Minutes 11/20
Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:15 PM

Land Use Committee

November 8, 2010

Java Train


Members Present: Chris Harkness, Linda Hinderscheit, Bill Sylvester, Sally Worku


Others Present: Betsy Wehrwein, D10 Community Council Board member


Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m.


Approval of Minutes:  The minutes of the 9/13/10 meeting were clarified and approved.

   The minutes of the 10/11/10 meeting were approved.


MGM/Walgreens: No additional information has been obtained regarding the MGM/Walgreens development proposal (at Lexington and Larpenteur).


Sholom Home Redevelopment: The most recent Sholom Home redevelopment proposal (at Midway Parkway and Snelling) fell through and the property is now back on the market.  The most recent proposal for redevelopment into an apartment complex was not economically feasible and there were parking concerns.


State Fair 2010:  At the 9/13/10 Land Use meeting we discussed concerns regarding bike-ped cabs and vendors/peddlers operating in the neighborhood during the State Fair.  Rhonda DeBough, who was the D10 Community Organizer at that time, indicated that she would ask an intern to research St. Paul’s regulations regarding peddlers and bike/ped cabs and that these would be posted on the D10 website before next year’s State Fair.


Rhonda has since left the position of Community Organizer.  Chris will follow up with D10 staff to make sure this information is obtained and posted for community reference.


Issues of Common Concern with District 6:  This will be an agenda item for the next D10 Land Use meeting.


Midway Parkway-West Como Small Area Plan: We need to solicit the involvement of the community to identify the issues to be addressed in the plan. Sally suggested that we organize block leaders in this area and encourage them to discuss the issues of people in their immediate neighborhoods. The block leaders would then bring the issues to the Land Use Committee.  These issues would then serve as the basis for the update of the Midway Parkway-West Como Small Area plan.


Chris will ask Merrit Clapp-Smith of the Department of Planning and Economic Development clarifying questions about the status of the 2006 District 10 Land Use Plan within the city’s planning structure and how she wants us to present the issues we identify for the update of the small area plan.   Chris will respond to the June letter.


Once we have identified the issues to be addressed in the revised small area plan, the Land Use Committee will present an action item to the D10 Council.  The D10 Council will then request the assistance of St. Paul’s Department of Planning and Economic Development in the development of the plan.


Land Use Committee members should read the existing Midway Parkway-West Como Small Area Plan before our next meeting. We need to determine which issues identified in that plan remain a concern to the community.


New Business:  Betsy led us in a discussion of the Como Park Transportation Implementation Plan proposal.  The City Council will discuss the proposed plan on November 17, 2010.


Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.


Next meeting:  The next Land Use committee meeting will be held on Monday, December 13, 2010 at Java Train.


Minutes recorded by Linda R. Hinderscheit, committee member


These minutes are not official until approved.

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