Lake Elmo’s population won’t have to triple by 2030, Met Council say
A cloud over Lake Elmo’s future will soon be lifted.
Under a proposal expected to be approved soon, the Metropolitan Council will suspend a controversial order that the city of 8,000 people triple its population by 2030.
“I feel great about this,” Mayor Mike Pearson said Monday. “This means that once again we are in charge of our own destiny.”
When the order is canceled, he said, the city will be able to grow at its own pace, the way other cities do.
“We are going to grow, but it is no longer a contractual obligation,” he said.
At first, Lake Elmo officials chafed under the 2005 order, saying the growth targets were unrealistic.
“It mandated growth and really put us under the microscope,” city administrator Dean Zuleger said.
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