Arden Hills adds TCAAP planning fees

Arden Hills officials have set fees aimed to recover costs related to the development of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant.

At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Arden Hills City Council approved a $2,743-per-acre planning fee specifically for the project, which is called Rice Creek Commons. It’s aimed to cover city staff’s work to prepare for the development and negotiate terms with Ramsey County, which owns the 429-acre site, and master developer Alatus.

“We’ve always talked about it conceptually, but we finally had to pin down a number and attach a fee to it accordingly,” said Arden Hills City Administrator Dave Perrault. “With the information we have now, we’re trying to set that fee and hope the project moves forward in the future.”

In December, the council also changed its fee schedule to increase water and sewer utility connection fees, which will come into play when the TCAAP development breaks ground.

How the city will receive those fees isn’t yet finalized, Perrault said. Because it’s a per-acre fee, the developer could pay as development plans are finalized for each section of land. That will be ironed out later.

The board of the project’s joint development authority between Arden Hills and Ramsey County was scheduled to meet on Feb. 4, after press time for this edition of the paper.

 

—Matt Hudson

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