Herald JournalHerald Journal, July 26, 2004

More development on the way in HL

By John Swanson

Several new development projects planned for Howard Lake dominated the council meeting, including Terning Trails to the east, Dutch Lake Preserve to the south, and the new Village Park planned for southwest of town.

Victor Pacheco from Suburban Land Company came before the council for final plat approval of Terning Trails.

The Terning development will be located between 60th Street and Highway 12, just east of Howard Lake.

The development will include 67 single family lots and 54 town home units. The proposed plat for the development consists of 55.28 acres.

Improvements will be made to 60th Street with no direct access to individual homes. Sewer and water will be added with lines large enough to handle the number of homes, he said.

The goal is for all infrastructure to be done this summer so fall homes could be built, Pacheco said.

The plat was approved contingent on the city and city engineer’s present and future conditions.

The preliminary plat for Dutch Lake Preserve was also passed by the council.

Dutch Lake Preserve will be located east of Wright County Road 6 and south and east of the cemetery on the south side.

It will consist of 22 acres and will include 11.43 annexed in from Victor Township.

This development will include 36 single family lots and eight town home units.

A discussion ensued about increasing the street width within the development to 36 feet instead of 32 feet wide.

“If you build a road wider, people will go faster,” commented City Administrator Kelly Bahn.

However, council members Tom Kutz and Terry Ostgulen were both concerned about safety and accessibility for emergency vehicles.

City Engineer Brad DeWolf will assemble a report concerning this.

Resident Jan Gilmer questioned developer Gary Baron about the retention ponds within the development

“Are the retention ponds going to be fenced to keep children out?” Gilmer asked. Baron replied that they were not, however, they will be planted with natural wetland vegetation and trees.

Another concern expressed by the council is if trails will be public inside the development because the project is going to be operated by Cities Management Company, which is an association.

Wright County Road 6 will only be the temporary access for Dutch Lake Preserve, with the main access to be located off 72nd Street, with potential future expansion of up to 100 more lots.

Turning its attention to a different project, the council accepted a feasibility study for Village Park that was done for another addition north of 70th Street and west of Jellison Avenue, at the site of the Johnson farm.

A lift station would be required to supply sewer service and over sized water lines to supply the approximately 500-acre Village Park addition.

The water lines would be 10 inch in diameter ran down 65th Street and would tie into future expansion with the industrial park. The township road would also be upgraded to tar.

The cost for the upgrades will be in excess of $1 million. An agreement would be made with the developer to fund this.

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