Minutes 7/2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010 7:55 AM


District 10 Land Use Committee
Java Train, 7/12/2010
Meeting attendance: Chris Harkness, Linda Hinderscheit, Bill Sylvester, Panod Klongtruatroke
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.
Minutes of the 6/7/2010 meeting were approved with the following change: Under the “Variance Requests” section, the last sentence of the first paragraph was changed from “The Land Use Committee does not oppose granting the variance,” to “The Land Use Committee has decided not to take any action.”
Review of Recent Events:
Hot Rod Show: The noise from running car engines and owners woke up multiple residents along Midway Parkway as the cars began lining up at 4:00 a.m. to enter the Fairgrounds at 6:00 a.m. on Friday and 4:30 on Saturday. This is the first time cars have lined up along Midway Parkway to enter the Fairgrounds. They did not have a parade permit. There were police cars present to control other traffic. Panod Klongtruatroke suggested contacting the MN hot rod association directly to express our concerns and to get information from them regarding the change from previous years. Chris Harkness will do so. After obtaining more information, the Land Use committee will likely draft an action item to be taken to the District Council Board at a future meeting.
Hmong Sports Festival: Linda Hinderscheit noted that she heard the amplified sports announcer in her backyard near Lexington and Larpenteur (approximately a mile north of the event at McMurray Fields). She contacted Councilmember Lee Helgen who responded that he will report her concern at a future meeting reviewing the event. Rhonda DeBough asked for neighborhood feedback. We will ask her what feedback she received and decide how to follow up on this. We may want to discuss this with the Lao Family directly. We may also want to work more closely with the District 6 Council on this issue.
Midway Parkway West Como Small Area Plan: The current small area plan was written in 1997. The city has requested that we update it. Panod Klongtruatroke suggested surveying the neighborhood, asking residents of the area to review the old plan (posted on the District 10 website) and make suggestions. The area has many public facilities and events, which affect the area greatly, especially during the summer months. Linda Hinderscheit suggested that we survey the neighborhood for suggestions as soon after summer as possible. September was suggested as a good target date. We need to also review the current plan to determine which recommendations in the plan have been accomplished and which have not. The city is developing a new template and informational materials for small area plans.
MGM-Walgreens: John Kohler contacted Chris Harkness and reported that he would not have any materials ready for review at tonight’s Land Use Committee meeting. He reported that an architect for Walgreens will visit the site this week. David Aronow and Emily Sherman of Edina Realty have indicated that they are willing to review how property values in the immediate residential area would be affected by the Walgreens development, including the renovation of the homes currently owned by MGM. However, they will need to see the 3D drawings of the Walgreens site in order to make an accurate appraisal. Bill Sylvester suggested that we should have more than one group of realtors do this analysis. Jon Knox has also contacted the Mary and Jim Sommerfield, also with Edina Realty.
Lexington Larpenteur Node Plan ad hoc Committee: The official decommission of the ad hoc committee was not recorded in the minutes of the last District Council Board meeting, so it needs to be an item on the agenda for the next meeting.
New Business: 
Open seat on the Council: Matt Schmitt of Sub-district 2 is moving. His seat will be open. Panod Klongtruatroke suggested that the seat remain open until the Council election is held in the fall.
Shalom Home: A purchase agreement has been offered and accepted, but the process is still in the due diligence phase and the buyers at this point can still back out without penalty. The prospective developers’ plans are unclear at this time. Senior housing or high-end apartments have both been discussed. There may be a couple small retail establishments on the first floor, facing Snelling. Parking is a concern for the developers as well as for the neighborhood. The developers have been quoted in print that they realize they need to work closely with the neighborhood as the property is developed.
Upcoming meeting: August 9, 2010, location to be determined pending notice of new plans from Semper Development, MGM or Walgreens.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
These minutes are not official until approved.
Linda R. Hinderscheit, Committee member

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