On May 10, Ramsey County filed a lawsuit against the City of Arden Hills seeking to dissolve the Joint Development Board and to terminate the 2012 Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between the city and the county. The JPA outlined the respective roles and responsibilities of the city and county in jointly redeveloping the Twin Cities Army
Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) site.
The response from city officials is as
“The city is disappointed that rather than reengaging in direct negotiations with the city that the county unilaterally ended last year, the county has now chosen to sue the city to terminate the 2012 Joint Powers Agreement and dissolve the Joint Development Board.”
“The county’s lawsuit also makes it clear that the county no longer wishes to be bound by the jointly drafted Master Plan that the county previously twice approved, most recently in 2016. The city remains committed to pursuing the redevelopment of the property as soon as possible.”
The city continues its efforts to attempt to get the county to resume communication, so that the TCAAP development is not further delayed. In these regards, the city is acting in good faith and fair dealing
• The city continues to attend and participate in scheduled JDA meetings, although the county has not attended a meeting since February 4 of this year.
• The city recently approved a contract with Kimley-Horn to begin the update process for the TCAAP/Rice Creek Commons final Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) and final mitigation plan. On July 28, 2014, the City Council adopted the Final AUAR for the TCAAP project. Under Minnesota Rules, an AUAR must be updated every five years, regardless of the activity on the site, until all the development in the area has been approved.
To review previous city news reports about the TCAAP redevelopment, visit cityofardenhills.org/TCAAPnews.