Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dakota County Physical Development Committee will recommend approval of draft Lebanon Hills Master Plan with amendments

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Dakota County's Physical Development Committee of the Whole voted to recommend the adoption of the revised draft Lebanon Hills Regional Park Master Plan to the Dakota County Board, with some last-minute amendments.
 
The revised Lebanon Hills Regional Park Master Plan has something for everyone — providing for greater access and improved natural resources for all.
 
The plan does not pave over any existing hiking or cross-country ski trails, but expands the amount of natural surface hiking trails in the park, resulting in a total of 43 miles of unpaved trails. It also adds a 6-mile paved connector trail and a 0.5-mile paved loop around McDonough Lake.
 
At Tuesday's meeting, residents were given an opportunity to voice their opinions on the plan, and amendments were made as a result.
 
Residents wanted an increased emphasis on protecting the park's natural resources, so the plan includes more efforts to remove invasive buckthorn. The committee also eliminated camper cabins and lighting of ski trails from the draft plan after hearing comments.
 
With the amendments, the revised draft Lebanon Hills Regional Park Master Plan was recommended to the County Board for approval by a vote of 4–3.
 
The Dakota County Board will vote on the revised plan at its meeting on Tuesday, March 17.
 
For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/parks and search Lebanon Hills Master Plan.

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