2.4.1 Present Land Use

The predominant land use in the subwatershed is vacant or undetermined, followed by park and open space and agricultural (see Figure 7).  Much of the vacant land is large wetland or woodland tracts.  Most of the impervious area is concentrated in a few areas of low-density residential development and part of the city of Maple Plain.   Some large agricultural uses remain in the lower subwatershed, while the upper subwatershed is dominated by Baker Park Reserve.

Table 1.  Percent of Painter Creek subwatershed by 2000 land use.

Land Use 2000

Acres

% of Subwatershed

Vacant or Undetermined

   3,915.8

45.2%

Parks and Open Space

   1,617.6

18.7%

Agricultural

   1,509.9

17.4%

Single - Family Residential

   1,089.7

12.6%

Water

      395.7

4.6%

Institutional

       51.3

0.6%

Industrial

       38.0

0.4%

Roads and Highways

       25.1

0.3%

Commercial

       17.6

0.2%

Multi - Family Residential

         9.0

0.1%

 

8,218.4

 

Source: Metropolitan Council.   See Figure 7.