Planners recommended Tuesday that the Rosemount City Council approve the UMore Final Alternative Urban areawide review.
The planning commission reviewed comments received during the final 10-day comment period. That period followed a 30-day comment period earlier this summer.
The Final AUAR for UMore evaluates three potential environmental impacts related to the development of the 5,000-acre area. The three scenarios were developed using differing levels of commercial, industrial, residential and greenway uses.
The University of Minnesota plans to develop a sustainable community, which could consist of 20,000 to 30,000 people, on the property.
The comments received during the 10-day period included some from Dakota County, the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
According to consultant Andi Moffatt, none of the agencies who provided comments objected to the final AUAR.
The comments from Dakota County indicated the city will need to coordinate with county staff regarding traffic and access spacing as the project moves forward.
Senior planner Eric Zweber said the county has a long-range transportation plan in place and regardless of development at UMore, there are planned roadways through the property on which the city will have to coordinate with the county.
The Metropolitan Council stated that the city will need to continue to address groundwater issues including working with the Coalition of Northern Dakota County Cities.
Another concern raised was whether the current wastewater system could handle the addition of the UMore community as well as the projected population increases in Rosemount, said Zweber
Currently Rosemount’s wastewater is processed at the Empire Wastewater Treatment Plant. Zweber said the Metropolitan Council wants to put off adding another treatment facility as long as possible.
Commissioner Wade Miller asked if it could be assumed since UMore is planning a sustainable community that their wastewater output would be lower than standard practices.
Zweber answered that overall that assumption could be made but the beginning developments may use similar amounts.
Lastly, Zweber said the MPCA provided information that the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System requirements have changed as of Aug. 1 and that the AUAR should reflect those changes.
Zweber said any development at UMore will have to meet all requirements that are in place at the time of development regardless of whether they are in the document.
“Approval of the FAUAR does not grandfather any regulations or uses,” said Zweber.
The Rosemount City Council will consider approval of the Final AUAR at their Oct. 15 meeting.
Adoption of the document will mean any development that is proposed within the UMore area will need to meet the mitigation measures outlined in the document. Approval means the University of Minnesota can take another step forward in their plans to build a sustainable community.