Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

What is an EAW?

An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is a document designed to provide a brief analysis and overview of the potential environmental impacts for a specific project, and consists of a standard list of 31 questions. It is not meant to approve or deny a project, but to guide other approvals and permitting decisions. The information in the EAW process has two functions: to determine whether an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is needed, and to indicate how the project can be modified to lessen its environmental impacts; such modifications may be imposed as permitted conditions by regulatory agencies. EAWs follow requirements in the Minnesota Environmental Protection Act. Note that only certain projects need to go through the EAW process, for specific rules and information please visit the Environmental Quality Board's web page

Recent EAWs

Fields of Winslow Cove

The proposed Fields of Winslow Cove residential development would occupy approximately 236 acres of land located on undeveloped property on either side of Prairie Road NW, generally located to the north of 148th Lane NW and to the south of 154th Lane NW. Fields of Winslow Cove would consist of 385 residential lots including 315 single-family homes and 70 villa units. The proposed development would also include approximately 119 acres of open space for buffers, trails, woodlands, wetlands and storm water basins. A sketch plan for the proposed development was reviewed at the December 1, 2020 City Council meeting. 

Based on the size of the project, State Statute requires an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW). As the Responsible Governmental Unit, the City of Andover is issuing this EAW for the Fields of Winslow Cove which is available for review through the link listed below:

Fields of Winslow Cove - EAW Full Document

The public comment period on this EAW is now closed. The City Council reviewed the EAW at their April 6, 2021 meeting and issued a Negative Declaration of Need for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The record of decision for this EAW can be found by clicking the link below. If you have any questions please contact Planning Department Staff. 

Fields of Winslow Cove - EAW Record of Decision