I am utterly disgusted and whole heartedly disappointed as an environmentalist and concerned citizen that has lived in EP for 16 years on the unanimous decision you made last night without taking into account all the data, comments and research presented to allow an Environmental study is beyond disgusting to me.
I grew up in MPLS and decided to raise our family out here because of the close connection to history, nature and the environment. The Developments in the last 10 years has been running rampant in Eden Prairie. There is less and less prairie and more and more concrete.
We have felt like the Miller Spring is a sacred gift given to this land and the bounty is a gift to so many people from near and far. If you study the watershed and how it runs and how these water tables are impacted with the steep slope decline down to the Miller Spring the data will show the impacts a development will have.
The Development will have critical impact on the well being of the area, the water stream and the spring. I am in complete disbelief that you would allow a greedy decision to move forward for this developer and take away any cultural, historical, and environmental significance this land has here.
I follow the mindset that we pay it seven generations forward. What are we leaving for our future? What are you approving this for? A growing population? Right now our cities highest density population is the Boomers. I understand you are trying to create housing for the retiring age, but have you also looked at how unreasonable your housing costs are becoming?
In 10-15 years when the Boomers begin passing on, you are left with a dense overload of expensive houses that younger generations cannot afford. What an oversight.
The affordable housing is so out of range for people, that you are not creating a pathway to diversity, but a homogenous mix of upper class. This development is set to attend the needs of the $600K-$800K range. Do you know how many people would like to live here and send their kids to school, but the pathway and voting you are taking are shutting them out. This is just another decision building upon that.
The people are going to put in every effort to take action against this. The natural resources are worth way more than the money the developers are going to make off this precious and sacred land.
GROSS. None of you will be getting my vote.
Vanessa Nordstrom, Eden Prairie
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