Staging/Growth Plan

City Council Amends Staging and Growth Plan

On January 20, 2015, the City Council approved an amendment to the City’s Staging and Growth Plan within the Comprehensive Plan.  The amendment delays the timeframes in which certain residential and mixed use property may be developed with City sewer and water.  The properties affected by the amendment are identified with cross-hatching in the following Map 5-3 – Staging and Growth.

The Staging and Growth Plan establishes five-year timeframes in which property may be developed with City sewer and water.  The amendment generally delays all property planned for residential and mixed use development by one five-year timeframe (for example, property which could be developed in 2011-2015 could now not be developed until 2016-2020).  The amendment also amends the portion of the Staging and Growth Plan which permits flexibility for property to “jump ahead” a maximum of five years, reducing the flexibility to two years for residential and mixed use property.  Following is information related to the amendment:

The amendment was completed following a study which included substantial public input related to the recent pace of development and concerns related to the ability of regional infrastructure to support the development.  Information on this public input can be found below.  The City has experienced a great deal of single-family development activity over the past four years (over 550 lots created and 300 constructed).  However, population/household forecasts which the City is required to follow have been reduced by the Metropolitan Council.

The amendment cannot be placed into effect until approved by the Metropolitan Council and formally adopted by the City Council, which likely will not occur until May.

The City will begin a complete review of the Comprehensive Plan near the end of 2015 or early 2016.  If you are interested in long-term planning and development in the City, you are encouraged to be part of the process.  Look for future information in the City newsletter, or contact the Planning Department at 763-473-4643 ext. 1 for more information.

 

Additional Information related to the amendment:

At the July 1, 2014 meeting the City Council directed staff to study the Staging/Growth Plan and the pace of development within the City.

The City held two open houses to solicit feedback from residents, property owners, and businesses on August 21st and August 26th. Residents submitted comments to the Planning Commission for their review of this matter at their September 9th meeting. Below are links to additional information.

Medina has experienced a great deal of single-family development activity over the past four years (over 500 lots created and 300 constructed). However, population/household forecasts which the City is required to follow have been reduced by the Metropolitan Council.

The purpose of the study is to determine if changes should be made to the City’s Staging/Growth plan. This plan regulates when a property may be developed. The reduced forecasts from the Metropolitan Council provide the opportunity to review the current and expected pace of development.

If you have any questions please contact City Planner Dusty Finke at Dusty.Finke@ci.medina.mn.us or 763-473-8846.