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New neighborhood is part of 2009 plan

There will be 627 more acres of land in St. Paul Park's 2009 Comprehensive Plan than there were in 1999.

Mayor John Hunziker wants to give the additional acreage -- annexed land on the south end of the city that used to be part of Grey Cloud Island -- its own name.

"At the moment, we're thinking of Swift Farm," Hunziker said, "a reminder of one of the first settlers in the area and the Swift Packing Co., that operated feed lots on the land."

Planners said they want to merge old and new residential and park areas in ways that will maintain the "small town feel" of St. Paul Park.

City officials have held multiple meetings to discuss detailed plans for the area's parks, open space, trails, utilities, transportation and more.

The new land isn't the only thing that will change the city's Comprehensive Plan.

The plans for the city's water pumps and wells -- part of the public works chapter -- will change too.

Public Works Supervisor Lee Flandrich said the Comp Plan will be revised to include upgrades that have already taken place and several that will occur this spring.

He said Well No. 1, just north of Broadway Avenue at Veterans Park, has been taken out of commission and will be used only for emergencies. In 1999, all the electrical systems inside Nos. 2 and 3 pump houses were upgraded and we installed larger pumps and motors, Flandrich said. This spring the similar upgrades will take place at No. 4.

Water storage capacity was increased two years ago during the Interstate 61 interchange construction and the 100,000-gallon ground reservoir on the east side of the highway was removed from the system. It is scheduled to be dismantled in 2010. Two lift stations were added to the system on the west side to serve new development.

Planner Kristina Smitten expects the revision process to be completed by the end of January or early February. In February, she will send a working draft to adjacent municipalities and School District 833 for review. They will have six months to study the impact of St. Paul Park's Plan on their own Comprehensive Plans.

Hunziker said sometime in mid-summer an open house and public hearing will be held for city residents to see and hear about changes to the Comp Plan and submit comments and suggestions.

Once the Plan is returned from surrounding municipalities, Smitten said she expects the St. Paul Park Planning Commission to approve and forward it to city council. The council will give the Plan preliminary approval and submit it to the Metropolitan Council. The Met Council will evaluate the plan in three areas:

Conformance with all metropolitan system policy plans for transportation, water resources and parks;

n Consistency with requirements of the Metropolitan Land Planning Act and Metropolitan Council policies; and

Compatibility with the plans of other local jurisdictions and the school district.

The Met Council has 120 days to review the updated Plan and comment on it. Once the Met Council has taken action on the Plan, St. Paul Park City Council is required to formally adopt it within nine months.

As the revision process continues, Smitten said she expects working drafts of each chapter to be available to residents at the city's Web site The current 1999 Comprehensive Plan is on the Web site: go to Community Developments and click on Planning and Zoning.

Schedule Through February: Workshops held to discuss each chapter

February through September: Review by adjacent municipalities and school district

October: City action and submittal to Met Council