Development Projects

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 platting, 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.   The City recently received and reviewed the following development proposals. 

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.  

Recent projects

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.  The Final Plat has been approved.  

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.  The Master Plan is the next step.

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 reviewed this item on August 20, 2018.  The Planning Commission packet can be found here.  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 Council supported expansion of the MUSA boundary to serve 2 acre, 200 foot wide lots on the west side of Wildhurst Trail.  The Planning Commissions packet can be found here.  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 Commission's review was held on September 17, 2018, their packet can be found here.   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. 

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.