More residential development will center around Lake Elmo’s Old Village

Lake Elmo LogoResidential development plans continue to boom in Lake Elmo, and the city council approved two preliminary plats during its July 15 meeting.

The Village Preserve and Easton Village developments are expected to bring a total of 314 single-family homes to the current farmland surrounding the Old Village.

Easton Village, with its 217 homes, is slated to occupy 98.47 acres west of Manning Avenue and immediately south of the Union Pacific railroad corridor in the Village Planning Area. The area, currently zoned as Rural Transitional, will eventually change to Urban Low Density Residential as part of the 2013 Village Land Use Plan.

The most significant features of the Easton Village Preliminary are the construction of the first segment of the new Village Parkway, and its inclusion in the Village Trunk Sewer line. The Village Parkway, shown in designs as a tree-lined collector roadway, will serve as a connection from Highway 5 in the north of the Village Area to 30th Street in the south end of the Village, as defined in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The Village Trunk Sewer line is a cooperative project with the city of Lake Elmo and the area developers that will bring sewer access from the Lake Elmo Avenue sewer line north through the Old Village to 39th Street and the developments north of Stillwater Boulevard. The section of the Village Trunk sewer line in the Easton Village development will be paid for by the developer.

For the northern section of the Old Village, the city council approved the preliminary plat for the Village Preserve development. The 97-unit single-family home development is planned on the 39.8 acre parcel known as Schiltgen Farms, immediately east of Lake Elmo Avenue North and north of 39th Street North. Village Preserve will directly benefit from the Village Trunk sewer line project, and will join with the city’s sewer system. The development, also currently zoned as rural residential, will change to an Urban Medium Density Residential zone.

The city council was particularly interested in the need to manage storm water effectively, and bring excess water away from the downtown area. Extensive storm water pond systems are seen in all the downtown developments.

“We have an opportunity to take the development we are doing and really impact the downtown,” Councilmember Mike Reeves said.

“I think that is the most impact we are going to have,” Councilmember Justin Bloyer said. “More than an ice cream shop, we can change the downtown significantly by preventing basements from flooding.”

Also during the July 15 meeting, the council approved the sketch plan for the Village Preserve South development. The Village Preserve South project is located directly south of the Easton Village development and north of the existing Heritage Farm development, and features 104 single family homes on 64 acres. Still in the early planning stages, the development will also contribute to the Village Parkway and Village Trunk sewer lines.

With the addition of the 145-unit Wildflower at Lake Elmo development, the council has heard plans for a total of 563 housing units to be added to the Old Village area with room for more to come. The council has not heard plans in a council meeting for the area north the Easton Village development, or any high-density housing within the Old Village Plan.

Contact Alicia Lebens at alicia.lebens@ecm-inc.com

 


 

Editor’s note: The print version of this story originally read that the Easton Village development would include 117 homes. The correct number is 217. The total number of homes approved in the two preliminary plats during the July 15 meeting is 314, and the total number of homes in the development process with the city of Lake Elmo is 563 units. The story has been changed to reflect the correction. The Gazette regrets the error.

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