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Morning after Council Report: July 5

Post Date:07/06/2017 6:15 p.m.
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The Shakopee City Council met Wednesday, July 5. Among the meeting highlights: 

Council updates park dedication fees for multifamily development

The City Council approved changes to the city’s park dedication fees for multifamily developments. The council voted to decrease fees to $2,225 per unit for multifamily properties in which more than 60-percent of its market-rate units are one bedroom and studios. The change was made since smaller units typically have fewer occupants. Multifamily developments with less than 60 percent one-bedroom and studio units will continue to pay park dedication fees of $4,450 per unit. Single-family, townhouse and commercial/industrial development fees were not changed. The city’s park dedication fee ordinance was updated as well with changes to how park dedication fees are calculated. More information: Jamie Polley, Director of Parks and Recreation, 952-233-9514. 

Council approves Orderly Annexation Agreement with Jackson Township

The City Council approved an Orderly Annexation Agreement that lays out guidelines for annexation of Jackson Township property into Shakopee city limits. Among the highlights of the agreement:

  • The adjacency requirement was reduced from 50 to 25 percent, which means parcels can be annexed with less adjacency to existing city property.
  • To compensate for lost revenue due to annexation, the city will compensate the township seven times the township’s property tax (fixed at January 2017 taxable values).

The agreement sets the stage for the city to annex future land at the request of property owners and the township. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346. 

City of Shakopee in good financial shape

The city’s auditors from BerganKDV shared the 2016 annual Financial Report. The report, running Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016, noted the city is in a strong fiscal position. It is available on the city website at The report noted no material deficiencies – a rarity for many communities. More information: Darin Nelson, Finance Director, 952-233-9326.

City hires WSB to design permanent Vierling Drive connection; Council receives update on development plans

The City Council approved a contract with WSB Associates in the amount of $129,828 to design an extension of Vierling Drive from Taylor Street to County Highway 69. Currently, a temporary road connects Taylor Street and County Highway 69. The permanent road would extend utility services to the area, which are necessary for future development. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.

Council discusses potential development plans for west Shakopee

The City Council received an update on development plans for approximately 30 acres of city-owned land near U.S. Highway 169 and County Highway 69. Director of Planning and Development Michael Kerski said the city plans to develop a mix of commercial, multifamily and a long-planned city park to serve residents of west Shakopee. Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346. 

City accepts donations for Lions Park playground

The City Council gratefully accepted two donations to the Fun For All Playground:

  • $1,000 from Joe Theis in honor of his grandparents, Gene and Esther Brown, and his uncle, Tim Ratigan
  • A bench from the Shakopee Valley Lions

The city thanks the donators for their generosity.

These summaries are a sampling of the meeting. See the entire agenda packet with supporting documents at The meeting is also available for viewing on demand at Read past MACRs.