CAC Meeting 9-11-08

By admin, September 9, 2008 12:31 am

Minnehaha-Hiawatha Strategic Development Framework
CAC Meeting Notes
Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Ave. South

11 September 2008 / 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Attendees: Jamie Buss, Sam Newberg, Greg Toltzman, Karl Stoerzinger, Dan Swenson; unable to attend were Judy Corrao, Steve Krause, and Lisa Middag. Guests: Patrick Connoy, Hennepin County project manager; Brad Scheib, HKGi project team; Paul Mogush, Minneapolis Planning; and Anne Carroll, HKGi project team.

1.     Welcome and convene: Patrick Connoy

2.     Introductions/reintroductions of everyone

3.     Review agenda

4.     As needed: Review CAC norms

5.     Presentation and discussion: Progress update on HKGi’s data analysis/overview work, including link to process and CAC role, Brad Scheib, HKGi.

  • (See Process Graphic.) HKGi presented the process graphic prepared as a tool to help visualize the connection between the various phases of work. Since the start up of the project, HKGi has been collecting background information within the project area, focusing on quantitative data. The current thinking of the project team is to organize the data into a series of categories: natural systems (watershed, landscape ecology, urban forest, topography), development patterns (lot, block, street grid, infrastructure and buildings), mobility (traffic-auto-truck-bus-pedestrian-bike), economic systems (businesses, jobs, goods and services, tax base), and social-cultural (demographics, history, arts and entertainment, education).
  • Most of these data are readily available through local and regional data sources, or have been gathered and developed through past planning efforts. Our efforts are focused on coalescing all of the data into one place, determining what is most relevant and presenting it in a way that helps the project team and CAC in assessing past, present and future progress in the corridor. There will be some field work that the project team will be doing to complete this data compilation, essentially filling in the gaps.
  • From there, the project team will be organizing the data around a series of community indicators in order to identify key issues, assess what’s working well and what needs more work. Based on this assessment, strategic initiatives and directions can be developed that will form the development framework.
  • HKGi also provided a table of all the documents reviewed, which are going up on the website and will be updated over time. This table presented is a work in progress. CAC members were encouraged to share additional plans, studies or initiatives with the project team. The intent of this table is to bring as many of the relevant background plans and studies into one common location.
  • These plans have been key in formulating the categories that will help organize the presentation of qualitative and quantitative data collected in the corridor. Of particular importance in the process has been Access Minneapolis, the various neighborhood plans and station area plans, and the past and current “Minneapolis Plan,” or the City of Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan.

6.    Presentation and discussion: Local planning and regulatory context, connected to CAC role and overall process: Paul Mogush, Minneapolis Planning Department and Technical Advisory Committee member.

  • The Minneapolis Plan provides the broadest and most comprehensive look, with additional detail provided by small area plans (for this area, station area master plans), and then zoning plans. There are also topical plans around things like transportation, industrial lands, housing, and so forth. What happens as a result of this project must be consistent with existing plans, or those plans must be changed or updated.
  • See Mogush handout, draft Map-1-2d, future land use, south. This reflects full implementation of the plan as currently defined. Each of the designated land uses is guided by policies that guide what happens there and what steps the city will take to help achieve that; see handout, Transit Station Area policies.
  • Station Area Plans provide more detailed guidance and direction for area development; these lay the groundwork for subsequent zoning changes, but don’t in themselves make the changes. In this area because of the LRT opening, the city also quickly enacted a Pedestrian-Oriented Zoning Overlay District, that among other things prohibited additional auto-oriented development such as drive-throughs of various kinds.
  • Included in this overall effort is to consider the extent to which any of the existing plans and regulations should be reconsidered in light of direction provided by the product of this project, the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Corridor Strategic Development Framework.

7.      Updates, new community input, upcoming input sessions:

  • Results, National Night Out on August 5: CAC reflections, comments
  • Longfellow Corn Feed results: CAC reflections, comments
  • Results, web survey input through 8 September 2008
  • Upcoming input sessions:
  • Farmers Market input (Karl Stoerzinger): Scheduled for 20 Sept; CAC members will help
  • Business input via Lake Street Council and Longfellow Business Association (Steve Krause, Dan Swenson): Steve will arrange this through the Lake Street Council’s executive committee
  • Neighborhood Development Caucus (LCC)-hosted input session (Greg Toltzman and Anne Carroll): This is being scheduled probably in the first half of November; date arrangements being made by LCC staff member Kim Jakus; announcements will be made at corridor-area annual meetings, web pages, newspapers, etc.
  • Homeowners/housing advocates (Greg Toltzman, Lisa Middag): With the corridor mailing and other input opportunities attracting homeowners, they will focus on renters
  • Faith communities (Anne Carroll): Anne is presenting to Minneapolis Synod members in mid-September and will see the assistance hosting input sessions
  • Corridor resident mailing and list availability (Patrick Connoy): Still attempting to gather suitable address information
  • Blast email to everyone from whom we have an email address (Anne, Patrick): will be done by mid-September
  • Community councils’ annual meetings this fall:
  • SENA’s meeting is 15 September; Sam Newberg will arrange for someone to mention the project, website, and have copies of the survey/info flyer available for people to complete;
  • Corcoran’s meeting: Date not yet available but Karl Stoerzinger will do the same
  • LCC’s meeting is 22 October; Ed Leaf will do the same

8.      Other issues, ideas, opportunities, or recommendations from CAC members

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