New Market Council reviews concept plans

By Patrick Fisher

The New Market City Council reviewed two concept plans at its meeting on Wednesday, May 11.

New Market City Administrator Tom Terry presented the two plans. One was for OnSite Marketing Development and the other was for Dakota Planned Unit Development.

OnSite Marketing’s concept plan includes the site for the proposed elementary school for the New Prague Area School District. Included in the area, which is west of the current city limits and north of County Road 2, are approximately 57 acres of property to be used for the school, 143 detached single-family lots and about 2.5 acres to be for a future water tower and well site. It will allow for residential mixed use, with the potential of medium and low density housing as well commercial. The lots to be used for the housing would be 75 feet.

Terry said the New Market Planning Commission looked at the plan at its May 4 meeting and found it generally acceptable.

In the staff report, it was noted that city utilities and streets will have to be provided to the area. Also, staff is looking at the need for parkland in the area.

Suggestions made included:

• part of the land to be used by the school could be given to the city for park land;

• the city could develop some of the area set aside for the school into a park area that would be used by both groups;

• a part cash and part land dedication could be used;

• as land develops to the west and south additional land could be added to the joint park school area.

No action was needed at this time.

Dakota Planned Unit Development is a mixed-use development on three separate properties, which includes housing and commercial development. The plan includes entry level townhomes.

The planning commission recommended a change to the concept plan that one road be a public street and continue instead of coming to a dead end.

Of concern for the council was permitting a temporary on-site sewage treatment system for the commercial portions of the development. The council was concerned how Scott County and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency would feel about such a system.

Terry said that it was still a concept plan and still required some work.

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