Lakeville Landowners Hold Key to North Creek Greenway
The owners of a 103-acre farm in Lakeville are critical to the development of Dakota County‘s 14-mile North Creek Greenway that would connect Lakeville, Farmington, Eagan and Apple Valley, and they are ready to sell easements to get the project going, according to the Star Tribune.
The newspaper said easements are needed over 15 acres of the farm, and the land is critical to the project because it includes the headwaters of North Creek.
“The easement is part of an effort to protect wildlife habitat and water quality by stopping future development along the county’s rivers and creeks,” the Strib wrote.
A land appraisal is up next, and Dakota County’s goal is to complete the purchase in time for the city of Lakeville to build a mile of the trail next year. So far the North Creek Greenway has four miles of trails in place. When it’s finished, the greenway will connect from Lebanon Hills Regional Park through the Minnesota Zoo, through Apple Valley and Lakeville and end at the Vermillion River in downtown Farmington, according to the Star Tribune.
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This local update courtesy of your Lakeville Community Expert.