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Cedar's Bluff Homestead still in limbo

The Cedar's Bluff Homestead saga continued at the Afton City Council's Feb. 18 workshop meeting when the development agreement was discussed.

"The point of today is a meeting of the minds," city attorney Mitch Converse said.

Cedar's Bluff Homestead, a proposed project by Len Platt Homes, seeks to be Afton's first housing development. It would be a 36-unit facility that encourages sustainability through a natural drainage system and preservation of green area.

During the workshop, council members discussed the possibility of extending the agreement, or changing it, because of numerous delays, including litigation. They expressed their concerns to the developer Len Platt.

"There has been some opposition to this in the community," council member Joe Richter said.

Among the areas of concern raised by the council regarding the Cedar's Bluff agreement were 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.

"I don't think there is a person in Afton who is opposed to open space," said council member Peg Nolz, who does not support the project. "We need to preserve our rural ambience.

The Cedar's Bluff development agreement will be revisited at a March 5 workshop at 2 p.m., when Platt will return to work with the council to come to a compromise.

"In earnest, I will look at what I can do," Pratt said. "I will take everything here and work with it and leave the future in your hands."

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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