City appeals Twin
Word from high court could take months
The city of Roseville and a team of
developers will ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to review a
lower court's decision that has held up the controversial Twin
Lakes development in the city's northwest corner.
With the retail and housing project
apparently in limbo, the City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to
ask the state's high court to review the case, but such action
is far from a certainty.
"The Supreme Court does not accept
review in very many cases,'' said Scott Anderson, legal counsel
for the city.
It could take several months for the court
to decide whether to hear the Twin Lakes case and several more
months to render a decision if it does.
Mayor Craig Klausing and council members
Dean Maschka and Tammy Pust voted to petition for the Supreme
Court's review. Council members Amy Ihlan and Tom Kough opposed
that motion, which had been discussed in executive session
The developers — headed by Rottlund Homes
and Roseville Properties — sent a letter to the city Monday
also indicating their intent to seek the high court's review,
Anderson said. The developers could not be reached Tuesday for
The state Court of Appeals two weeks ago
ruled partially in favor of a lawsuit brought by a citizens
group, Friends of Twin Lakes, alleging that the development
requires a change in the city's comprehensive plan and further
environmental review to move forward.
The key sticking point could be the
requirement for an amended comprehensive plan, which by state
law would require at least a 4-1 vote of approval from the
Over several hard-fought months of debate
leading up to last summer's redevelopment agreement between the
developers and the city, the project consistently received 3-2
approvals from the council.
The contested 80-acre first phase of the
Twin Lakes project calls for construction of 730 housing units,
225,000 square feet of office space and 325,000 square feet of
shops and restaurants.
The proposed 280-acre Twin Lakes
redevelopment site, north and east of Cleveland Avenue and
County Road C, is mostly abandoned and partially contaminated
industrial land surrounding Langton Lake and Oasis Pond.
Steve Scott may be reached at 651-228-5526