Minutes 12/2010
Thursday, January 6, 2011 7:40 PM

Land Use Committee Minutes

December 20, 2010

Java Train


Members Present: Chris Harkness, Bill Sylvester,


Others Present: D10 Community Council Board Vice Chair Panod Klongtruatroke,  Jeanne Weigum, Bernadett Chlebeck, Rossie Anderson-Howze, Steve Finnegan, Sue Gunderson


Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.


Approval of Minutes:  The minutes of the 11/18/10 meeting were approved.


Chair Report: Delores Rufenacht and Chris Harkness have been in contact with a couple of different art groups concerning the possibility of leasing space in the Sholom Home. The home does not work for either group but one group has expressed interest in leasing space in the school at Holy Childhood and has also inquired about leasing the fire station at the Sholom site. Chris forwarded the fire station request to Jon Knox (Sholom Ad Hoc Committee chair.)


Chris exchanged emails with D6 Community Organizer Kerry Antrim concerning working together on common concerns. Kerry expressed desire to keep the lines of communication open. Chris also received a packet of guidelines for Small Area Plans from City Planner Merritt Clap-Smith. This is will be very helpful as we look at updating the West Como Midway Parkway Small Area Plan.


Mothers Against Tobacco presentation: Rossie Anderson-Howze presented a proposal to regulated the signs businesses put inside their windows. Mothers Against Tobacco and Scenic St Paul are concerned that businesses are allowed to cover too much of their windows with signs that impede visibility, causing safety hazards and eyesores in St Paul’s communities. While many cities and some districts do have sign restrictions, the city of St Paul does not regulated signs displayed in windows. The groups are asking district councils for input and support. Java Train owner Steve Finnegan expressed disagreement with the proposal. He believes the city should not place such restrictions on businesses and that this proposal would place an undue hardship on businesses. The committee will read the material in the provided packets and seek input from neighborhood businesses and residents. The groups plan to bring their proposed resolution to the City Council in February under the sponsorship of Councilmember David Thune.


Chelsea Heights Playground CIB proposal:  Sue Gunderson and Steve Finnegan described the Chelsea Heights PTO vision for improving the school’s playground and field area. The group has broadened the scope of the plan to improve the entire block by including more natural features in the play area, landscaping and possibly an outdoor classroom. In addition to seeking CIB funding they will also be requesting grants from other sources. The committee commends their efforts and voted to offer preliminary support, but would like to see a more concrete plan with itemized costs and a timeline.


CIB representatives:  To date five individuals have expressed interest: Marsha Milgrom, Greg Lauer, Dennis O’Rourke, Ron Edlund, Gordon Strom.


Review of charter and current year work plan: Reviewed the 2009 Land Use Charter and proposed generalizing the language to make it appropriate for any year. Distributed the work plan to be reviewed before the January 10 meeting. Bill Sylvester suggested the committee request funds be budgeted for neighborhood flyers. Another goal should be that Land Use have an email list of D10 businesses and block clubs so we could target specific neighborhoods with issues that directly affect them.


Additionally, meeting dates were discussed. Pending Board approval, after January, Land Use meetings will move to the Monday before the Wednesday of the Executive Council meetings. This should help streamline and reduce the time it takes to move issues through the community review processes.


Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.


Next meeting:  The next Land Use committee meeting will be held on Monday, January 10, 2010 at Java Train.


Minutes recorded by Chris Harkness, committee chair.


These minutes are not official until approved.

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