The City has approved, with contingencies, the application from Twin Cities Land Development, LLC dba Sotarra, formerly the Excelsior Group, ("the Applicant") for a 270-lot residential subdivision comprised of 80-foot wide lots, at .25 acres each. The site is approximately 200 acres and generally located south of 175th Avenue NW, east of Variolite Street NW and west of Nowthen Blvd NW.
Roads: 173rd will need to be upgraded to a full public road as part of this project. The Applicant is working with the Applicant to the north coordinating on this item. It is likely that there will be a cost-share agreement outlined as part of road project, which will be discussed with the Applicants and City Council at a future date. This road must be upgraded as part of this project, in order to properly serve the new residents.
Utilities: The City can require utility connections when land subdivides at urban scales (e.g. quarter acre lots). The City cannot force a private property owner to connect to City utilities, even if they are put in the road in front of their home. This right is protected in the City Charter.
Parks: The Application includes dedication of park land and historic barn buildings in the northeast corner of the site. The City is excited at the opportunity to bring a larger public park to this area through the dedication of land and buildings, as well as the ability to protect the historic buildings and pay homage to the history of the property.