Plymouth City Council Expected to Vote on Medicine Lake Dock Dispute

Updated: 03/17/2014 6:45 PM
Created: 03/17/2014 5:00 PM
By: Joe Mazan

 The boating season is still several months away, but there's a dispute over a dock ramping up in the west metro.

The issue is a piece of land on the south end of Medicine Lake in Plymouth.

Dan Gustafson of Minnetonka bought the 5' wide strip of land two years ago for $28,000. "I bought it with the expectation we were going to be able to put a dock on it," he said.

Gustafson requested the City of Plymouth change zoning laws to allow a dock on his land, which used to be an old fire lane.

So far, the city has denied his request. "The zoning ordinance does not allow it because there is no principal structure, there's not a home on the property," said Barb Thompson, City of Plymouth Planning Manager. 

Gustafson's two next door neighbors are against the dock. "They were not in support of any change," said Thompson.

Gustafson admits, "They're not real excited about us being there."

The Plymouth City Council is expected to vote on the issue next month.

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