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After Council Report: June 5
The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, June 5. Among the meeting highlights:
Developer proposes apartment, restaurant along Minnesota River
Acting as the Economic Development Authority (EDA), the City Council reviewed the River Bluff Development proposal. Gaughan Cos. is proposing to construct 125 units of market-rate apartments along the Minnesota River at Levee Drive. The building would also include a restaurant overlooking the river and underground parking. The developer plans to request Tax Increment Financing to assist with bedrock removal, removal of a recently found garbage dump along the river and public improvements of Levee Drive. The review was an opportunity for council members to ask questions about the proposal; the council did not take action. The council and EDA will be asked to set a maximum value of the TIF in July. More information about the project is available at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/currentdevelopment. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council reviews purchase offer for land near Vierling Drive
Acting as the EDA, the City Council reviewed a proposed purchase offer in the amount of $1.65 million from Opus Development to purchase 16.73 acres of EDA-owned land on the southeast corner of County Highway 69 and Vierling Drive. The net acreage is approximately 14 acres when storm water ponds are removed. Opus plans to develop two business park/light industrial buildings to host multiple tenants. The council directed staff to continue working with Opus and ensuring the project addresses some aesthetic and traffic concerns. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Developer requests TIF financing for soil remediation in Southbridge
Acting as the EDA, the City Council received information regarding an application from Shakopee Crossings Limited Partnership for a soil remediation Tax Increment Financing district on approximately nine acres near Home Depot and the Marcus Movie Theater complex. The estimated removal and stabilization costs were estimated as high as $3 million, depending on the depths of contamination. The 20-year, pay-as-you-go TIF would require the developer to spend $2 per square foot on remediation and removal. The city’s financial consultants are preparing more specific financials for a future meeting. No action was taken. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council adopts a café ordinance for downtown Shakopee
The City Council adopted an ordinance to amend Title XV of City Code to allow for outdoor cafes in the public rights-of-way and plazas within the Central Business Zone. The request would facilitate additional outdoor dining and drinking in downtown Shakopee, which ensuring that proper access is maintained and limiting the city’s liability. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council adopts planned unit development zoning
The City Council adopted an ordinance amending Title XV of City Code 151.048, replacing the planned unit development section of land development code. The city has been using a planning unit development (PUD) overlay district where the underlying zoning still prevails. However, most cities in Minnesota have adopted the national standard of PUD zoning. It provides better long-term protection and greater flexibility in layout, uses and design. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council approves text amendment to increase more housing flexibility
The City Council approved a zoning text amendment to adjust the name and purpose language of the R1C, Old Shakopee Residential Zoning District, to Traditional Neighborhood Zone. The purpose of the change is to allow flexibility in design, reduced setbacks and reduced lot widths, as well as allow more flexibility in housing types in newer subdivision. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
City of Shakopee in good financial shape
The city’s auditors from Abdo Eick & Meyers shared the 2017 annual Financial Report. The report, running Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, noted the city is in a strong fiscal position. It is available on the city website at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/budget. The report noted no material deficiencies – a rarity for many communities. More information: Darin Nelson, Finance Director, 952-233-9326.These summaries are a sampling of the meeting. See the entire agenda packet with supporting documents at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/agendasandminutes. The meeting is also available for viewing on demand at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/livestream. Read past After Council Reports.