Single-family housing development proposed in Coon Rapids

A single-family housing development has been proposed at 128th Avenue and Coon Creek Boulevard, Coon Rapids.

The Coon Rapids Planning Commission has recommended approval of a zoning change requested by Doug and JoAnn Lawrence for 1.49 acres from moderate to low density residential and a preliminary plat for 10 single-family lots.

The rezoning ordinance will be on the Coon Rapids City Council agenda for introduction Jan. 21, then the council will consider adoption of the ordinance and approval of the preliminary plat at its Feb. 5 meeting.

The Lawrences own 17.2 acres of vacant property west of Coon Creek Boulevard on the south side of 128th Avenue adjacent to Coon Rapids Evangelical Free Church,  but while most of the land is zoned single-family residential to match the comprehensive plan land use designation, a portion of the property, 1.49 acres, is zone for moderate density residential use, according to Planner Scott Harlicker.

Before 1990, all the property was zoned low density residential, but between May 1990 and February 1992, some of the property was rezoned to moderate density residential, including the 1.49 acres and most of the church land to the east, Harlicker wrote in a report to the commission.

“The rezoning will allow the property to be included in the proposed single-family lot subdivision,” he wrote.

Harlicker recommended approval of both the rezoning – it is compatible with adjacent land uses and zoning, he wrote – and the preliminary plat.

In fact, the plat includes not only the 17.2 acres the Lawrences own on the south side of 128th, but also 2.9 acres on the north side of the road, according to Harlicker.

The plat proposes six lots on the south side of 128th and four lots on the north side, Harlicker wrote.

“Much of the property on both sides of 128th is wetland and floodplain,” he wrote.

“Wetland and floodplain mitigation will be required to make eight of the lots buildable.”

But all of the lots front on 128th to minimize the amount of mitigation needed, Harlicker wrote.

The Lawrences have been working with the Coon Creek Watershed District on wetland and floodplain mitigation, which has resulted in the elimination of two lots from the north side of 128th from the original proposal, and successful implementation of the mitigation plan would be a condition of plat approval, according to Harlicker.

As proposed, the lots on the south side of 128th would range in width from 85 to 90 feet and in size from 17,188 square feet to 21,752 square feet with most of the wetland and floodplain platted as a 14.6-acre outlot.

On the north side of 128th, the four lots would range in width from 85 to 103 feet and in size from 10,988 square feet to 12,717 square feet, with the majority of the wetland and floodplain platted as a 1.85-acre outlot.

All the lots comply with low density residential zoning requirements, according to Harlicker.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]