Orchard Cove (formerly known as the Wallace Property)

Orchard Cove.jpg POSTED OCTOBER 30, 2013 
(As published in the 2013 Fall Minnetrista Messenger)

D.R. Horton has submitted a Concept/Sketch Plan Review for the development of 12.5 acres at 950 County Road 110N, into 22 residential lots.  The Wallace Estate is located on the east side of County Road 110N, just south of West Branch Road.  The property is zoned R-2 Low-medium density single-family residential and is called out in the 2006 Comprehensive Plan amendment with the Metropolitan Council.  The 2006 amendment specifically designates a minimum density of 17 units or a density range of 2.0 to 3.0 units per acre.
 
In July of 2006, the Minnetrista City Council amended the 1998 Comprehensive Plan.  The Metropolitan Council had stated that the City of Minnetrista had not been generating the minimum number of household units anticipated by regional sewer system plans in the growth areas identified in the 1998 Comprehensive Plan.  The City of Minnetrista’s 2006 Amendment guaranteed Minnetrista is conforming to its regional wastewater system commitments.  Within the amendment, the City of Minnetrista created additional land use categories and amended the staging plan to guide all properties within the MUSA for future development.  The City of Minnetrista is using the amended 1998 Comprehensive Plan from 2006 as the starting point for future planning.  The Wallace Estate is within the MUSA and staged for future development.
 
The concept/sketch plan is an initial presentation of the applicant’s intention and serves as the basis for conceptual discussion between the City and the applicant.  The purpose of the review is to allow staff, the Park and Planning Commissions, and the City Council an opportunity to guide the applicant as to what is generally expected by the City, and to alert an applicant to potential problems with the proposal.  This feedback can then be used by an applicant to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with a formal preliminary application.  The sketch plan review does not require any formal approval, denial or public hearing from the City Council.



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The concept/sketch plan is an initial presentation of the applicant’s intention and serves as the basis for conceptual discussion between the city and the applicant.  The purpose of the review is to allow staff, the park and planning commissions, and the City Council an opportunity to guide the applicant as to what is generally expected by the City, and to alert an applicant to potential problems with the proposal.  This feedback can then be used by an applicant to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with a formal preliminary application.  The concept/sketch plan review does not require any formal approval or denial from the City Council.  There are no public hearings associated with a concept/sketch plan review.
 
D.R. Horton has submitted a Concept/Sketch Review for the development of 12.5 acres into 22 residential lots. The Wallace property is located on the east side of County Road 110N, just south of West Branch Road.  The property is zoned R-2 Low-medium density single-family residential and is called out in the 2006 Comprehensive Plan Agreement with the Metropolitan Council.