Council vote on Parkview development on hold

Changes to access points prompt a new traffic study

The Eagan City Council's vote on a proposal to develop Parkview Golf Course into housing was put on hold until April.
The Eagan City Council’s vote on a proposal to develop Parkview Golf Course into housing was put on hold until April.

Changes to a proposed housing development at Parkview Golf Course in Eagan has caused a vote on the project to be put on hold.

Access points in the planned development at 1310 Cliff Road will need to be moved east to comply with Dakota County regulations. Because of these changes, a new traffic study will be done.

The Dakota County plat commission last week approved the revised access plans for the single-family housing development called Dakota Path.

The plat commission, which consists of county staff, suggested the change in the traffic plans. The development’s access from Cliff Road will need to be moved 400 feet east of the existing access to Parkview to meet county guidelines.

“The spacing guidelines are meant to provide safe and efficient access, while still providing adequate mobility of traffic through that corridor,” Eagan city engineer John Gorder said.

The Eagan City Council was expected to vote Jan. 5 on developer Hunter Emerson’s proposal to rezone the 80-acre property and build 177 homes south of Cliff Road between Pilot Knob Road and Lexington Avenue. But the council’s vote is on hold until spring because the changes were not included in the environmental assessment of the project, Gorder said.

Cliff Road intersections with Fairway Hills Drive and Parkridge Drive will remain the same.

A median will need to be added along Cliff Road at Danbury Lane and Parkcliff Drive. Motorists will be limited to right-in and right-out turns.

“Residents of these developments will have full access to Cliff Road elsewhere,” Gorder said.

Residents of the Fairway Hills neighborhood, which is west of Dakota Path, will likely see increased traffic, Gorder said.

The Eden Prairie developer proposes extending Interlachen Drive — which currently ends at the golf course — into Dakota Path.

Nearby roads will be able to handle the increased traffic, Gorder said.

Hunter Emerson’s plans have drawn criticism from the property’s neighbors who have expressed concerns about traffic and open space.

Last week the Eagan Planning Commission rejected the project because of concerns the development would encroach upon Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

A new traffic study is expected to be published Feb. 18, with a public comment period running until March 20.

The City Council is expected to vote on the project in April.