PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That the Duluth city planning commission recommended at its January 8, 2008, regular meeting the sale of the park described in Section 3 below by an affirmative vote by the ten commissioners present out of 13 commissioners seated on the commission, in excess of the three-fourths vote required by state statute.
Section 2. That the city hereby designates the property described in Section 3 below as being surplus to the city’s future needs and hereby declares its intention to alienate its interest in same.
Section 3. That the proper city officials are hereby authorized to sell and convey the following described property in St. Louis County, Minnesota, by quit claim deed to White Pine Development for $7,900, the proceeds to be deposited in General Fund 0100-700-1420-4640-02 to be used for the improvement or maintenance of park lands and to execute all documents necessary with regard to said conveyance:
Lots 8 through 13 inclusive, all in Block 3, Lake View Manor Division.
Section 4. That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its passage and publication.
PLANNING COMMISSION/PLANNING DIVISION
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This ordinance authorizes the sale of park land as allowed by a 1955 state law. The sale price will be calculated by the City Assessor and will be inserted into the ordinance prior to the April 14, 2008, first reading.
The land in question is a half acre park and was deeded to the City in 1924 as a requirement for the platting of Lake View Manor Division. This subdivision and the park were never improved.
John Hovland, of White Pine Development, is proposing a housing development on 144 acres that includes the park land proposed for sale. He is proposing to develop part of the site with approximately 23 home sites and will leave at least 70 acres undeveloped as open space. This proposed development is congruent with the comprehensive plan.
The 1955 state law requires that, before the sale of park land is approved, that the city planning commission recommend the sale by a three-fourths vote, which was accomplished at their January 8, 2008, regular meeting via 10 of 13 seated commissioners. Additionally, the city parks and recreation commission recommended the sale at their November 14, 2007, regular meeting with the stipulation that the proceeds of the sale be directed to parks and recreation.
Tax base impact summary: This property will be returned to the tax roles after 84 years. There will be minimal tax impact until such time as property is improved with a structure or other site improvement.