Coon Rapids approves plat for new home development

New single-family housing developments are few and far between in Coon Rapids these days.

But the Coon Rapids City Council Feb. 5, on the recommendation of the Coon Rapids Planning Commission, has given preliminary approval to a 10-lot project at 128th Avenue and Coon Creek Boulevard.

The action required both a zoning change requested by Doug and JoAnn Lawrence for 1.49 acres from moderate to low density residential and preliminary plat approval.

“I am excited about this project,” said Councilmember Denise Klint.

“Coon Rapids is all built up, but there are still pockets of land for development of new lots.”

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.

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, has been zoned for moderate density residential use, according to Planner Scott Harlicker.

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

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.

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.

Successful implementation of the mitigation plan is a condition of plat approval.

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

The Lawrences will be required to pay a $20,000 park dedication fee prior to releasing the plat for recording, Harlicker told the council.