The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD), as the Responsible Government Unit (RGU) under the Minnesota Environmental Review Program, is responsible for making the determination for the need of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction or expansion of multiple dock projects that total 20,000 square feet of water surface area for the dock and maneuvering space.
To initiate this process, the LMCD is required to approve and process a mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW). After all requirements are met with the Environmental Quality Board (EQB), the LMCD determines if the outcome of the EAW process warrants a negative declaration on the need for an EIS. If a negative declaration is made, the LMCD proceeds in considering a multiple dock license application for the individual applicant. If it is determined that an EIS is warranted, the proposed application is placed on hold to accommodate an EIS process.
Two EAW Processes are Finalized and Public Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Projects
The LMCD finalized the EAW process for two independent, new multiple dock license applications from representatives of the City of Excelsior and the owner of Brown’s Bay Marina (Site 2). Based on the findings of the process, the LMCD Board of Directors approved Resolutions Declaring a Negative Need for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A public hearing is scheduled for the January 11, 2017 Board Meeting to consider the proposed dock license applications. Plans are available for viewing at the LMCD Office.
Submittal of written comments relative to each project is being accepted through January 10, 2017. Comments can be sent to the LMCD office at 5341 Maywood Road, Suite 200, Mound, MN 55364 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, please contact the LMCD at 952-745-0789.
The following is a summary of each proposed project:
Browns Bay Marina (Site 2); Tanager Bay
Marina owner submitted an application for a new Multiple Dock License utilizing Ordinance 217, “Qualified Commercial Marinas.” The proposed project would provide for: 1) the reconfiguration of the dock structure out to 200 feet from shore and 2) conforming side setbacks and a proposal to repeal a current variance regarding setbacks. No increase in boat density is proposed.
City of Excelsior; Excelsior Bay “Commons”
City representatives submitted an application for a new Multiple Dock License utilizing Ordinance #224, “Municipal Planned Unit Development Dock License.” The proposed project would: 1) expand Piers 3, 4 and 5 within their “Commons” area to just under 200 feet out from the shore, 2) add additional watercraft density, and 3) congregating transient watercraft storage to one specific area. This expansion requires equal amount of shoreline to be left in its natural state.