that staff continues to recommend that trail connections be constructed as included in the plans for the proposed development.

The city council also heard from Hunter Lane residents and took input at the council meeting.

“Several of the residents have moved into the neighborhood within the past five years with one of the largest draws being that it is a small, quiet neighborhood with little motor vehicle or pedestrian traffic,” Kristin Sharma said in the petition.

She was also concerned about removing a natural tree barrier “between our neighborhood and the much larger development,” saying that removing the trees makes the neighborhood more accessible to pedestrian traffic and noise

“Staff was directed to look at other options and meet with the residents in the future,” Martens later said. “Four-hundred homes changes the character of the neighborhood.”

The council took no further action but did want to make sure that an easement exists on the trail side east of Hunter Lane in case of future development.

 

PUBLIC WORKS

In other matters, the council heard that the new public works facility received its certificate of occupancy Jan. 29.

“Since that time staff has begun to move in some equipment as time has allowed,” administrator Martens said in his memo. “Phones and computers will be installed in the following week.”

He said many items still need to be completed, such as the installation of the fence, landscaping, and the final wear course of bituminous. He said those items would take place in spring.

The council agreed to schedule a public works facility open house Thursday, May 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.

 

METRO 

UTILITY LINE

In further news, the council heard from staff that the Metropolitan Council — appointed by the governor to regulate city growth plans and utility infrastructure — is designing a gravity sewer interceptor to be constructed to the Corcoran border at County Rd. 101 north of Stieg Road.

The project is to be completed in 2015.

“Since that time staff has had two separate requests for information related to availability of the interceptor for properties in that area,” administrator Martens said.

He said staff is requesting the council approve the city engineer to do the work necessary to roughly plan the sewer and water resources related to northeast Corcoran so staff can answer questions being asked of them.

He added that the city engineer has estimated he can do the work necessary to provide a rough plan with costs of infrastructure for around $500.

The Corcoran side of County Rd. 101 is zoned for light industrial and commercial/mixed use. Behind that is high-density residential.

The council authorized the engineer to look into the sewer and water service for the northeast corner of Corcoran.

In other action, the council:

HEARD from Jim Westrum, Wazata Schools Executive Director of Finance and Business, regarding the Feb. 25 special referendum election. He also talked about development plans and enrollment projections. The city’s proposed Lennar development is located in the Wayzata district.

APPOINTED Jacqueline Klass to the parks and trails commission.

HEARD that two Corcoran police officers are on injured leave. One was hurt outside of work and the other was injured on the job.

 

Contact Aaron Brom at aaron.brom@ecm-inc.com

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