WPCiA News

It’s Time For Ice Cream (and Your Input)!

It’s time for our annual neighborhood ice cream social in the park! We look forward to seeing you at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17.

This year we’re adding some new features: In addition to interactive entertainment for kids of all ages from the Twistin Vixen, you can weigh in on your opinions of two concepts for the future revamping of the park at Windom Park. Want to see a pond? Skate park? Refrigerated rink? Nature areas? Enhanced basketball courts? See what’s proposed in the East of the River Parks Master Plan process; our neighborhood’s committee representative will be present to tell you all about it and listen to what you think at this informal gathering, rain or shine. (Look for us inside the Rec Center in case of rain.)

We’ll also have on hand Yellow Comment Cards on the city’s Comprehensive Plan 2040 for you to fill out. The Comprehensive Plan specifies increased housing density for many parts of the Windom Park neighborhood, land uses, transportation plans, and more. The draft does not entirely match the Windom Park neighborhood’s Small Area Plan, created by you and your neighbors over the past three years — so we need to tell the city what we want. Weigh in now! Fill out or bring your comment card to the ice cream social, and we’ll make sure it gets to the City of Minneapolis by the July 22 deadline. Tell the city that you want to see the Small Area Plan created by the hard work of your own Windom Park neighbor-volunteers through many community meetings and outreach incorporated into this Comprehensive Plan and not ignored by city staff. 

Por favor envienos un correo electronico a info@windompark.org si necesita servicios de traduccion para esta reunion.

(Please email us at info@windompark.org if you require translation services for this meeting.)

 

Comment on the City’s Proposed Comprehensive Plan

The City of Minneapolis is seeking public input now on its proposed Comprehensive Plan, called “Minneapolis 2040.” The plan is required by the Metropolitan Council and provides a roadmap for where the city sees itself in the coming years. Urban design, density, zoning, housing, transportation, heritage preservation, equity, community engagement and more are detailed for each area of the city. Check this link for details and instructions on how to comment to the city. Comment period ends July 22, 2018.

The plan has generated debate and news coverage; in the Windom Park neighborhood, so far the debate generally appears centered around the city’s proposal to allow dwelling structures of up to four units (four-plexes) on all residential properties – in conflict with the Small Area Plan the neighborhood approved. You may also find additional information created by residents citywide at MinneapolisForEveryone.org.

Please note that WPCiA encourages you to also let the city know via this Comp Plan process that you support the Windom Park Neighborhood Small Area Plan and wish to have it incorporated into “Minneapolis 2040.” Your neighbor volunteers have worked for over two years seeking community input, conducting surveys, holding community engagement sessions, working with a special consultant, conferring with city staff, listening to neighbors, revising and ultimately creating a plan for this specific area of Minneapolis. Don’t let your own community’s voice and hard work be stifled! Comment by filling out one of our yellow comment cards, available at our meetings and at our office. Return it to our office drop-box or at our free July 17 ice cream social in the park.

Small Area Plan Documents

WPCiA has completed the Windom Park Neighborhood Small Area Plan (SAP). This important document will provide direction for the neighborhood and the City of Minneapolis for the coming years on topics such as land use, zoning, density, transportation, parking, commercial area revitalization, and gateways. We thank all of you who provided input, answered our surveys, attended meetings, and served on the Steering Committee!

Please note that on Jan. 23, 2018, after considering the many comments on the SAP and motions made by neighbors attending the Jan. 16 neighborhood meeting, the Board of Directors voted to remove the Johnson Street opportunity site from the plan. Also removed are references to rezone the neighborhood to R3 (higher-density residential); instead, the document will express a preference that zoning in the neighborhood remains “as is.” WPCiA had planned to forward this final document to the City of Minneapolis for review and incorporation into the city’s Comprehensive Plan per previous directives, but the city then informed WPCiA that now this should be handled as a “comment” on the city’s draft Comprehensive Plan 2040.

WPCiA encourages you to let the City of Minneapolis know via its Comprehensive Plan “Minneapolis 2040” process that you support the revised Windom Park Neighborhood Small Area Plan and wish to have it incorporated into “Minneapolis 2040.” Your neighbor volunteers have worked for over two years seeking community input, conducting surveys, holding community engagement sessions, working with a special consultant, conferring with city staff, listening to neighbors, revising and ultimately creating a plan for this specific area of Minneapolis. Don’t let your own community’s voice and hard work be stifled. Comments are due to the city by July 22, 2018. Or, fill out a yellow comment card and return it to WPCiA at our July 17 ice cream social or our office drop-box (1845 Stinson Parkway, #201).

 

You can access the WPCiA Small Area Plan by downloading Volume 1 and Volume 2 here (approximately 12 MB each).

Other Key Milestones:

See also: Lowry Grove redevelopment plans

Lowry Grove Redevelopment Update

Redevelopment has been proposed for the Lowry Grove mobile home park adjacent to our neighborhood on Stinson Parkway at Lowry Avenue NE/Kenzie Terrace.

 

General Chronology of Recent Events

  • A community meeting on the possible redevelopment was organized by SAVNE Neighbors for a Livable Community for Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Details here.
  • A proposed settlement was reached Aug. 1, 2017, with the former residents, according to the City of St. Anthony Village. The proposed settlement was reportedly in part contingent on density factors that later were not approved by the city.
  • The developer in July 2017 filed a revised development plan (see right-hand column links on the village’s web site) with the City of St. Anthony Village.
  • After a public hearing Aug. 28, 2017, the St. Anthony Village Planning Commission voted to deny the developer’s applications. The city council agreed to postpone action on this agenda item until its Oct. 10 meeting.
  • At its Oct. 10, 2017, meeting the St. Anthony Village City Council unanimously approved a resolution to Deny the Comprehensive Plan Amendments, PUD Preliminary Development Plan/PUD Rezoning, and Preliminary Plat related to The Village, LLC project located at 2401 and 2501 Lowry Avenue.
  • In October 2017, another revision was proposed by the developer (see right-hand column links on the village web site for related plans and exhibits).
  • At a community meeting held Jan. 24, 2018, the developer presented revised plans that no longer include the Bremer Bank site and noted the development team expected to file an application with the city in the coming days. The property owners noted they may offer RV parking at the site this summer in order to recoup some of their investment. The project is now being referred to as the “Kenzie Terrace and Stinson Parkway Development.”
  • The St. Anthony Village City Council approved the developer’s revised preliminary plan, now scaled back to 414-430 units of rental housing.
  • St. Anthony Village, like Minneapolis, is undergoing an update of its Comprehensive Plan. See what is suggested here, and see how it might impact the Windom Park neighborhood.

WPCiA  continues to monitor and discuss these topic at our meetings and with our Minneapolis city council member and park board representatives, due to the proximity of this potential development site to our neighborhood. A group of residents, SAVNE Neighbors for a Livable Community, has also been organizing meetings and collecting documents on the project, which WPCiA will post here as they become available. (See also information on the WPCiA Small Area Plan.)

 

Other Documents

 

A New Way to Donate Online

WPCiA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; all donations to WPCiA are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. In addition to donating to your neighborhood organization via the red “Make A Donation” buttons found on our web site, WPCiA also participates in Amazon Smile, Thrivent Choice, GiveMN and in “Give to the Max Day.” We welcome your donations to WPCiA by these online methods or via U.S. Mail to:

1845 Stinson Parkway, No. 201

Minneapolis, MN 55418

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