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Apr 13

The Pointes at Cedar Project Updates - December 2021

Posted to What's the Pointe? on April 13, 2022 at 8:11 AM by Haley Foster

The Pointes at Cedar Project Update: December 2021 Recap

December 2021 was a busy month for the City of Monticello’s Pointes at Cedar project. The City created a new committee, called the Compass Committee to help ‘pointe’ the development in the right direction. The goal of the committee is to keep the project centered around the community of Monticello, incorporating a vision that’s focused on what the public wants and needs. Making The Pointes at Cedar a destination within the city.

Zoning Work Group

The Zoning Work Group is charged with helping develop a zoning ordinance specific to The Pointes at Cedar. Zoning provides the standards for the types of uses and site design that will occur in the project area. At the most recent meeting, the Zoning Work Group used example photos to identify specific characteristics for building materials, landscaping, signage, and design for The Pointes. This guidance will help the City’s planning consultant begin drafting ordinance language for discussion.

Compass Committee

The Compass Committee is helping create and guide the public spaces at the center of The Pointes. The Compass Committee met for the first time on December 15, 2021. After introductions and a presentation by the project team, committee members were led through an imagining exercise to think about what should be included to make The Pointes at Cedar a welcoming place for the entire community. Recurring themes included:

  • Diversity of place - include physical spaces that promote a mix of uses ranging from quiet and contemplative spaces for yoga, meditation and sitting quietly on a bench; to a public stage that allows for local performances of music, theatre, and art.The Pointes at Cedar Newsflash
  • All ages venue - focus on promoting multi-generational use of this public gathering place in a way that encourages people of different ages to meet and enjoy this place together. Ideas to accomplish this focused on programing and events that bring in a mix of cultures and generations, including a food truck event, an annual pond hockey tournament that includes different ages playing at the same time, outdoor films, and pairing activities together such as coffee and a book club or a “paint and sip” event.
  • Access and opportunity – it’s important to provide resources and amenities to assure all are welcome and can fully utilize The Pointes at Cedar.

The committee will meet next on February 16, 2022.

Board & Commission Updates

The City Council approved a request for a 200-unit multi-family residential project known as Monticello Lakes, proposed in the southeast corner of The Pointes at Cedar. Construction of the project is anticipated to begin in early 2022. There was no other formal City board or commission activity on The Pointes for the month of December.

General Project Updates

City staff and project consultants from WSB and NAC meet each month to work through a variety of planning and design topics related to the next phase of work on The Pointes. WSB is consultant for the grading, park and open space, and landscaping; NAC is the consultant for The Pointes Small Area Plan and The Pointes Zoning Ordinance. The joint meetings allow for communication on the work of the Compass Committee and Zoning Work Group. This month, the staff and consultant team discussed the December 15 Compass Committee meeting, utility relocation coordination, and opportunities for additional public engagement.

Apr 13

The Pointes at Cedar Project Updates - January 2022

Posted to What's the Pointe? on April 13, 2022 at 8:11 AM by Haley Foster

The Pointes at Cedar Project Update: January 2022 Recap 

The Pointes at Cedar Project kicked off the new year with a lot of brainstorming, teamwork, and discussion. Our teams discussed activities, design elements, and the physical building characteristics of The Pointes. Now that our committees have a more developed concept, we’re ready to bring those ideas to you!

Stay Up-to-Date and Share Your Ideas!

We want to hear your ideas for how The Pointes’ public spaces will look and feel. City representatives will be at the MonticellGLOW Parade on Saturday, Feb. 26, and at the Indoor Farmers Market on Saturday, March 12 to hear more from the community on activities and design elements for the park spaces within the project. The Pointes at Cedar project page will also have opportunities to share your ideas and offer feedback on the project as it progresses – stay tuned for those updates!

Zoning Work GroupThe Pointes Drawing

The Zoning Work Group is charged with supporting the development of a zoning ordinance specific to The Pointes at Cedar. Zoning provides the standards for the types of uses and site design that will occur in the project area.

The Work Group met Tuesday, Dec. 28 and Tuesday, Jan. 4 to identify specific characteristics for building materials, landscaping, signage, and design for the private development areas at The Pointes. The characteristics outlined are reflective of the three biomes in The Pointes – north, central, and south. The group stressed that the characteristics should be a guide and provide development flexibility in the final design. The Work Group also expressed thoughts on the review process for projects proposed for The Pointes.

The group met again on February 7 at 5 p.m. at the Monticello Community Center. The Zoning Ordinance Work Group includes a City Council, Planning Commission, and PARC representative. All of the board representatives are also Monticello residents. A property owner from The Pointes area is also a member of the group. An upcoming joint Planning Commission and City Council workshop is planned to review the work to-date.


The Pointes at Cedar NewsflashCompass Committee 

The Compass Committee is helping create and guide the public spaces at The Pointes. The Committee is made up of a cross-section of Monticello community members.

The Compass Committee has not met since the time of the December Pointes’ update. They will meet next on February 16 at 5 p.m. at the Monticello Community Center. The next Compass Committee meeting will be focused on prioritizing the committee’s ideas for places, activities, and programs that will make The Pointes a welcoming place for the entire community.

Oct 13

Volunteer Opportunity: Help Us Make 'Chelsea Commons' A Reality

Posted to Community & Economic Development on October 13, 2021 at 6:27 PM by Haley Foster

Chelsea Groups VolunteerAs we work to make the Vision for Chelsea Commons a reality, we need your help! We’re looking for residents to participate in two working groups responsible for shaping components of the plan area.


Open Space Proposal Review Team

The City has requested proposals for the design of the first phase of public spaces and landscaping at Chelsea Commons. The proposal review team will evaluate the proposals submitted by consulting firms and assist in recommending consulting teams for interview and selection by the City Council. If you’re interested in landscaping, park, and open space planning; this is a great opportunity! You’ll be helping select a team to guide this portion of the project! The team will meet approximately three times within a 3-week period between Oct. 25 and Nov. 15, 2021. The review team has an opening for one community member-at-large. To volunteer, please send an email to community.development@ci.monticello.mn.us with your name, address, and a short description of why you’re interested in serving no later than October 25, 2021. If you have any relevant background in landscape architecture or open space planning, please let us know.


Zoning Code Work Group

As a public-private venture, the character and quality of the private commercial and residential projects will have a big impact on the final project outcome. The City is forming a Zoning Ordinance Work Group to help define the uses that best fit the area, along with the best practices for building materials, landscaping, signage, and other site design requirements. If you’re interested in site planning, architecture, and urban design; the Zoning Work Group is an opportunity to share your thoughts for Chelsea Commons. The group will meet approximately four to five times between October and January 2021. The Zoning Working Group has an opening for one community member-at-large.  

If you’re interested in serving, please send an email to community.development@ci.monticello.mn.us with your name, address, and a short description of why you’re interested in serving no later than October 25, 2021.  If you have any relevant background in urban planning or zoning, please share that information in your email.