River Walk Village

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are a list of questions submitted to the City with initial responses. The City will make every attempt to update this list regularly, but is not responsible for a gap in updates. For the most recent updates, please contact Chloe McGuire Brigl, Primary Reviewer, at 763-433-9821 or cmcguire@cityoframsey.com.

What’s the project timeline?

The project is fully approved by the City and is currently in the construction phase. Please see this construction notice for the most recent information: Construction Notice.

What will the traffic impacts be on Rivlyn Avenue?

There will be added traffic on Rivlyn Avenue, but those impacts are forecasted to be within acceptable ranges from a traffic engineering perspective. You will notice increased traffic levels, but delays at adjacent intersections should be minimal. There are no plans to widen existing Rivlyn Avenue. To repeat, this response is based on traffic engineering principles. If you feel there are other negative impacts on this topic, do feel free to provide your comments in writing to include along with the record.

Will there be assessments to existing properties for new infrastructure?

There will be no assessments to existing properties related to this project. Any infrastructure constructed is the responsibility of the Developer. The only financial assistance the Developer is requesting is related to the cleanup of the landfill.

Why would the City support a lot less than 50 feet in width?

Lot widths are not measured right at the street, especially for cul-de-sac lots. These pie shaped lots often are more narrow at the street. If there are actual deviations from City Code provisions, the Planning Commission and City Council will need to decide if the deviation is reasonable given the circumstances of the lot (shape, topography, etc.). Please note that we are still in exploratory and review stages. The City has not officially acted on this project, nor its individual standards.

Why would the City support a lot with homes too close to the river?

The setbacks to the river are still under consideration in consultation with the Minnesota DNR. As noted above, the Planning Commission and City Council will need to decide that if a deviation does exist, if said deviation is reasonable given the overall context.

Why would the City support State of Minnesota funding or local contribution for cleanup?

This brownfield condition is unique when compared to an ordinary development project. At the end of the day, it is unlikely that the project will be able to sustain itself financially without assistance. Many projects throughout the State of Minnesota experience similar conditions. In recognition of the complexities and financial realities of these brownfield redevelopment projects, the State of Minnesota has set up different cleanup grant programs. The hope is that the assistance allows a project to move forward that adds to the City’s tax base and provides a projects that advances the City’s vision for the future and is compatible with surrounding areas.

Can the City do anything for additional public input or communication for those that cannot attend the meetings?

Residents are encouraged sign up for email invites through the Development Updates List at http://cityoframsey.com/list.aspx. While this is not development specific, it is a tool we are about to begin to use on a broader scale as another mechanism to keep residents informed. Please know that City Council, Boards/Commissions, and City Staff strive to be transparent and focus on public engagement. Please do not hesitate to contact us to help get information about this project as well as information about a number of upcoming opportunities to engage in this process with an official application.

What notification is the City required to provide for project review?

Minnesota Statutes require that the City provide notification of the Official Public Hearing associated with Preliminary Plat Review. This Public Hearing is held by the Planning Commission and is the most critical point in a subdivision review. The City must provide proper notification in the City’s Official Newsletter. The City has selected the Anoka County UnionHerald as the City’s Official Newsletter. The City must also mail the notification to properties within 350 feet of the development site. 

The City strives to go above and beyond minimum requirements to engage the community in key policy decisions. The City adds to the minimum requirements of Public Hearing Notification by adding on-site signage and mailing to a radius of 700 feet. Additionally, the City adds a step to the required process known as Sketch Plan Review. This is a conceptual review prior to the official application. Mailings are sent to properties within 700 feet.

In addition, the City often adds public workshops when key decisions involve discretionary action. These public workshops help design the final product sent for official review and provide a more comfortable space for the community to comment on key decisions. 

There was some confusion about notices provided on this project. Please note that as of April 23, all review has been optional and at the Pre-Application Stage. Please understand that the process is designed to have multiple touch points so that things do not fall through the cracks. There is plenty of opportunity to engage in the process. If we do hear from a significant number of residents that they feel they did not receive ample notice, we will check our records and consider adding another at another step in the process.