Client DJP Properties
Location Cold Spring, Minnesota
Scope 160-acre, multi-phased, single- and multi-family subdivision on chain of lakes

River Links Residential Development, Phase 2

Project Details

Westwood’s Role

  • Master Planning
  • Surveying
  • Engineering
  • Construction Staking
  • Environmental


River Links is a development whose success is measured in the number of lots sold during a very difficult market. Granite outcroppings benefit the area with beautiful sight lines and natural park-like features. 

Designing for Property Value

Existing and neighboring site features required careful design and building elevation requirements to ensure that lots retained the highest possible value. The longevity of the project demanded patience and diligence as regulations and city codes changed over time.

Subdividing the property involved identifying and clarifying adjoining private property boundaries due to the historic nature of the legal descriptions. The site is part of the Sauk River flowage area and portions of the property that were once “dry” are now part of the Chain of Lakes. Resolving the final plat required collaborative efforts between Westwood, the owners, the county, and the City of Cold Spring.

Because the River Links Development is located on the Chain of Lakes, the entire project area was within a Shoreland Management Overlay District. It was challenging to comply with the Shoreland Management Overlay District requirements and still meet the developer's goals and create high-value shoreland lots. The Shoreland Management regulations required complicated lot size and impervious surface calculations for each of the different allowable lot size tiers. The approved design provided desirable lakeshore lots and quality interior lots while meeting all the more stringent development requirements of the Shoreland Overlay District.

While the River Links development presented unique challenges to the surveying and design efforts, collaboration and communication by all of the stakeholders ensured a successful outcome. Positioned between the best of both worlds – lakes and golf courses – River Links is a desirable development for many to call home.