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1/24/2013 11:12:00 AM
Preliminary plat for 40-homes near turkey farm

by Ken Haggerty

Developer Geoff Griffin of Chatfield got unanimous approval at the Stanton Township Board meeting on January 15 for a preliminary plat for a staged 40-home development of property in Sections 24 and 13 of the Township, located north of Goodhue County 24 and west of the Peterson turkey farm. The land is 146 acres, and is on both sides of the Little Cannon River.

Griffin had gone before the Township back in 2010 and had a similar plan approved by the Township, but the project has been on hold since the housing market collapsed. Earlier plans for the property had considered annexation to the city of Cannon Falls. (But Griffin says sewer lines in the roads will be to city standards.) A higher density project of 139 to 169 homes had also been discussed.

This approved preliminary plat, called Little Cannon River Woodlands, would start with a first stage of 12 lots, and grow to 40 lots, ranging from .65 to 3.5 acres. The plan calls for a shared central horse barn of about 40 by 100 feet, with a shared central pasture area and a shared two to three miles of trails for riding, walking, skiiing.

The plan also calls for a community septic drain field system and shared wells.

Griffin hopes to get a hearing from the County in March for some needed zoning changes. The Stanton Planning Commission also passed this proposal unanimously. Griffin said the latest plan addresses some emergency access concerns the County had noted in 2010. Griffin hopes to start on this project this year

Town Board chair Vince Cockriel said he thought this was the best fit for this property any of the board members had heard over the years.

Cockriel said riverside setbacks and preservation of trees for buffering and maintaining the look of the property could be things to consider in a final permit.

Griffin said the plan calls for about 5,600 feet of road, which they would build and then ask the Township to take over for maintenance. Cockriel noted County 24 in that area is in the process of being turned back to Cannon Falls and Stanton Townships as part of the new Hwy. 52 construction in 2013 and 2014. Cockriel said road maintenance could end up being contracted with Cannon Falls Township in that area eventually.

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