Jan 15, 2013 at 8:00 am
The city of Grand Forks may be ready to tinker with a requirement that developers set aside eight percent of the land in new developments for park space. Critics say the mandate combined with new federal requirements for construction of storm water ponds reduces the amount of buildable land and drives up the costs of each new home. Grand Forks Councilman Doug Christensen told members of the Finance Committee that in some cases the requirement is a failed experiment.
Grand Forks Park Director John Staley says a review of the policy is good but neighborhood parks are more than just recreation and can increase economic development.
The Park District and Grand Forks Planning Department will inventory all green space around the city.