Forest Lake Planning Commission

Two significant development projects are dotting the agendas of the city’s boards. The Forest Lake Planning Commission on May 14 heard proposals from a developer looking to build 74 homes in the Headwaters neighborhood and from former Mayor Stev Stegner, who is planning a two-phase medical office project on Centennial Drive.

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Forest Lake’s park system is large, but are its amenities well-known to the community? What amount of trail linkage is needed, both in the city and on a regional level? Should the city put its resources into fully maintaining each park, or should it invest in a few signature ones? These and plenty more questions were on the table as members of the City Council, Planning Commission and Park Board met with city staff and landscape architects Feb. 18.

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What is reasonable? The discussion at City Hall on Jan. 8 sounded fit for a philosophy club, but rather constituted the heart of the matter in a joint meeting of Forest Lake’s City Council and Planning Commission.

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The Forest Lake City Council on Dec. 9 granted a variance allowing a Third Lake couple to build a house with a deck encroaching within the 50-foot setback of the shoreline mandated in the city code. The 3-2 vote came despite the Planning Commission’s unanimous recommendation to deny the request of Butch and Debra Pittman.

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Three Forest Lake residents on Dec. 3 were appointed to fill vacancies on the city’s Planning Commission. Kevin Gamelin, Gary Lee and Kevin Miller were selected from a pool of eight candidates who interviewed before the City Council. The three new members took part in their first Planning Commission meeting the next night.

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