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LMCD Approved EAW Record of Decision and Initiated Process of Two

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.

The LMCD has recently finalized one EAW and initiated the process of two more.  The information, with respective documentation, is offered below for each independently proposed project.

5th Street Ventures; Seton Lake
Record of Decision – Negative Declaration
The LMCD finalized the EAW process for a proposed multiple dock license application for 5th Street Ventures, LLC.  Based on the findings of that process, the LMCD Board of Directors approved Resolution #151, Declaring a Negative Need for an EIS.  To that end, the LMCD will schedule a public hearing to consider the proposed application at the November 9th Regular Board Meeting. The proposed application is to maintain an existing dock with 13 boat storage units (BSU) and to add an additional 28.  Both the EAW and Record of Decision are offered below for your reference:

Initiation of Two EAW’s

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) is anticipating the receipt of two independent, new multiple dock license applications from representatives of the City of Excelsior and the owner of Brown’s Bay Marina (Site 2).  Both proposed projects triggered the need to conduct a mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW).  The October 12th approved, mandatory EAWs were distributed to the required agencies on October 17th.   Additionally, the EAW’s are scheduled to be published in the October 24th edition of the EQB Monitor and a press release was submitted to the Lakeshore Weekly News.

Submittal of written comments relative to each project is being accepted through November 23, 2016.  Comments can be sent to the LMCD office at 5341 Maywood Road, Suite 200, Mound, MN  55364 or by email to Executive Director Vickie Schleuning at   Questions may also be directed to Schleuning at 952-745-0789.

The following is a summary of each proposed project and their respective EAW is offered within:

Browns Bay Marina (Site 2); Tanager Bay
Marina owner proposes to submit 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 addressing such.  No increase in density is proposed.

City of Excelsior; Excelsior Bay “Commons”
City representatives propose to submit 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’ 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.


Posted on: October 18th, 2016