300 New Lake Elmo Homes Face Obstacles at Former 3M Tartan Park

September 01, 2016 09:40 AM

Plans to build a new residential development at the former 3M Tartan Park face some hurdles, but one Lake Elmo City Council member said they are not deal breakers. 

Hollis Cavner bought the 500-acre park and is working toward re-designing the park's golf course along with 300 new homes. 


First, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) must approve a new shore land protection ordinance. That is expected soon. 

"The DNR approval is a formality, but it needs to happen and then I want to make sure there is a conservation easement passed to make sure the golf course always remains a golf course and will not be razed and developed into something different because Tartan Park is a jewel for Lake Elmo," said Lake Elmo City Council member Justin Bloyer.

Bloyer supports the development and said he is confident the developer will "do it right."  There are some neighbors, of the proposed development, who have some concerns, but said they are also confident whatever receives final approval will be done correctly. 

Dan Rice, President of the Homestead Homeowners Association, said, "We just want to make sure that everything is done thoroughly and thoughtfully to make sure issues like increased traffic, home density and environmental protections are all in place and considered." 

"There should be a 50 to 100-year plan for Tartan Park because it is such a beautiful piece of land that borders three different lakes," said Rice.  

The DNR shore land ordinance approval is designed to ensure Lake Rose, Horseshoe Lake and Lake Elmo are adequately protected by any neighboring development.


Jay Kolls

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