A new development called the Shores of Lake Waconia received preliminary plat approval and special zoning authorization Monday, Aug. 19, from the Waconia City Council.

The development is proposed on the southeast side of Lake Waconia adjacent to the regional park on just over 50 acres of land known as the Anderson property. That property was annexed into the city earlier this summer. The property is bisected by County Road 92/Laketown Parkway, with the section west of the highway located next to the lake and the east portion just north of Highway 5 and south of Island View Golf Club.

The developer of the property, Rachel Development, is proposing 87 single-family homes for the property with three different lot sizes – 55, 60 and 65 feet in width, including 16 lakeside villa lots. Anticipated price ranges are $600,000-$700,000 off the lake to $1.2 million to $1.6 million on the lake

In submitting the preliminary plat, the applicant also requested the property be zoned PUD, Planned Unit Development district, to allow for the reduced lot sizes, reduced setbacks and increased impervious surface on individual parcels, while retaining additional greenspace throughout the development. That includes existing wetlands and a considerable amount of woodland.

In addition to retaining open space, the developer noted that lakeside lots are designed to protect the lake. They include a buffer zone with trees and vegetation and rock filtration feature for erosion control and stormwater management.

The plat also includes plans for roads, sidewalks and trails, plus five outlots for different uses including a private park, stormwater pond, open space and lot with controlled access for storage of dock sections in the off season.

Each lake lot would share a dock under the development plan, one dock structure for every two lots – eight in total along the shoreline.

The council granted plat approval and the zoning request with several conditions recommended by the planning commission. Among them: some plan revisions, securing necessary permits, park dedication fees, review and approval of shore restoration plans by Carver County and the Department of Natural Resources, filing of a final plat for approval and execution of a developer’s agreement before any work begins on the site.

Council members also added a condition limiting the number of boat lifts over concerns about visual impacts and the number additional watercraft potentially entering the lake. The condition language indicates boat Iifts and canopies be allowed on the inside of each dock limited to one per lot, and personal watercraft with no canopy be allowed on the shoreward side of each dock limited to two per lot.

Brook Peterson Park

In other business, the city council authorized going out for bids for site improvements to Brook Peterson Park, including a new expanded restroom, park shelter, and trail segments and ramps accessible to persons with disabilities. The restroom structure will be similar to the one completed last year at City Square Park.

The city had previously established funds for the project and was notified in July that it has been awarded a Department of Natural Resources grant to assist with some of the project costs for the work. Total cost of the projects is estimated at about $600,000.

The Park Board reviewed and recommended approval at its Aug. 15 meeting. With council approval, the next step will be to obtain bids for the project for late fall construction and completion in early spring of 2020.

2020 infrastructure project

At its last meeting, the city council also got an introduction to a package of infrastructure projects proposed for 2020 and authorized survey and geotechnical work for those improvements.

One focus of the next round of projects is to continue to upgrade aging sections of the downtown and complete links to previous infrastructure improvement areas, according to Public Services Director Craig Eldred. So, proposed work for next year includes street, utility and sidewalk improvements to Main Street from Walnut to Maple. Also remaining portions of Walnut Street.

Other potential area targeted for improvements include and segments of roads near the middle school and high school, including Wildcat Way, 94th Street and Oak Avenue from Highway 5 to Waconia Parkway North.

Additional projects include a watermain replacement along a section of Waconia Parkway North, a drainage improvement at the underpass near Interlaken and County Road 10, and stormwater improvements in Sugarbush Park.

The projects will be more thoroughly evaluated during 2020 budget reviews and bid processes.

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