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Cedar's Bluff on council's mind

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The Cedar's Bluff Homestead development agreement is still the topic of the moment for the Afton City Council, who discussed the proposed development at an April 8 workshop.

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The Cedar's Bluff Homestead, Afton's first housing development, was approved in 2006.

Over the last two years, the development has hit a few road blocks. These include, litigation, which is why the developer Len Pratt made a request for a two-year extension on Jan. 20, but the council said they were wary of granting this extension until further discussion.

The council has since granted two 60-day extensions to the agreement so that the discussions can continue.

Previously, council members voiced their concerns over the proposed development in a variety of areas.

Some of these concerns included a communal septic system, the issue of density in Afton, the proposed three-fourths acre lots and the preservation of open space through a land trust.

Over the last couple months, Pratt said he has been working hard to come to some compromises with the council over the project.

Pratt addressed the council's concerns over lot size and density by reducing the number of proposed lots from 36 to 30 and increasing the average lot size from 1.08 acres to 1.61 acres.. The minimum lot size was increased from .76 acres to 1.14 acres.

Seventy acres on the site are designated as a conservation easement by the Minnesota Land Trust, which means that the area can not be build upon and it is a community area.

He informed the council that convincing the land trust to allow larger lots and less conservation easement could prove to be an impossible task, as would be convincing the bank to lower the number of proposed lots even further.

Pratt and the council will meet again on April 20 at a workshop to discuss the development further and decide on the next plan of action prior to the council meeting on April 21.

For more on this story, see the April 15 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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