Tamarack Farm Estates is one of Lake Elmo’s earliest conservation developments. It is a compact community that offers a strong neighborhood appeal while maintaining its rural character. The Minnesota Land Trust monitors the Conservation easement annually to ensure that the land continues to be used for wildlife habitat and low-impact recreation.
Bordered by 50th Street to the south, the development was designed to buffer the neighborhood from street traffic by taking advantage of natural screening provided by rolling hills and existing woodlands. Existing trees were retained where possible and additional trees were planted on the site. Much of the topography was preserved in a natural state to minimize the impact on protected spaces and the design maintains an existing bog and further preserving a protected easement area. The design also fosters a strong sense of neighborhood interaction with a central open space that includes a playground that was built by the community’s own residents in a cooperative effort.