Development Projects

Potential Application for Cellular antenna in City Park

Verizon wireless has identified a need to add capacity in the city of Orono, in particular near the Orono Golf Course, and near the intersection of Old Crystal Bay Road and Northshore Drive.  
In these locations, City Ordinances allow, by right, wireless service antennas and towers if placed on a city water tower (Section 78-417 (6)).  When not placed on a water tower, but placed on a municipal structure, they are permitted by a Conditional Use (Section 78-418 (3)).  A conditional Use permit is a permit issued by the city Council, following a public hearing and review by the Planning Commission.  
Since a Conditional Use Permit is issued to the property, not the applicant, Verizon needed permission from the city to apply for a project on city property.  That authorization was provided by the Council in February, 2018.
To date, no application has been submitted.  We anticipate an application later this summer, possibly into the fall.  Once an application is received, the public hearing process will start.  The Park Commission will also be included in that process, as the improvement will likely be in a city park.  
No decisions have been made as to location, height, style, or whether or not antennas should be placed in the park.  Those decisions will come after the public review process.  

Development Proposals

The City recently received and reviewed the following development proposals:

Orono Senior Housing (LA18-000034).  A 70 unit Senior, Assisted, and Memory Care Facility is proposed for 2635 Kelley Parkway.  The Planning Commission packet can be found here.

Orono Apartment.  (LA18-000036) A 56 unit market rate apartment building is proposed for 2745 Kelley Parkway.   The Planning Commission packet can be found here.

Baldur Park (LA18-000068)  The city has received a request for the review of a proposed sketch plan that would support a plat of several small lots into one or more single family lots.  The Planning Commission’s scheduled review of this item is August 20, 2018.  The Planning Commission packet can be found here.  A sketch plan is purely an informal review to gather feedback from the Planning Commission and City Council on a number of questions.  A public hearing is not part of the sketch plan process.  If the application moves forward, it will come back as a preliminary plat, which will include a public hearing. 

1003 Wildhurst (LA18-000065)  The city received a request for a review of a proposed sketch plan to subdivide approximately 14.8 acres of privately owned land and public right of way into 8 single family lots.  The lots on the west side of a newly extended Wildhurst Trail will be on Septic, and the lots on the east will be served by municipal sewer.  The Planning Commissions review is scheduled for September 17, 2088.   The Planning Commissions packet can be found here.  A sketch plan is purely an informal review to gather feedback from the Planning Commission and City Council on a number of questions.  A public hearing is not part of the sketch plan process.  If the application moves forward, it will come back as a preliminary plat, which will include a public hearing. 

Eisinger Flats, 3245 Wayzata Blvd.  (LA18-000079)  The city received a request for sketch plan review of a proposed subdivision that will support a 192 unit apartment building on land formerly used as a landfill.  The Planning Commissions review is scheduled for September 17, 2018, their packet can be found here.  A sketch plan is purely an informal review to gather feedback from the Planning Commission and City Council on a number of questions.  A public hearing is not part of the sketch plan process.  If the application moves forward, it will come back as a preliminary plat, which will include a public hearing.  A Comprehensive Plan, Zone change and Master Plan will all need to be approved for the project to be built. 


Zoning Ordinance Amendments

The City Council and Planning Commission continually reviews city ordinances to ensure they further the goals of the community. The City has recently passed and is currently reviewing many proposed ordinances, including the following:

Pending Zoning Ordinance Amendments

  • Accessory structure setbacks
  • Subdivision requirements
  • Grading and Land Alteration regulations