Minutes January 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:50 PM


District 10 Land Use Plan Ad Hoc Committee


Monday, January, 13, 2013


Street Car Station




Present: Chris Harkness, Bill Sylvester, Josh Williams, Dick Dian, Jessica Currier, Kim Moon, Curt Stock




Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.




The December meeting minutes were approved.




Chair report: With regard to recent developments with the South Como residents of District 6 we will proceed with the District 10 plan as we have thus far, taking into consideration the concerns of all of our neighbors. If at some point in the future, District 10’s borders are changed to include the residents of South Como we will add that area to the plan.


Jessica and Chris are proof-reading the District Plan Community Assessment prepared by Intern Theo Woehrle and it should be ready for publication by Friday of this week.


Reiterate the themes and recommendations from Theo’s assessment:


·         Transportation needs—We will find the Park’s transportation plan and review that. And we need to indentify trouble spots. We can look at the raw data from the surveys.


·         Como Park—We will work with Parks and Rec and with the Como Park advisory committee to discuss common issues. Communication and collaboration can benefit both the neighborhood and Como Park.


·         Business development—Might there be an age difference between younger and older as to whether business is desired? We need to find out if people want more/less business in residential areas or more/less business in already commercial areas. If we are going to attract and maintain families for single family homes, we’ll need to ascertain what types of development these folks want. We must find the best places for development.


For example, Larpenteur/Lexington is the ideal residential area and it is being threatened by development, whereas at the intersection of Snelling/Como the right development could be a positive factor. One challenge to consider is how to move buses around that intersection. The Snelling multimodal study is available now. Josh will send it out for us to review. The likelihood of the bridge coming down any time soon is slim, but we should gather community input and take a stand on what we think should happen there in the long term. Can we get funding for a traffic study? Moving utilities, etc?


We should also look for ways to help seniors stay in their homes and neighborhoods.


Eventually, we need a plan to write letters and/or meet with political bodies about our ideas.


Discuss next steps:


·         Getting to the document? Are we there yet? Do we want to start from scratch or use the existing plan as a starting point? Look at the existing plan through the lens of Theo’s report? Are there other issues not reflected in the plan? It was agreed that to start individual members will each take a plan topic and compile the notes recommendations we have on that area so far.




·         Public meeting: Transportation/bus routes and problem intersections (with Neighborhood Safety Committee.) Before we have a public meeting we will need to do some preliminary information gathering. Do the people on Lexington not want the bus as much as the people on Hamline not want the bus? Would people in the Hamline neighborhood ride the bus? Is there a way for the bus to serve potential both Hamline riders and the north Lexington riders?


We should have a separate meeting to discuss bike lanes.


·         Greater community engagement-tabled


·         Reaching people from whom we have not yet heard-tabled


Loose ends from 2012? None indentified.


Next meeting:  The next District 10 Land Use Plan ad hoc committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 11, at the Historic Streetcar Station. We will assign plan topics to individual members and we will discuss ways to get input from more District 10 stakeholders as well as how to get the information we need about bus routes.




Meeting adjourned: 8:51 p.m. 




Future Meetings: The second Monday of each month.




Respectfully submitted by Chris Harkness, committee chair.




Adjourn: 8:51p.m.



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