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.   

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

The City recently received and reviewed the following development proposals: 

690 Brown Road Willow Bay Sanctuary (LA19-000092).  The Property owner proposes to subdivide the 24.37 acre parcel into 7 build able lots.  The Planning Commission reviewed the preliminary plat at their meeting on April 15, and their packet can be found here. The City Council reviewed the project on May 13th.  The developer has submitted the final plat application, with will be reviewed by the City Council in June.    

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 project has received final approvals and construction has started.    

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.

Eisinger Flats, 3245 Wayzata Blvd.  (LA19-000025)  The city is reviewing the Master Plan, Zone Change, Preliminary Plat, and Interim Use Permit for a proposed two building, 244 unit apartment complex on land formerly used as a landfill.  The Planning Commission reviewed that project on April 15, 2019, their packet can be found here.   The Commission recommended a number of changes, the plan will be re-reviewed on June 17th, the Council potentially reviewing the project in July.   

350 Stubbs Bay Road N.  The Planning Commission reviewed a proposed lot split for a second single family lot.  The City Council reviewed this application on May 13, 2019 and required some changes.  They are expected to review the revisions on June 10th.