Avienda Update

The proposed Avienda Master Plan.

The large multi-use development Avienda continues to rework its plans.

The 118-acre project, at Highway 212 and Powers Boulevard, will hold retail space, multiple types of housing, restaurants and offices.

A concept plan was approved by the Chanhassen City Council in November 2016, although the development has yet to break ground and has submitted several updated documents for additional approval.

In its July 13 meeting, the City Council approved a rezoning amendment which would add more green space, modify retail locations, increase housing units from 20 to 30% and eliminate some roads to make it more pedestrian-friendly.

The amendment will also rezone the subdivision to 19 lots instead of 17, with an additional three outlots.

Grading and construction were supposed to begin this summer, but COVID-19 has put plans on hold, according to documents submitted by Landform and Level 7 Development. Phase 1 will begin in late summer/fall of this year, or early spring 2021.

Avienda developers did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Avienda is tentatively divided into five sub-districts: retail, the village, mixed-use, multi-family and low-density residential.

The village will be the highest density district, while mixed-use will hold smaller-scale retail, hospitality and medical/technology businesses. Multi-family will hold more high-density senior or rental apartments, and low density residential is for small lot homes.

Currently, the only prohibited businesses are anything auto-related, like gas stations or tire repairs. Avienda can also only hold one hotel, and is limited to four drive-thrus.

The project will construct four public roads — Bluff Creek Boulevard, Avienda Parkway, Sunset Trail and Mills Drive.

Avienda will submit its final plat for Phase 1 on Aug. 12, with the council vote on Sept. 28. Any additional proposed developments or plans for the site must come through the city process again for approval.