05-0481R


RESOLUTION GRANTING AN AMENDMENT TO A SECTION 50-38 SPECIAL USE PERMIT ISSUED FEBRUARY 14, 2005 TO MARK LAMBERT OF SUMMIT MANAGEMENT, LLC, FOR CAMPUS PARK II, A COMMON INTEREST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ON 31 ACRES, LOCATED NORTH OF DAVIS STREET, EAST OF CONNECTICUT AVENUE AND SOUTHWEST OF RICE LAKE ROAD.

BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:

     WHEREAS, the city council adopted Resolution 05-094 on February 14, 2005, granting a Section 50-38 special use permit to Mark Lambert of Summit Management, LLC for Campus Park II, a common interest community development on 31 acres near Rice Lake Road and Blackman Avenue; and

     WHEREAS, Mark Lambert of Summit Management, LLC, has submitted to the city council an amended Section 50-38 special use permit request for a common interest community development on 31 acres of property legally described as follows:

     (a)  In Clague and Prindle's Addition to Duluth: all of Blocks 2, 3, 4 and those parts of Blocks 5 and 6 lying southwest of Rice Lake Road, including those parts of dedicated unbuilt streets and alleys lying adjacent thereto; and

     (b)  In Triggs and Kennedy’s Addition to Duluth: those parts of Blocks 38, 39, 42, 43, 44 and 45 lying southwest of Rice Lake Road and that part of Lots 10, 12, 14 and 16, Block 41 lying southeast of the northeasterly extension of Hickory Street to intersect with Rice Lake Road at Chinook Drive, including those parts of dedicated unbuilt streets and alleys lying adjacent thereto; and

     WHEREAS, said amended permit application was duly referred to the city planning commission for a study, report and public hearing held during the regular meeting on Tuesday, June 22, 2005, and the commission has subsequently reported its recommendation of conditional approval to the city council; and

     WHEREAS, the city council finds that the conditions contained in this resolution address the shortcomings identified by the city planning commission's findings of inadequacies in the submitted documents and that with the conditions contained herein, appropriate safeguards will exist to protect the comprehensive plan and to conserve and protect property values in the neighborhood if said conditions are observed (reference Planning Commission File No. 05059);

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that an amendment to the previously approved special use permit is hereby granted to Mark Lambert and Summit Management, LLC, for a common interest community development of 18 residential buildings (in four styles), an office and recreation building, and a maintenance building on 31 acres of property located north of Davis Street, east of Connecticut Avenue and southwest of Rice Lake Road, with the following terms and conditions:

     (a)  That the project be limited to, developed, and maintained according to plans submitted by RLK Kuusisto Ltd., entitled, Campus Park II, dated December 29, 2004, together with amendments submitted through June 27, 2005, and identified as Public Document No. ________;

     (b)  That the director of the department of planning and development be allowed to approve the replacement of any building type AA or B with a building type A or C if soil or topography conditions make that building type more feasible;

     (c)  That the project secure necessary building, grading, erosion control and storm water management permits from the city and Minnesota pollution control agency;

     (d)  That a procedure for the maintenance and monitoring of the storm water ponds shown on the site plans be approved by the city engineer;

     (e)  That at all times during the construction of the project there shall be no net increase in storm water runoff from a pre-development condition;

     (f)  That building mounted lighting on all buildings specified on architectural plans have flat lens and be downcast or angled only slightly outward. The source of lights shall be hooded or controlled in some manner as not to light adjacent properties and to reduce general light pollution.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution grants an amendment to a previously granted Section 50-38 special use permit for Campus Park II, a common interest community plat. Changes to the special use permit include modified residential buildings, expanded parking areas, additional wetland replacement areas, and an enlarged office/community building. The project will now consist of 18 residential buildings (in four styles), an office/recreation building, and a maintenance building. The first phase (16 acres) will be a campus/student housing development to support the College of St. Scholastica and University of Minnesota; part of phase 1 of the development will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2006.


The planning commission unanimously approved the special use permit amendment at the regular meeting held Tuesday, June 22, 2005. The commissioners based their recommendation for the amended special use permit on the finding that the proposed project would not result in a random pattern of development causing negative fiscal or environmental impacts. Townhouse and apartment land uses are generally best planned for areas that have good transportation access, adequate utility infrastructure, and are centrally located in the community to allow for convenient access to goods and services. Other factors to consider are the natural features of the site and the surrounding land uses. This site meets these criteria.


When all phases of this project are constructed (approximately six years), the city assessor estimates that the property will yield $345,400 in property tax revenues, $72,000 of which will accrue to the city of Duluth.


Petition received:

May 24, 2005

Petition certified:

June 3, 2005

Action date for
special use permit:

October 1, 2005

 

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