By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Dayton City Council and staff heard from several residents regarding the city’s plan to commercially develop in southwest Dayton.
The council also discussed improvements to be made at McNeil Park.
The city is considering the southwest portion of Dayton for commercial and industrial use beginning as soon as next year. Over the past two months the Comprehensive Plan Task Force has been reviewing the Future Land Use (FLU) Plan and considering changes to the parcels currently guided Urban Reserve as well as changing land uses in south west Dayton. Draft plans were developed and presented to the community at an open house on May 5. The Planning Commission also held a public hearing on May 15 regarding the proposed changes. Currently, mapping changes have not been made, but will be presented to the council at the May 27 meeting.
Highlights of the Future Land Use changes include an expanded area of industrial development in the southwest, new commercial areas planned at the future interchange at 117th Ave., and medium and high density residential located to wrap around future commercial, mixed use and business park areas.
JoAnne Hines spoke in open forum regarding these changes. She is requesting that the land be zoned for low density single family homes. Due to Met Council regulations low density is one home per 2.1 to 2.7 acres. Hines’ property borders the portion of land the city plans to develop.
Charles Ross, who lives near the Diamond Lake Woods development, also objected the city’s plan for the land. His home that he had just built and moved into less than a year ago borders the piece of land that is being considered for industrial and commercial use. Ross explains that the reason he built the house there is because of his views from the second level of his home. He added that he would not want to be in his home with construction noise and workers around his property for months at a time and has invited the mayor and city council to his home to experience what he would have to endure if the city chooses to develop commercially and industrially near his property.
Next month, the city will begin upgrades to the McNeil Park playground with the help of volunteers and public works staff.
Private donations and a grant from Hennepin County made these updates possible. Originally, the plan was to have the concrete finishing throughout the park done by the city’s public works crew. However, because the crew is down one staff member, who also happens to be the most experienced concrete finisher, the city is going with a different option to finish the job. Minnesota-Wisconsin Playground will pour and finish the concrete instead.
This impacts the financial aspect of the project. The cost to bring in Minnesota-Wisconsin Playground is nearly $9,000. However, the city would have had to pay their workers overtime to finish the pavement. By bringing in the private vendor, this eliminates the cost of overtime and ensures the quality of work.
The concrete covers the borders, benches and equipment footings in McNeil Park.
In other action, the council:
PLANNED to transfer all data from the old website to a new city government program, GovOffice.
HIRED two new seasonal public works employees.
APPOINTED Martin Farrell as Acting Public Works Superintendant.
REVIEWED the 2014 Pavement Management Overlay Project.
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