Lake Elmo warming up to growth

  • Article by: Libor Jany , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 4:29 PM

City officials have begun working more closely with the Met Council to shed its development-averse image.

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workforit1Dec. 7, 13 5:18 PM

I hope Lake Elmo stands strong! I don't live there, but have always admired their city and would like to live there some day. Not if it is over run like woodbury though. No thanks! Woodbury is a prime example of how not to grow. Throw money blindly at schools with no concept of what is and not needed, and out of control property taxes.

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eurotravelerDec. 7, 13 8:58 PM

I'd like to understand how far the Met Council's control runs. Is it ever-expanding as the metro area keeps spreading further out? What is the limit to their control?

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lakeelmo99Dec. 7, 13 9:05 PM

It's got possibility but they've got to get the trains out of here. If you live near the Village you'll be awake all night with trains and whistles.

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summer12Dec. 8, 13 9:32 AM

Hey Lake Elmo, ever shop at Home Depot, Menards, Cub, Sams, WalMart, Target, Lowes, ect. When is the last time you went out for a meal in your city? Thank the surrounding communities for absorbing the growth to make your life and little hamlet so (what you think) special. Lake Elmo wants their cake and eat it too.

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stevedelappDec. 8, 1312:53 PM

The writer who says Lake Elmo residents shop like everyone else is right. In fact there is a Target 1/2 mile from my house in Lake Elmo, Within 6 miles of my house are 4 Targets, 3 CUB's, 2 Rainbows, 2 Menards, 2 Sam's Clubs, 2 Walmarts, 2 Aldi's, 1 Fleet Farm, 1 Lowes, 1 Home Depot. None these businesses would not have located where they are except they are next to major freeway interchanges. All these establishments are Regional and for most, the local traffic is miniscule compared to shoppers from Wisconsin and surrounding cities. What Lake Elmo does host is a 2,400 Regional Park used primarily by non-Washington County residents, that has blocked some $500,000,000 of taxable property, 25 miles of noisy, polluting, dangerous roads primarily used for thru traffic, a railroad track that doesn't even stop in the City, local parks used by large numbers of non-residents, a tubing hill used by 1,000's of Metro Area recreationists, a library that issues free cards and services to all non-resident, development policies that have made the City a national model for sustainability and quality of life. Lake Elmo has the Lake Elmo Inn and Gorman's restaurants. Ed Gorman says most of his traffic is from Wisconsin. But then, most Lake Elmo residents have very nice kitchens and enjoy cooking and eating with their families in beautiful surrounding, instead of looking out at parking lots in other city's national chain restaurants. Besides this, why shouldn't the residents of Lake Elmo look out for themselves. The fact that the residents of other cities defer their rights to control their own zoning to land speculators and developers and compliant, often invested, city council members, should be no reason for Lake Elmo resident to race aim for a low quality of life.

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FrankLDec. 8, 1310:58 PM

Never understood the Met Council's infatuation with Woodbury, the middle management ghetto. They preach infill growth, but keep promoting more sprawl.

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lakeelmoresDec. 10, 1312:49 AM

Steve, Although I haven't always agreed with some of your views, I have always respected your strong convictions and your many many hours of hard work for the City. I am truly saddened by your and your cohorts attempts at using the press and neighborhood gossiping to try and discredit and somehow suggest that the new council members "lied", are somehow invested, and that they along with the proficient city administrator are all in bed with the Met Council. It sadly reminds me of the past smear campaign that was used against you a few years ago, i.e the Youtube video and smear literature. I never, ever, thought you would stoop to that level.

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tordskoogDec. 10, 13 6:00 AM

"Very few residents in Lake Elmo consider their land to be an investment. They consider it to be their home," DeLapp said. - Mr. DeLapp's comment here is the most poignant sentence in this article. Property that is valued as a "home" not as an "investment", not as a "nest egg", not as something that can be "flipped" for short term profit so owners-in-passing can buy more stuff at Walmart, on the Internet or the local Honda dealership. The current Lake Elmo City Council members seem to have, like their Met Council colleagues, pinched values that shun sustainability and brand development as progress. Progress that involves freeways, big parking lots, giant residential neighborhoods and lots opportunities to buy more stuff has little to do with living a civil life that is in balance with the world.

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