Corcoran OKs Ravinia subdivision first phase

Will be first subdivision to get city utilities

Corcoran soon will get its first single-family housing development served by municipal sanitary sewers and water.

The Corcoran City Council, Thursday, April 24, approved the final plat for phase one of the Ravinia subdivision, proposed for the area west of County Road 101 and north of Gleason Road. U.S. Homes, doing business as Lennar, is proposing to build 426 single-family detached homes on a 266.57-acre site located south of Corcoran Lions Park. The first phase is expected to consist of 36 lots and five out-lots.

The City Council also approved a planned unit development final plan and authorized City Administrator Brad Martens and Mayor Ken Guenthner to execute a development agreement with Lennar. A planned unit development zoning will give Lennar more flexibility in planning the development than is available under Corcoran’s regular zoning ordinances.

Lennar expects to build Ravinia in nine phases, and each would need City Council approval of a final plat. As relevant phases come before the City Council, the developer would be asked to dedicate land for two public parks.

Lennar would like to build two model homes as soon as possible, said City Administrator Martens, after the meeting. Grading is likely to begin this summer. Start of home construction would be dependent upon weather. Home building could begin as early as this year or as late as 2015.

Children of residents of the new Ravinia development would be eligible for enrollment in Wayzata Public Schools. Earlier this year school district voters authorized Wayzata Schools to expand Wayzata High School and build a new elementary school in the northern part of the district. School district officials called for the referendum after looking at numbers for recent and proposed housing construction in southeast Corcoran, northeast Medina, northwest Plymouth and southwest Maple Grove.

Vacant land amounting to 41.68 acres once was owned by the estate of Richard J. Deziel and soon will become part of Ravinia. The land sold for $1.14 million.

Before residents could move into homes in Ravinia, municipal sewer and water must be available. Access to water temporarily will come from Maple Grove across County Road 101, Martens said. Water pipes eventually would come down County Road 101 from Maple Grove.

Sanitary sewers in Corcoran will hook up to Metropolitan Council sanitary sewers. Corcoran is planning to build a sanitary sewer lift station in Lions Park and sewer pipes to Ravinia. A second Metropolitan Council lift station will be constructed to the north.

Plans for Ravinia show several wetlands on the site, one of which would be crossed by Gleason Parkway, a major road running through the development. Last year the City Council reviewed results of an Environmental Assessment Worksheet and concluded that there was no need for an Environmental Impact Statement.

The development agreement for Ravinia shows that both Corcoran and Lennar will be making multimillion dollar public improvements to support the development. Of the $6,097,044 in improvements, Corcoran will spend an estimated $3,020,000, Lennar will spend an estimated $3,073,244 and $3,800 will come from private sources. The money will go toward sanitary sewers, traffic signals at county roads 101 and 116, improvements to 66th Avenue and Hackamore Road, and turn lanes for County Road 101 and 66th Avenue at County Road 116. Some of these improvements reflect the fact that Ravinia residents eventually would have access to County Road 116 in addition to County Road 101.

On April 24, the City Council authorized the letting of bids for the first public improvement, turn lanes at County Road 101 and Gleason Road. This is the area at the entrance to Ravinia. Estimated cost is $130,000. Bid opening is scheduled for May and start of construction for June.

The Ravinia project has two sets of neighbors, Kevin and DeDe Tabor and Carolyn and Michael Haeger, all of whom live on Gleason Road, soon to be renamed Gleason Parkway. Gleason Road will be rerouted to minimize wetland impacts. Vacation of the eastern end of Gleason Road will be part of the rerouting of the road, and driveway access for the Tabors and Haegers will be affected.

The City Council spent some time discussing how to protect property rights for the Tabors and Haegers. The council approved the vacation but added some conditions to the approval. Lennar must prepare a private driveway agreement with the Haegers for construction and maintenance of a new driveway at Lennar’s expense, Martens said.

Lennar also must prepare a temporary access and maintenance agreement for the Haeger and Tabor properties.