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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Project Bigfoot & the Future of UMore: Open House Recap

Project Bigfoot Open House with bigfoot icon and information

Nearly 70 residents attended an Open House on Wednesday, November 15 to learn more about the proposed data center known as Project Bigfoot. Officials from the City, the University of Minnesota, Xcel Energy, and Bigfoot were on hand to share information and answer questions. Thirteen informative boards were on display to help offer information covering the proposed project, the history of UMore land, current development guidelines from the City and the University, and future planning. Each board can be accessed below, along with supporting information that was offered on Wednesday night. 

Handouts from 11/15/23

The Winding Path of City Planning and Community Development (PDF) - article originally printed in October 2023 City News 

About Code Names: Demystifying Development (PDF) - article originally printed in January 2023 City News

Display Boards from 11/15/23

Land Use Poster for Rosemount MN

Rosemount Land Use Poster (PDF)

The City’s Land Use Plan shows how UMore Park and the surrounding land fits into the City’s future development plans. This plan guides development opportunities as they arise. While this helps to set the stage for the future, it does not force any outcome. The site of the proposed Project Bigfoot is zoned for Business Park.

Future infrastructure planning for Rosemount, MN

Rosemount Ultimate Water System Map (PDF)

This Ultimate Water System Map shows how the City has planned for its water supply and storage systems to support growth within the City. These systems are modeled and laid out with the types of developments and intensities forecasted in the City’s Land Use Plan, including the use of the Project Bigfoot land area as business park/light industrial. Water infrastructure facilities contemplated by the plan will be able to meet the anticipated use by Project Bigfoot and any future projects in this area without modification.

Amber Fields Master Plan showing the plan for full buildouts in the area

Amber Fields Master Plan (PDF)

This map shows the layout of the Amber Fields development, located west of DCTC at the southwest corner of Akron Avenue and County Road 42. This construction site was the first portion of UMore Park to be sold by the University for development. This subdivision will ultimately contain nearly 2,000 housing units of various sizes and a small commercial segment at the intersection of Akron/County Road 42.

Amber Fields Park Plan with park insets

Amber Fields Park Amenities Detail (PDF) 

This graphic shows park amenities that will be included with the ultimate build-out of the Amber Fields development. The developer has submitted initial draft plans of several of the amenities for detailed City review and will be constructing these projects as Amber Fields develops.

Pickleball and Dog Park Plan for Amber Fields area

Rosemount Pickleball and Dog Park Plan (PDF)

The City started a project to construct a Pickleball and Dog Park on the east side of Akron Avenue just south of the existing UMore ball fields complex. Expected to partially open in 2024, the initial facility will include twelve pickleball courts, with the ability to increase to eighteen. The project will also feature a fenced space for dogs to play off-leash, and trail connections through the park as part of the Vermillion Highlands Regional Trail system.

UMore History

History of UMore Park (PDF) - courtesy of University of Minnesota

UMore and Vermillion Highlands

UMore Park and Vermillion Highlands Overview Map (PDF) - courtesy of University of Minnesota

More information (QR code link): About UMore Park

UMore Remedial Investigation Results

UMore Park Remedial Investigation Results (PDF) - courtesy of University of Minnesota

More information (QR code link): Online Environmental Information Repository

UMore Areas Identified for Development

UMore Development Plans by the University (PDF) - courtesy of University of Minnesota

Bigfoot Landscape proposal full color

Project Bigfoot Proposed Landscape Plan (PDF) - courtesy of Project Bigfoot

street view of Project Bigfoot (proposed)

Project Bigfoot Proposed Street View 1 (image)

street view of Project Bigfoot (proposed)

Project Bigfoot Proposed Street View 2 (image)

Next Steps

The Planning Commission will review the proposal from Project Bigfoot and hold a public hearing on Nov 28.  They will tentatively make a final recommendation to the City Council prior to their meeting on December 5. All meetings are televised on local cable and streamed live on the City's YouTube page

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