After Council Report: Aug. 7
Council approves plats, rezoning, enrollment in GreenStep Cities program and more
The Shakopee City Council met Tuesday, Aug. 7. Among the meeting highlights:
Council approves plats for Vierling Plaza Second Addition, Canterbury Park Ninth Addition
The City Council approved a preliminary and final plat of:
- Vierling Drive Second Addition. The plan splits the original plat, currently the home of Hosanna Church and Starters Sports Training into two lots. Marvin Development IV, LLC plans to construct a new Taco Bell on approximately 1 acre in the northwest corner of the 1690 Vierling Drive parking lot. More information: Liz Bushaw, Planner, 952-233-9347.
- Canterbury Park Ninth Addition. The plat includes two commercial lots on approximately 27.3 acres north of Eagle Creek Boulevard, south of Shenandoah Drive and west of Vierling Drive. The project also includes the dedication of a new public street, Schenian Street, that connects Eagle Creek Boulevard and Shenandoah Drive. More information: Mark Noble, Senior Planner, 952-233-9348.
Council rezones five properties for development
The City Council approved rezoning:
- Three parcels in the Riverfront Bluff Development from B-1 Highway Business to B-3 Central Business District. The properties are part of Gaughan Cos. proposed five-story, mixed-use building that will include 170 market-rate apartments and restaurant. The rezoning will allow these lots to match the size and scale of the adjacent proposed development so that the lot can be developed as one project. The B-1 zone has more restrictive design standards not conducive to downtown settings.
- Two parcels in the northeast quadrant of County Highway 69 and Highway 169 from B-1 Highway Business to BP Business Park. The rezoning would allow the 17.4 acres to be used for a broader use, including office, manufacturing, research and development and limited warehousing.
More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
City reviews proposed Summerland Development
The City Council reviewed a planned unit development concept for Summerland Place Development, a proposed residential development of 114 acres north of 17th Avenue and a quarter mile west of Mystic Lake Drive. The proposed development includes 684 residential units in a mix of apartments, townhouses and single-family homes. The council discussed potential concerns with the plan, including sewer access, setbacks, traffic access and more. The developer would need to submit a PUD application to proceed. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council paves way for city to enroll in GreenStep Cities program
The City Council adopted a resolution to participate in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. Managed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the GreenStep Cities program is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help communities in Minnesota achieve sustainability and quality of life goals. This free, non-binding program will give the city an opportunity to apply for competitive special funding and grants. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council approves a zoning text amendment to residential design standards
The City Council approved an amendment to City Code that changes the city’s residential design standards. The amendment clarifies some areas of confusion in the existing codes and modernizes the code to current development standards. Among the changes:
- Prohibits the temporary carports constructed a metal tubing, fabric, plastic and other materials. Structures such as these are considered temporary and will not be allowed to stand for longer than 180 days.
- Removes the requirement of a sidewalk on one side of each residential street.
- Adjusts required setbacks for structures based on zoning district and location within city limits.
- Sets a minimum requirement for window coverage on the different size of single-family houses.
- Limits the amount that a garage can protrude beyond the front line of a building or porch to no more than 50 percent of the width up to 14 feet.
- Applies accessory structure size in Agricultural and Rural Residential zones.
More information: Kyle Sobota, Senior Planner, 952-233-9349.
Downtown building receives façade improvement loan
Acting as the Economic Development Authority, the City Council approved a façade improvement loan for 205 Lewis St. S. in the amount of $28,650. The property owner plans to install new windows, awning and exterior signage. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
Council approves changes to Gaughan Cos. development contract
Acting as the Economic Development Authority, the City Council approved a modification of its contract for private development with Gaughan Cos. following the expansion of the TIF District No. 19 to include the full block. The new agreement includes the city’s recent property acquisition costs to reflect the changes along with a much larger project than was originally approved. More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346.
City to remove parking restrictions on Bluff Avenue
The City Council approved removing “Local Residential Parking Only” restrictions along Bluff Avenue between Market Street and Prairie Street. The restrictions were originally placed in 1982 due to a business in the area. The business has since ceased operations, and the city’s Traffic Safety Committee recently determined the restrictions are no longer needed. More information: Micah Heckman, Project Engineer, 952-233-9363.
Council approves updated security and technology use policy
The City Council approved an updated security and technology use policy to reflect new changes in IT security. The new policy empowers city staff to protect data, systems and physical assets throughout the city. Employees will be required to participate in security training and awareness. More information: Andy Hutson, IT Director, 952-233-9354.
Council accepts DNR Grant for Ridge Creek Park
The City Council gratefully accepted a $250,000 matching grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to be used for the development of Ridge Creek Park. The 40-acre site is located south of County Highway 21 in the Lennar Homes’ Ridge Creek Development. The proposed park will be a passive park that incorporates the existing wetlands and natural features while completing critical trail connections. The park is set for development in 2020. More information: Joy Sutton, Grants and Special Projects Coordinator, 952-233-9320.
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.