New single-family development to come to Inver Grove Heights


A new single-family home development will straddle the border between Inver Grove Heights and Eagan. The Inver Grove Heights side of the development is on the right side of the map near Highway 149.

The Inver Grove Heights City Council approved resolutions at its Dec. 12 meeting that will allow a new housing development to move forward.

Pulte Homes plans to build houses on adjoining properties in Eagan and Inver Grove Heights. 

Tom Link, community development director, said the development will be near Dodd Road, Highway 149 and Tyne Lane. 

The property is roughly six acres in size, with three acres located in Inver Grove Heights.

“The proposal is for a single-family residential development,” Link said. The development will have 21 single-family homes, with 10 in Inver Grove Heights. 

The project already had the approval of the Eagan City Council.

Link said the request before the Inver Grove Heights council required some variances including minimum lot size and width, and right-of-way width. This was to assure the lot size and design of both the Eagan and Inver Grove Heights portions are the same. 

“The variances are also justified because of the irregular shape of the property and the fact that is property is kind of isolated because you’ve got roads on three of the sides,” Link said. 

The location of this property lies within the area of the Joint Powers Agreement with Eagan, which will provide the utilities.    

Link said planning staff recommended approval of the resolutions pertaining to the Pulte proposal. 

Council member Paul Hark asked if the joint powers agreement included road maintenance such as plowing. 

City administrator Joe Lynch said this would be handled on an informal agreement between the cities. He said Eagan would likely handle the street plowing. 

“Between our neighboring cities, we work those things out informally,” Lynch said. 

City Attorney Jim Kuntz said there was an agreement relating to street maintenance and facilities within both cities.

Paul Hoyer of Pulte Homes was at the meeting and said the company has been working with both cities for a while.

Hoyer said that Pulte Homes has been looking for property in Inver Grove Heights for quite some time. 

“We love your city. Great schools; great proximity to job centers and amenities, and we finally found half of a site in your city,” Hoyer said. 

Hoyer said the goal is to start building homes on the site in 2017. 

There were three items before the council regarding this development. They was an ordinance amendment approving a rezoning of the property from limited industry to single-family residential; a resolution approving a final plat, and a resolution approving variances from minimum lot size, lot width right-of way width within the plat of Tipperary.

All items passed unanimously.

 

Hannah Burlingame can be reached at 651-748-7824 or hburlingame@lillienews.com.

 

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