Minutes- 2/13/12
Thursday, April 19, 2012 11:50 AM

District 10 Land Use Plan Ad Hoc Committee
Monday, February 13, 2012
Street Car Station

Present: Chris Harkness, Jessica Bronk, Josh Williams, Bill Sylvester, Curtis Stock, Jill Dent, Tom Eyre

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:09 p.m.

Minutes of the previous meeting, 1/9/12, were reviewed and approved on a motion by Curtis Stock and seconded by Jill Dent.

Committee Charter: Jessica Bronk presented a draft of a committee charter. She explained the charter defines the committee’s purpose and how that purpose will be achieved. Josh Williams asked for clarification on whether the goal was a new district plan or to amend the current plan. Chris Harkness explained that the original intent of the committee was to update the Midway Parkway-West Como Small Area Plan and the scope was subsequently expanded and to include the District 10 Land Use Plan with the idea that the relevant ideas in the older small area plan, as well as the findings of the recent Lexington/Larpenteur Node Design Plan ad hoc committee, could be incorporated in the revised district plan. Discussion ensued around what types of issues that can be addressed in a small area plan versus a district plan. Mr. Williams explained that often it is a matter of scale; some issues addressed in a small area plan can be generalized in a district plan. Other times, issues specific to an area with unique characteristics require a small area plan. Mr. Williams noted the small area plan process requires the committee to have a member of the Planning Commission as co-chair. Bill Sylvester raised his concern that the Midway Parkway-West Como Small Area Plan covers an area of District 10 with different needs than the rest of the district. It has a number of large institutions and the homes are older and smaller. He does not want to see this plan decommissioned as had been recommended by the city staff.

A change to make the proposed wording in the Purpose section more open ended was offered by Jill Dent. The new wording (in italics) would be “The committee will review these documents and current input from stakeholders to determine their relevance and, if needed, update and create new plans that will guide future development and maintain or improve the quality of life for residents and businesses.” The changed wording was moved and seconded. Motion carried.

A change to the wording of the Deliverables section to allow for the possibility of continuing the current small area plan and the possibility of recommending a new Lexington/Larpenteur small area plan was offered by Mr. Sylvester. The new wording (in italics) would be “The goal will be to compile an up-to-date district land use plan that will be adopted into the City’s comprehensive plan, and to provide a recommendation to the City on how/whether we wish to proceed with any small area plans. The plan and recommendation will provide the City with the vision, policy priorities and strategies we want to guide growth, investment and development in our District 10.” The changed wording was moved and seconded. Motion carried.

A motion to approve the ad hoc committee charter with wording changes was made by Mr. Sylvester and seconded by Mr. Stock. The motion carried.

Lexington/Larpenteur Node Study Update: Mr. Williams reported that node design charrette was never officially adopted at the City. City staff is, however, aware of the study and District 10’s response to it. We can incorporate the findings of the Lexington/Larpenteur ad hoc committee in our district plan, but he also said this might be area where area plan could be appropriate.

Issues Matrix: Mr. Williams has started an issues matrix document with a list of the issues we initially identified as concerns we want to address. He explained that some of our concerns can be better addressed in ways other than the district plan. He will flesh out this document in the coming days and send a copy to Ms. Bronk for distribution to the committee.

Sub Committees: Ms. Harkness raised the question of how to analyze the content in the plans. Should we assign the respective plans to small groups to analyze or address each plan altogether? The suggestion was made to look at separate issues across all the documents. After discussion it was decided the group would analyze each plan and identify items based on relevancy to our current needs and also place them in categories according to the District and Small Area Plan Guidelines (page 11): Land use –zoning recommendations, land use vision, priorities; Transportation; Parks and Recreation; Housing; Water Resources; Historic Preservation and Other.

Before the next meeting committee members will review the 2006 District 10 Land Use Plan using the criteria state above.

Other Discussion: The committee would like to understand more about zoning the implications zoning changes have on neighborhoods and businesses. Mr. Williams will look for resources and learning opportunities for us.

Next meeting: The next District 10 Land Use Plan ad hoc committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12, at the Historic Streetcar Station.

Meeting adjourned: 8:40 p.m.

Future Meetings: The second Monday of each month.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Harkness, committee chair.

These minutes are not official until approved.

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