BY COUNCILOR STAUBER:
(a) The city planning commission, at its November 14, 2007, regular meeting, approved the reclassification of the tax forfeited parcels listed in Exhibit A (Public Document No. ____________________) for inclusion in the Eastridge Plat (FN 07156); and
(b) The board of county commissioners of St. Louis County is hereby requested to reclassify from conservation to nonconservation and to offer for sale to DEDA the tax forfeited parcels listed in Exhibit A now withheld from sale in conservation.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution requests that the St. Louis County board reclassify from conservation to non-conservation status 31 acres of tax forfeited land in preparation for its sale to DEDA which will then sell it to White Pine Development. The city of Duluth planning commission reviewed this request at their November 17, 2007, regular meeting and recommends the reclassification and sale of the land listed in Exhibit A.
The city planning commission, at its October 16, 2007, regular meeting, approved the preliminary plat of Eastridge that includes 114 acres of land owned by White Pine Development as well as the 31 acres of tax forfeited parcels listed in Exhibit A.
The Duluth economic development authority (DEDA), at its November 5, 2007, meeting, approved a land sale agreement with White Pine Development whereby DEDA will acquire from the state of Minnesota through Saint Louis County the tax forfeited land listed in Exhibit A and that White Pine Development will pay DEDA all costs associated with acquiring the land and then incorporate such land with land owned by White Pine Development to complete the plat of Eastridge.
This resolution may result in this property being sold to a party who will pay property taxes, thereby increasing the tax base.