A breakdown of the land use plan for the TCAAP site that was approved at Arden Hills’ June 30 city council meeting.
Council members disagree about park space
A land use master plan map is now in place for the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site in Arden Hills, the culmination of a year-long planning process in the development of the 427-acre piece of land situated to the northeast of the intersection of Interstate 35W and Highway 96.
Local elementary schools Turtle Lake in Shoreview and Valentine Hills in Arden Hills held a 5K and Fun Run at their respective locations May 31. The runs were organized by each school's Parent Teacher Association as a fundraiser. Hundreds of participants turned out to run their hearts out on the sunny Saturday morning. (Shoreview photos by Linda E. Anderson / Bulletin and Arden Hills photos byPamela O'Meara / Bulletin)
Four Boy Scouts from Troop 9419 of Arden Hills recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Russell Silvis, Zachariah Litzinger, Daniel Kroll and Colin Catlin celebrated their achievements together at a court of honor on March 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arden Hills.
A diagram depicts the traffic flow of a diverging diamond interchange at County Road 96 and Interstate 35W. (Graphic courtesy of Ramsey County)
As road construction at the interchange between County Road 96 and U.S. Highway 10 in Arden Hills continues to snarl traffic within the city, council members, during a work session following the April 28 regular meeting, said they’d nearly had it with the prospect of more choking construction.
Following a second public hearing on utility franchise fees on Monday, Feb. 24, the Arden Hills City Council made a unanimous decision to halt any further discussion of enacting the fees. Had it been implemented, the franchise fee agreement with Xcel Energy would have added $4.75 per month to city residents’ gas and electric bills -- a $3 flat rate for electricity and $1.75 for natural gas.
“I think we have heard loud and clear from the residents and we have had some good speakers for [franchise fees], but the vast majority have been against. The community does not want franchise fees,” council member Fran Holmes said.
Should Arden Hills add an Xcel Energy “franchise fee” -- which would be tacked onto residents’ gas and electric bills -- to boost funding for street, park and trail improvements?
The Arden Hills City Council has been studying the pros and cons of that idea and has scheduled public hearings next month to further discuss the issue with residents.
The city of Arden Hills and Ramsey County are hosting a TCAAP open house at the Ramsey County Public Works Facility in Arden Hills on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The open house will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about proposed development at the site, as well as a chance to share opinions on future use at TCAAP.
Most Bulletin-area cities have approved budgets and set property tax levies for next year.
The Vadnais Heights City Council adopted its 2014 budget and tax levy on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and the cities of Mounds View, New Brighton, Arden Hills and St. Anthony Village each approved their final budgets and levies last week. The city of Shoreview was expected to approve its budget and tax levy on Dec. 16, which is after the Bulletin’s press time.