Development Projects


The City reviewed or is reviewing the following development proposals: 

Orono Crossing (LA20-000052).  David Weekly Homes has submitted a sketch plan proposal for a 43 unit townhome development at the NW corner of Wayzata Blvd and Willow Drive.  The Planning Commission reviewed it at their meeting on September 21, 2020, and the City Council is expected to review it in October. Access will be a new private road off of Kelley Parkway.   The sketch plan is the first step of the development process, and frequently plans are adjusted as feedback is received.  

Shoreline Estates (LA20-000048).  A 7 lot single-family residential subdivision is proposed at 1700 Shoreline Drive.  Access is proposed off of Shoreline Drive,  The Planning Commission reviewed the project at their meeting on August 17, 2020.  The City Council initially reviewed the project on September 14, 2020 and is expected to review it again at their meeting on October 12, 2020.  

Orchard Hill. (LA20-000030) A five lot single-family residential subdivision is proposed at 135 Orono Orchard Road. The Planning Commission reviewed the application at their meeting on May 18th and again on August 17th.  The applicant is also requesting a Comprehensive Plan Amendment that would expand the Municipal Urban Service Area (MUSA) to serve the project with sanitary sewer, with no increase of density.  The City Council approved the preliminary plat and the Comprehensive Plan Amendment (to allow for the property to be served by sanitary sewer) at their meeting on September 14th.  

Orono Apartments. (LA20-000001) A 56 unit market-rate apartment building was approved by the City Council on April 13, 2020. The building will be located at 2745 Kelley Parkway. Construction is expected to start Spring 2021.

Development Proposals

The City reviews development proposals at various stages.  Some of the more common stages include: 

A Sketch Plan is an informal review of a project that involves subdivision, or a change in Land Use Policy.  The idea is to gain initial feedback from staff, the planning commission, and the city council.  The applicant, based on the comments received, can decide whether or not to move forward with a project.  

A Preliminary Plat is a formal review process, involving a public hearing, where a project is carefully analyzed for conformance with city codes and ordinances.   

A Master Plan is a site plan prepared for many Planned Unit Developments, and details such as grading, utilities, building materials, landscaping, lighting are all reviewed.  

A Final Plat is the final review, confirming that all conditions imposed by earlier stages have been addressed.