Flood property deed restrictions approved

Published 10:49 am Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Austin City Council continued its flood mitigation efforts Monday with plans to buy three more flood properties while restricting future development on others.

The council approved deed restrictions on the flood properties to restrict future development.



As part of the recent Minnesota Department of Natural Resources grants that the city received for six Turtle Creek properties and one Dobbins Creek property, the city is required to place deed restrictions on the property to restrict future development.

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“When we purchase flood homes using DNR funds we are required to put deed restrictions on that property,” Public Works Director Steven Lang said in the meeting.

Under the restrictions, the property “cannot be sold, mortgaged, encumbered or otherwise disposed of without the approval of the Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget.”

The Austin City Council still has a few flood properties to look into. Though the city has acquired much of Austin’s flood-prone property as part of its flood mitigation efforts in recent years, city staff have found more properties to buy in southeast Austin.

The city will also buy 404 and 406 Seventh St. SE and 409 Eighth St. SE to tear down the buildings on those properties as part of its flood mitigation efforts. There’s no word on when each property will be torn down.

Deed restrictions

The following is a list of properties along the Turtle and Dobbins Creeks, owned by the city that have deed restrictions.

Turtle Creek:

•504 21st Street SW

•508 21st Street SW

•1403 12th Street SW

•1600 Sixth Street SW

•1204 15th Avenue SW

•1700 Fourth Street SW

Dobbins Creek:

•1205 Fourth Avenue SE