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May 22, 2020 Friday Report

Post Date:05/22/2020

Temporary Order on Outdoor Dining Areas

City of Eden Prairie logoA temporary order is in effect allowing any Eden Prairie business located in a commercial or industrial zone to establish drive-up or drive-thru areas, customer ordering, waiting or pick-up areas, or customer seating or service areas on its property to facilitate safe commercial activity consistent with federal and state orders or guidelines. The temporary outdoor use can occur in parking areas or green space areas without a variance.

No City permits are required for establishing these customer service areas, but operators must prepare a traffic management plan, and provide on-site traffic and operational management. Customer waiting, seating or service areas must not impede sidewalk usage nor block disabled persons parking spaces or ramps, or create nuisance conditions for abutting properties.

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Public Beaches

The City's public beaches at Riley Lake and Round Lake open Saturday, May 23, with lifeguards on duty and new COVID-19 rules in place. To facilitate appropriate physical distancing, we will supervise the beach area and restrict access to a manageable number of visitors. More information is available at

May 26 Virtual Planning Commission Meeting

To limit the spread of coronavirus, City meetings are being conducted virtually until further notice. If you would like to speak at the public hearing during the May 26 Planning Commission meeting, call 952-949-8300 or submit a Request to Speak form by noon on the meeting date. You will then receive a phone number and access code to participate in the meeting.

Planning Commission meetings are televised live on EPTV, the City's cable government access channel. Meetings are also streamed live at and available on-demand within 24 hours of each meeting.

Online Property Assessments

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eden Prairie's Assessing Division will review data remotely to conduct property inspections until further notice. To meet statutory requirements, while adhering to Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, properties will be reviewed remotely using online mapping and computer-assisted data analysis to conduct annual property reviews. Learn more at

Hennepin County Small Business Relief Program

Through May 29, self-employed entrepreneurs and business owners with no additional employees can apply for grants of $1,500 up to $3,000 to help cover eligible expenses caused by COVID-19. Visit for more information and to apply.

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