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Oak Cove housing plat approved in Cottage Grove

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A newly approved housing development in Cottage Grove’s West Draw Park neighborhood will be the final subdivision built atop the city’s Gateway North open space bluff.

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The proposed subdivision is just south of the Timber Ridge 5th Addition and Burr Oak Cove.

Originally approved for development in 2006, Cottage Grove Senior Planner John Burbank said the combination of a rough housing market and the impending economic crisis halted construction. Yearly development extensions were issued but the final one expired in July 2013.

However, earlier this year Meridian Land Company applied for a preliminary plat approval, which the Cottage Grove City Council signed off on earlier this month.

The 12 homes will be built on roughly 1.39 acre lots, Burbank explained, with two outlots — one is expected to cover stormwater management for the site and the other is expected to connect to nearby trails.

Dubbed Outlot B, the plot of land will be dedicated for park and open space purposes, and will create a trail corridor linking the eastern portion of the Gateway North open space area with the nearby green space called Camel’s Hump.

Burbank said the parks portion of the project will be jointly constructed between the developer and the city of Cottage Grove.

Because the proposed subdivision is located on the blufftop and trees will need to be removed to construct the homes, a tree mitigation plan is part of the developer’s application. Burbank said he continues to work with Meridian to create an updated plan. However, he said each 1.39-acre plot of land is expected to have four yard trees and 10 shrubs.

The subdivision is expected to generate an additional 120 vehicle trips per day, an amount Burbank said will not negatively impact the existing streets.

Meridian Land Company is proposing to privately build the homes with the same architectural standards as those being constructed in the East Ravine housing developments.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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