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Former Sam's Club Site Land Use and Development Study

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The city council began implementing the recommendations of the Sam's Club land use and development study in September 2019, including:

  • Designating the future land use as Transit Oriented Development in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
  • Rezoning the property to Business Park on the northern half of the property and High Density Multiple Family Residential on the southern half of the parcel.
  • Adopting an ordinance to define and regulate self-storage facilities, and effectively preventing that use of the Sam's Club property.

The comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning will not be effective until the Metropolitan Council authorizes the city to place the comprehensive plan amendment into effect. That is expected to be completed by the end of November 2019. 

The city council extended the moratorium on the property at their meeting August 26, 2019. The moratorium will remain in place until the comprehensive until the rezoning is in effect or until January 11, 2020, whichever occurs first.

Background

On Aug. 27, 2018, the city council approved an interim ordinance establishing a moratorium on the use and development of the building and lands located at 3745 Louisiana Ave. S. in St. Louis Park. The moratorium includes exceptions for certain types of development. The city council directed city staff to conduct a study for the purpose of possible amendments to the city’s official controls, including land use and zoning regulations, to address issues concerning the property. It is the city's intention to implement any amendments to the city's official controls before the moratorium expires on Sept. 14, 2019. The city has the authority to extend the current moratorium up to six more months.

  • March 11, 2019 — Presentation was given to council that provided a broad overview of the site context, environmental considerations, market considerations and proposed land use and development scenarios for additional analysis. Council discussed the information at the study session and directed staff to further analyze three of four proposed development scenarios.
  • May 28, 2019 — Presentation was given to city council, including the staff and consultant's evaluation of the three development scenarios and a recommendation regarding the land use. Following discussion, council directed staff to prepare a comprehensive plan amendment to guide the property for transit oriented development, and to provide recommendations regarding the zoning and other official controls that would support city goals and the mixed-use development scenario (option 3) for city council's formal consideration.
  • July 19, 2019 — City staff and the planning consultant presented the study background, city council direction and city staff's preliminary recommendations to the planning commission during a study session.
  • August 8, 2019 — City staff and the planning consultant held a neighborhood informational meeting and presented the study recommendations and the land uses and zoning controls proposed by the city to regulate future development.
  • August 21, 2019 — Planning commission held a public hearing on the former Sam's Club land use study recommendations and recommended approval of the changes to city council.
  • August 26, 2019 — City council extended the moratorium on the Sam's Club property for up to 120 days.
  • September 3, 2019 — City council change the future land use designation of the property to Transit Oriented Development in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and took a step forward to rezone the property.

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