Lakeville seeking input for what is next

City seeks input from residential developer

Lakeville is seeking insight from residential developers to help plan for housing trends in the next decade.

With a swath of vacant land along Cedar Avenue set for the next development phase in Lakeville, City Planning Director Daryl Morey said they are interested in providing a range of housing options to meet the needs of every generation.

Information gleaned from developers will assist the city in updating its Comprehensive Plan, the city’s guide to the future development of the city, which includes transportation, land use and zoning, policy and regulations.

While Lakeville issued the highest number of residential permits in the metro this year, according to the Builders Association of Twin Cities, city officials are pondering its housing options to continue growing. City officials reported this week 269 single-family home permits have been issued in Lakeville through July with a total valuation of $84,788,000 including 42 single-family home permits.

Last year, there were 217 single-family home permits during the same time period in 2016 with a total valuation of $67,396,000.

The city also reported it issued permits for 51 townhome units through July with a total valuation of $11,010,000, up from 41 townhome permits issued last year at this time with a total valuation of $9,169,000.

Lakeville has a strong base of single-family developments, but Morey said more Millenials are attracted to maintenance-free housing options and empty-nesters are also looking for single-level homes that require a minimum of owner-provided upkeep.

Morey said for city officials to plan for what is next, they are seeking examples of housing styles developers know of or have been developed elsewhere they feel could work well in Lakeville.

He said they are interested in floor plans, elevations and site plans built in other areas of the state or country that would work well in Lakeville and particularly along the Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit corridor.

“That really is the next area for sewer service and development,” Morey said.  City officials invited about a dozen developers to a builders forum Aug. 2, but only a few were able to attend. Morey said they would use developers’ input to update the Comprehensive Plan and adjust the zoning map to allow the land use.

“There are no land use designations along the Cedar Avenue corridor,” Morey said. “It’s a big gray area because it was undetermined in 2008 when we went through that process. Now in 2018, we’re going to assign land use designations in categories there, so getting feedback now from residential builders and developers will help us with the land use categories, especially in that corridor.”

He said once the Comprehensive Plan is approved at the end of 2018, the information will parlay into the next year when the city updates its standards, ordinances and planning map to reflect the Comprehensive Plan.

“It’s basically a two-step process, but we want to get the input now as we’re formulating our 2018 plan,” Morey said. Builders are invited to contact him at 952-985-4422 or [email protected]