Cedars of Elm Creek coming to west Champlin

By Megan Hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers


The Champlin City Council met Monday to discuss a new townhome development coming to west Champlin. They also accepted a donation from the Champlin Dayton Athletic Association, reviewed the work session discussions and heard from residents regarding a lot split on Mississippi Drive.


Cedars of Elm Creek

Summit Development has expressed interest to build 34 detached townhomes and five single family residential homes on 15 acres located north of West Hayden Lake Road and west of Vera Street. Their plans call for the five single family homes to be built adjacent to Vera Street while the townhomes to the west are to be a community know as The Cedars of Elm Creek. The project involved three approvals by the council involving re-zoning, preliminary planning and development plan and a preliminary plat. The townhomes are to be one level and feature common areas and lawn care. The development also includes trails, a central fountain water feature and requirements dictating what types of materials can be used within the development. The development is expected to be maintained by a home owner’s association which will be responsible for the maintenance of all common areas including the fountain, landscaped cul-de-sac island, the landscaped entry to the development and storm water ponds.

“Ultimately I think the design of the project is really nice, the curvilinear streets and the entrance into the development,” said Councilor Ryan Karasek.

It was approved in three separate motions to continue planning and development with the Cedars of Elm Creek development.     



The Champlin City Council and staff also:

HEARD a presentation from Police Chief Dave Kolb who thanked representatives from the Champlin Dayton Athletic Association (CDAA) for a $3,000 donation to the city to be used to support the DARE program.

REVIEWED Monday’s work session discussion involving the Elm Creek Dam project which will be reconstructed as early as this fall and completed in 2016. This is a 5.2 million dollar project. Three million of that is funded by the state legislature. Other funds have come from Hennepin County, Watershed district and the city. The second part of the work session was a discussion regarding the 2015 operating budget and the infrastructure replacement funds. The city has six of these funds for streets, parks, Ice Forum, capital equipment, storm sewer and street lights. Between 17 and 20 percent of the annual operating budget is set aside for future replacement and the council reviewed how this percentage of the budget would be allocated.

HEARD a presentation from Parks and Facilities Manager Charles Lehn regarding the American Legion’s intentions to donate their military tank to the city to be put in Veterans Park. There is no cost to the city to move the tank to Veteran’s Park.

REVIEWED the lot split to occur at 11912 Mississippi Dr. Champlin resident, Don Vry, is requesting a lot split on his property. Neighbors James Buesing and Jason Kozlowski spoke at the council meeting opposing this lot split. This was a controversial issue that was also discussed at the July 28 city council meeting. Mayor ArMand Nelson made a motion to approve the lot split and it was passed by a 4-0 vote.

APPOINTED Rick Klemensrude to the open Ward 4 position on the Environmental Resources Commission.

The next council work session will be Monday, Aug. 25 at 5:45 p.m. in the council conference room. The next city council meeting will be Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.


Contact Megan Hopps at [email protected]