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The Hastings City Council approved the annexation of land on March 20 for the future Walden at Hastings Development. 

The approval extends the city limits to include the 71-acre parcel located at TH 316 and Michael Avenue. With this land, developer Land Equity Development plans to seek future approval to construct a lifestyle development rental community that includes 450 housing units comprising single family, twin home, townhome, senior living and apartments. 

The majority of the property is agricultural and portions of it will not be able to be developed. The eastern 17 acres contains wooded slopes and is part of the Sand Coulee and is not planned for development.

The property is guided for low-density residential development within the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and is designated for municipal service extension (sewer and water) within the planned Metropolitan Urban Service Area Plan. The Comprehensive Plan would need to be amended to change the land use designation from low density to medium density to accommodate the proposed development plan.

The developer will be preparing an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) to determine impacts of the development, including traffic. The Hastings Planning Commission and City Council will then review the EAW and future requests for development. 

Future actions by the City will be preceded by public hearing notices sent to owners within 350 feet of the project.

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Sheila Calvert

We just had 316 done with roundabouts and the medium put in. Did anyone think at the planning for the future of any developments along 316. I really don't the single lane traffic is going to work. Just my thoughts.

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