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Council greenlights latest development: Southridge

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Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

Woodbury City Council approved the development of a 78-acre parcel to allow for a new residential development that will likely lead to necessary Dale Road improvements.

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The application to build Southridge, submitted by Maplewood Development, Inc., was approved last week to make room for 221 single-family lots located south of Dale Road and east of the future alignment of Pioneer Drive.

The property was zoned urban reserve district, meaning public or semi-public and was re-zoned as urban residential to allow for the new development.

Community Development Director Dwight Picha said future improvements to Dale Road are being considered to provide access to the Southridge development.

Though Pioneer Drive will be the primary access road, it’s anticipated the development will begin to expand east and west of Pioneer along Dale Road, which is why upgrades to Dale Road will likely be implemented.

The city already has plans to improve the road as part of its 2014-18 Capital Improvement Plan, but the council said work might have to get done sooner than that.

“I’m just not certain that waiting until 2016 is the right way to go,” Council Member Paul Rebholz said.

Woodbury Planning Commissioner Jim Edberg said before recommending approval, the advisory commission also discussed road conditions that include some concerning blind spots.

According to the Capital Improvement Plan, if ultimate improvements of Dale Road cannot be achieved, temporary pavement improvements may be done since the road is expected to see a lot more traffic due to new housing.

Picha said the engineering department will monitor the need to improve Dale Road in the meantime and identify exact segments and timing of permanent and interim improvements.

Woodbury City Council opened up Phase 2 for development last November. The area is divided into sub-phases with Phase 2A first to be developed.

So far the council approved Bailey Lake, Ashton Ridge and Southridge with a total of 194 new permits granted this year through June.

The city is also expecting an application for the Fields of Woodbury development, which is proposed to have 324 units near Bielenberg Sports Center.

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