Combining the water from Double Ditch (Pepin Creek) and Benson Ditches into a single channel and developing what is now mostly vacant agricultural fields will have an impact on the downstream section (south of Main Street) of Pepin Creek. The new creek corridor is being designed to accommodate that water and new development will need to incorporate state-of-the-art stormwater detention/infiltration facilities within their development. Additionally, the City is undertaking a significant engineering project to stabilize downstream banks prior to new development occurring.
Downstream Hazards Map
Downstream Analysis – Field Collection Report
The most complex component of this project is relocating Pepin Creek and Benson Ditch stream away from the roads into a new corridor located midway between Double Ditch Road and Benson Road. This new channel is being designed to:
- Accommodate most of the existing water currently flowing year-round in roadside ditches,
- Provide improved fish habitat,
- Improve downstream water quality,
- Provide sufficient drainage control to allow development within the sub-area, and
- Be a natural neighborhood amenity that provides bike/pedestrian connectivity and other recreational opportunities for residents.
The city has already acquired a majority of the land where the new corridor will be constructed and is working with a local engineering firm (Reichardt and Ebe) to design the elevations of the new channel and other infrastructure projects.
The culmination of the the Pepin Creek project planning process will be the Pepin Creek Sub-Area Master Plan. This document will integrate the key goals and guiding principles for the long-range development of the new neighborhood. The Master Plan will assess the technical, environmental, and financial planning considerations with public input and design standards to answer the question: “What will this neighborhood look like?”
The Master Plan will:
- Formalize a vision, with development goals of the Pepin Creek Sub-Area that maximizes residential development while optimizing recreational opportunities.
- Provide a detailed phasing plan for the project which addresses the long-term corridor construction and a logical annexation schedule.
- Envision infrastructure needs, recreational opportunities, and neighborhood design features to lay the groundwork for the creation of a desirable and attractive neighborhood.
Once completed and approved this document will provide specific guidelines for the way that future development occurs within the Sub-Area.
The City has contracted Communita atelier to develop this master plan.
Neighborhood Design Considerations