Future neighbors had raised concerns
The Rosemount City Council approved plans for Prestwick Place, the Dakota County Community Development Agency’s 40-unit townhouse development, during Monday’s meeting.
Last month, a Planning Commission meeting was packed with audience members, and nine neighbors spoke in opposition to the development. They were worried the development would increase traffic, decrease property values and increase police activity.
The development wasn’t controversial for the City Council, which approved the measure unanimously.
Although no community members were in attendance to verbally oppose the development during Monday’s meeting, the council attempted to answer some concerns they’ve heard.
The City Council received several letters from residents in the neighboring Greystone development who oppose the project.
Some said they were unaware the CDA had plans for the land and said they would never have moved nearby if they did.
“I think there’s still a little misconception to the purpose of the building,” Council Member Mark DeBettignies said. “These are hardworking families and individuals that utilize this resource in our community.”
Community Development Director Kim Lindquist said several roads will be constructed, connected and extended in the near future to alleviate some traffic concerns.
“Part of the traffic concern is mitigated solely by the phasing of the development,” Lindquist said.
Chief of Police Mitchell Scott said Dakota County would be responsible for any stoplight addition to County Road 42 and Akron Avenue, which was a concern of several residents.
“It would have to meet certain thresholds, and I don’t think it’s going to meet those thresholds,” Scott said. “There’s not a lot of accidents there, and they’re mostly due to human error.”
He said the Minnesota Department of Transportation sets the speed limits, but the Rosemount Police Department will continue to monitor the intersection.
“If we believe we’re having a large amount of accidents, we’re going to get the city and county involved,” Scott said. “Public safety is our main concern.”
City Administrator Logan Martin added if UMore Park opens up to development that might get the intersection to that threshold.
Prestwick Place would be similar to Carbury Hills townhomes at the northwest corner of South Robert Trail and Connemara Trail in Rosemount.
Scott said the development doesn’t cause him any concern.
“It’s a lot about perceptions,” Scott said. “If you compare to Greystone to Carbury, we’re talking only a couple calls difference. There are so many variables. Some of those calls are medical. Some are related to just one residence. … I’m not concerned about this neighborhood versus any other neighborhood in our community.”
The council’s consideration for approval was if the plan met zoning and comprehensive plan requirements. It legally could not deny the proposal because of the type of housing proposed.
The city had previously approved plans and zoning for the development in 2007.
“It’s very consistent to what was approved in 2007,” Lindquist said. “It’s very similar to the Carbury townhomes.”
City staff pointed to a study conducted by Maxfield Research in 2014, which included another similar CDA property, the Carbury Hills townhouse development. The study found values on properties surrounding the tax credit rental housing were unaffected.
Prestwick Place Townhouses would be built on about six acres west of Akron Avenue and south of 141st Street.
The complex would be owned an maintained by the CDA and rented to working families.
These are families who have access to cars. The CDA owns 25 of these types of developments throughout the county.
There’s an extensive application review process to live on the property and a property manager on site.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 and the development will open in 2019.