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  7.6.       
Meeting Date: 09/14/2021  
By: Chris Anderson, Community Development

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Title:
Introduce Ordinance #21-19 Rezoning Portions of the Property Located West and South of 15050 Armstrong Blvd from R-3 Residential (High Density) to R-2 Residential (Medium Density) related to Lynwood Subdivision (Project No. 21-122); Case of Lennar
Purpose/Background:
As the City Council is aware, Lennar (the "Applicant") has submitted an application for a proposed subdivision of the property situated west and south of 15050 Armstrong Boulevard (Fire Station #1) and legally identified as PID #20-32-25-44-0003 (the "Subject Property").  The proposed project includes a combination of single family homes and attached townhomes.  The City Council previously approved a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) to re-guide the Subject Property from High Density Residential (HDR) to Medium Density Residential (MDR), contingent upon approval by the Metropolitan Council.  The purpose of this case is to introduce an ordinance to rezone a portion of the Subject Property from R-3 Residential (High Density) to R-2 Residential (Medium Density).
Notification:
The City attempted to notify Property Owners, as reflected in the Anoka County Property Records, within 700 feet of the Subject Property, of the Public Hearing held by the Planning Commission on August 26, 2021.  The Public Hearing notice was also posted in the City's Official Newspaper, the Anoka County UnionHerald.
Time Frame/Observations/Alternatives:
Summary of Request 

Approximately six (6) acres in the northwest corner of the Subject Property are zoned R-1 (MUSA) - 80, with the remainder (approximately 28 acres) zoned R-3 Residential (High Density).  The Applicant has requested a Zoning Amendment to rezone the 28 acres from R-3 Residential (High Density) to R-2 Residential (Medium Density).  This would reduce the density range from 8-15 units per acre (R-3 Residential) to 4-7 units per acre (R-2 Residential), which is consistent with their overall proposed density of approximately 5 units per acre.

The Applicant had originally proposed 65-foot wide single family lots in the northwest corner of the Subject Property.  However, after receiving feedback from the City Council (during the consideration of Applicant's requested Comprehensive Plan Amendment), the Applicant has amended the plans to be in unison with the current zoning designation (proposing 80 foot wide lots).  Both the Planning Commission and City Council felt this provided a better transition to the existing residential neighborhood to the north and west of the Subject Property.  The proposed Zoning Amendment retains the R-1 Residential (MUSA) - 80 designation adjacent to the existing rural neighborhood, but does reconfigure the boundary slightly to better match the proposed lot configuration.

Alternatives

Alternative #1: Adopt Ordinance #21-19 to rezone portions of the Subject Property from R-3 Residential (High Density) to R-2 Residential (Medium Density).  This is consistent with the Planning Commission's recommendation as well as the City Council's previous action to approve a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to re-guide the Subject Property as Medium Density Residential.  Staff supports this alternative.

Alternative #2: Do not adopt Ordinance #21-19.  This would be inconsistent with the City Council's previous action (on August 24), which approved re-guiding the Subject Property from High Density Residential to Medium Density Residential.  This action would require any proposed development of the Subject Property to have a density between 8-15 units per acre.  Staff does not support this alternative.

 
Funding Source:
All costs associated with this request are the Applicant's responsibility.
Recommendation:
The Planning Commission recommends approval of the Zoning Amendment to rezone approximately 28 acres from R-3 Residential (High Density) to R-2 Residential (Medium Density).
Outcome/Action:
Motion to introduce Ordinance #21-19 rezoning the portion of the Subject Property currently zoned R-3 Residential (High Density) to R-2 Residential (Medium Density).

Attachments
Site Location Map
Zoning Amendment Exhibit
Draft Planning Commission Meeting Minutes Dated August 26, 2021
Ordinance #21-19: Zoning Amendment

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Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
Chris Anderson (Originator) Chris Anderson 09/07/2021 08:47 AM
Chris Anderson (Originator) Chris Anderson 09/07/2021 04:36 PM
Bruce Westby Bruce Westby 09/09/2021 01:54 PM
Kurt Ulrich Kurt Ulrich 09/09/2021 02:21 PM
Form Started By: Chris Anderson Started On: 09/02/2021 02:00 PM
Final Approval Date: 09/09/2021

    

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