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1 Elk Run Inter-regional Corridor Planning and Reality MPO Summer Workshop August 11, 2008 Phil Wheeler, AICP, Executive Director ROCOG

2 A Case Study of the Land Use/ Transportation Planning System Background on the North 52 Study and Plan Pine Islands Land Use Plans The Elk Run Development Proposal The draft AUAR Mn/DOTs, DEEDs, Olmsted Countys, & ROCOGs Responses The final AUAR and its responses Current Status

3 TH. 52 Pine Island / Oronoco SUBAREA Study Vision 52 IRC Plan

4 Sub-Area Corridor Study 2000 – consultant selection and contract April 2001 – public review of preliminary concepts July 2001 – refined concepts presented, preferred concept identified August 2003 - Environmental Analysis complete December 2003 – Open houses on official map

5 Highway 52 Oronoco to Pine Island Sub-Area Study Goal: To implement the Highway 52 freeway vision between 85 th Street in Oronoco Township and 500 th Street in Pine Island by choosing new interchange locations and new or improved connecting roads.

6 Preferred Study Alternative Developed through a combination of technical study and local input Vision is to provide interchange access, serve properties, and maintain connectivity Other local and regional system connections identified and may be studied further as locals develop long-range plans

7 Design Elements Conversion to 4-lane freeway (10.2 miles) 3 freeway interchanges (CSAH 12/CR 112, CSAH 12/CSAH 5, Main Street) Closure of all at-grade access 9.2 miles of new Olmsted County Roads 2.7 miles of new Goodhue County Roads 12.3 miles of new frontage/supporting roads

8 Preferred Study Alternative



11 Jurisdictional Impacts

12 Coming Phases Phase 2 – Engineering Design and Environmental Assessment –Will begin on October 1, 2001 and should last approximately 12 months Phase 3 – Right-of-Way Preservation and Official Mapping –Will conclude by January 2003

13 Next Steps Jurisdictional Review Period (September 4 – October 15) seeking formal endorsement of Preferred Study Alternative Phase 2 of Study begins October 1, 2001 –Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment

14 Pine Island Council Resolution supporting preferred alternative


16 Major Milestones TH 52 Inter-Regional Corridor Study Sub-Area Corridor Plan & Environmental Assessment 2000 - 03 Official Map of Preferred Alternative 2003 - 2004

17 Public Involvement 47 public meetings on the corridor study or official map 24 meetings in the City of Pine Island 18 public open house meetings on study; 12 in Pine Island

18 Preferred Alternative

19 Draft Pine Island Future Land Use & Roads

20 What is an Official Map? A map which establishes anticipated acquisition lines for future streets or sites needed for public facilities Prepared by licensed land surveyor Adopted by ordinance by local jurisdictions such as counties and in some cases cities and townships Authorized in City & County Planning Legislation (Chapters 394 and 462 of statute)

21 Typical Approach to Developing an Official Map Establish the need for the project –Long Range Transportation Plan or a Corridor or Subarea Study Complete a Preliminary Layout and/or Right- of-Way Needs Study Complete Environmental Review (For projects anticipated to be funded with state or federal $$) Review and Adopt Official Map

22 What an Official Map Shows An Official Map document is similar to a Subdivision Plat without any lots – it shows: –A surveyed centerline of the proposed road corridor with right of way limits dimensioned off the centerline OR s urveyed right-of-way limits –Anticipated access control for future limited- access roadways typically highlighted

23 Responsibility of Jurisdictions Willingness of jurisdiction with zoning authority to administer zoning consistently with the Countys official map Responsibility on the part of the road authority to negotiate in good faith with affected landowners Acknowledgement on the part of the public that if resources are not available building construction may proceed

24 Proposed Official Map Approach Rely on county and state staff and financial resources to acquire land for needed right of way Coordinate the review of permit applications between Cities/Towns and the County for lands in the Official Map area Agree on the roles of cities, towns, county & state in administering Official Maps

25 Outline of Agreement Counties will adopt Official Maps An advisory committee will be created to address issues in administering Official Maps Towns and Municipalities agree to administer the Official Maps on behalf of the Counties Counties and MNDOT agree to review permits in a timely manner and to conduct negotiations with landowners

26 Result Two Official Maps: one for each County Each County Official Map goes to County Recorders Office Towns and Municipalities have their own copy of map for use in planning and zoning work All local jurisdictions entered into the proposed official map agreement

27 Elk Run Proposal

28 Split Interchange

29 Comparison of Split Interchange to current Off. Map

30 Elk Run AUAR Traffic Impact Study 18 52 Oronoco City Limits Olmsted/Goodhue County Line

31 AUAR Study Area Proposed Land Use AUAR Study Area Pine Island Oronoco 52 18 3 5 12 Douglas Trail 52 5 3 18 31 1.5 mi 5.5 mi

32 Land Use Scenario Total Land Use Housing: 6,275 Units Est Population: 15,000 Retail: 2.6 million sqft Biobusiness: 1.8 million sqft Industrial: 1.7 million sqft Business Park: 420k sqft The Falls / Assisted Living Traffic Generated Estimated 210,000 trips TH 52 North: 40-45,000 TH 52 South: 60-70,000

33 Core Area Land Uses in Acres * At a floor area ratio of.2, this would be a commercial area larger in floor area than the gross leasable floor area of the Mall of America * 5 acre non- profit bio- science center

34 Daily Trip Generation Rates

35 Trip Generation by Land Use

36 Projected 2025 Traffic Typical Arterial Capacities Typical Freeway Capacities

37 AUAR Recommended Improvements for 2012 A: Build Interchange on TH 52 B: Construct connection to 59 th Ave C: Pave 59 th Ave D: Pave 520 th St ( County Line road ) E / G: Convert 52 access to right-in, right out F: Improvements at existing CSAH 11 interchange

38 2025 Recommendations Replace 2012 Diamond Interchange with a Cloverleaf or Split Diamond 4-6 lanes + multiple turn lanes across interchange from 59 th Ave to 80 th Ave NW All frontage or backage roads 3 or 4 lanes

39 Staff Concerns 2012 Recommendations Interchange Construction AUAR suggests connecting only 59 th Ave (east leg). West leg should be built to CSAH 31 All right-in, right –out access (E /G) should be closed if interchange is built & frontage roads built AUAR does not address expected public assistance to build improvements 31 AUAR Plan Approved 52 Plan

40 Staff Concerns 2012 Recommendations Local Streets & Access AUAR finds that 400,000 sq ft of development could occur without interchange & access to TH 52 limited to right-in, right-out Under this scenario, drivers will need to travel to Pine Island interchange and Oronoco overpass to make left turns onto highway AUAR recommends paving 59 th Ave from point B northward; paving should extend on 59 th Ave south all the way to Oronoco given likely scenario that interchange may not be built for some time / Who pays? Lack of any local street connections back to Pine Island will force local traffic to use TH 52 31

41 TH 52 Impact / 2025 Scenario AUAR Guidelines state the geographical extent of the analysis must extend outward as far as the traffic to be generated would have a significant impact on the roadway system… –107,000 vehicles per day projected on 52 at full development –6 lane freeway needed south to 75 th St –Likely right of way, bridge widening impacts in Oronoco in addition to added through lanes needed / issues with noise impacts –Could require curb & gutter with storm sewer instead of runoff managed in ditches –AUAR DOES NOT (but should) ADDRESS POTENTIAL IMPACTS of this change, including especially noise and air and water quality

42 Other impacts outside of AUAR area not discussed 29,000 ADT on 59 th Ave extending into Oronoco in full build-out scenario –AUAR does not discuss impact or improvement need this would create on East Frontage Rd and in vicinity of overpass in Oronoco ( 4 lane + turn lanes needed ) 12,000 ADT on CSAH 31 extending south towards CSAH 12 ( 3 or 4 lane needed ) 7,100 ADT on CSAH 3 south of AUAR Area ( turn lanes & bypass lanes, paved shoulders needed ) Ash Rd between 59 th Ave and CSAH 18 eliminated ( how is service replaced to lands outside of Elk Run ? )

43 Staff Concerns Local Network 2025 Recommended Future Street Network for south side of Pine Island in Comp Plan Recommended right of way preservation needs in AUAR report. AUAR Major Street Network Plan is less extensive than Comp Plan Network though development assumed is more intense AUAR does not mention issue of need for additional River Crossing to facilitate local circulation – results in forcing heavy volumes on 125 th St, Main Street, Center St (all County Roads) AUAR does not discuss how many miles of new road may be needed / what costs might be River Crossing

44 Pine Island Comprehensive Plan states –A new river crossing corridor should be considered somewhere east of the Main Street bridge –from a local circulation perspective (it may) be advantageous to plan for another Highway 52 overpass that would functionally link the northeast section of the City with the southern section (via the potential new river crossing) Staff concurs with the Comp Plan language – AUAR should discuss this issue ( it makes no mention of river crossing issue ) –Development in AUAR area will need improved local street network connectivity

45 125 th St Corridor Projected traffic of 40,000 to 65,000 –Highest volume non-freeway in Rochester / 30,000 at Wal-Mart South on 63 General Level of Service guidelines suggest 6 to 8 lanes from 59 th Ave to 80 th Ave NW AUAR recommends mixing of expressway and arterial street design to provide adequate capacity Current Footprint Staff Concerns -High arterial volumes suggest insufficient density of arterial & collector streets -Do not think expressway design will be effective - High capacity interchange which will require larger footprint / more access control / obviously more $$$ - what is impact on Elk Run?

46 How does AUAR address 2025 Street Network Issues? Recommends that MNDOT & Counties re-do the TH 52 Environmental Assessment by 2012 –Address interchange needed, additional overpasses, changes to frontage road system, river crossing as part of new EA Conversely, what could the AUAR have included? –At a minimum an additional analysis scenario evaluating how much development could be supported with an urban diamond interchange that would fit within the right of way officially mapped.


48 Revised AUAR Mn/DOT, Olmsted County, and ROCOG registered objections to the notion that comments should be restricted to the2013 phase but should acknowledge the 2025 phase. Strongly worded objection to AUAR by Mn/DOT.

49 Outcome Strong support for Elk Run Bioscience element by Senator Murphy, Governor Pawlenty, and DEED. Mn/DOT AUAR objection withdrawn. DEED grant for infrastructure approved. Groundbreaking for utility extension 8/22/2008. Pine Island adherence to official map in plat approval conditions.

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