Neighborhood Meeting Oct. 16

On the Agenda for the Oct. 16 Neighborhood Meeting –  7 p.m.

  • The city has issued a revised draft of the Comprehensive Plan 2040, which designates land use, transportation, development, environmental, equity and other policies. Come hear directly from Minneapolis’s Director of Long-Range Planning Heather Worthington what this means for the Windom Park neighborhood, our residential zoning and density, our commercial areas and what, if any, changes were made that are in keeping with the Windom Park neighborhood’s Small Area Plan. Come with your questions and comments; also note that the city has set public hearings for Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. at city hall (Planning Commission) and sometime during the week of Nov. 12 (city council).
  • An on-street bike lane has been proposed for Stinson Parkway in our neighborhood. Come view and comment on the proposed layouts from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. We will be forwarding your feedback to them, and then talk directly with them at our Nov. 20 annual meeting about various parks topics.
  • Due to a schedule conflict, the Master Gardener will not be able to join us tonight. Instead, she plans to attend our Nov. 20 Annual Meeting to answer your questions about yard and garden care, critter control, and what you can do over the winter to get ready for spring.
  • Tonight’s agenda also includes Open Forum – your comments and announcements about non-agenda items are welcome.
  • Other business, including announcements about our Nov. 20 Annual Meeting and Board of Directors election. Please consider running for a seat on the board! If you are a Windom Park resident or property owner of legal age, or a business representative from the neighborhood, you are eligible to vote and make motions at our neighborhood meetings. If you fit the above criteria plus you have attended a Windom Park neighborhood meeting in the past year (November 2017-October 2018) you are eligible to run for and serve on the WPCiA Board of Directors.
    Meeting begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Windom Park Recreation Center, 2251 Hayes St. NE. All are encouraged to attend. Free child care by park staff during the meeting. Accessible location with free parking and nearby bus routes.

Got neighborhood traffic concerns? If you live in the Windom Park neighborhood, contact us about getting one of our free “Keep Northeast Safe – 30 MPH – Please Slow Down” signs for your yard. Coming soon: a 25 MPH version for Stinson Parkway! Reserve yours now; quantities are limited.

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.)

 

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