Minutes- 10/8/12
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:45 PM

District 10 Land Use Plan Ad Hoc Committee
District Plan Community Meeting
Monday, October 8, 2012
Street Car Station

Present: Chris Harkness, Bill Sylvester, Art Oglesby, Theo Woehrle, Jill Dent, Josh Williams, Jessica Currier and about 20 community members.

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

Public Meeting to gather input for the District Plan:

Chair Chris Harkness stated a brief history and purpose of the meeting and introduced committee members.

City Planner Josh Williams described purpose and processes involved in the City’s Comprehensive Plan and District Land Use Plans: The current St. Paul Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2009. State law mandates that cities have these plans. District Plans, which are typically updated every 10 years, become addenda to the City Comprehensive Plan. Plans allow cities to set a vision for growth—jobs, population density, transit, etc. and coordinate efforts for the best use of resources.

District Plans help the City take policy statements to the local level and allow neighborhoods to set their own priorities. District Plan policy statements cannot be in conflict with those in the Comprehensive Plan, however. The District Plan process provides a forum for specific public input for districts and the plan offers a roadmap with guidelines for future development. There are also Small Area Plans, which respond to a specific concern in an area and are not necessarily tied to one district. Small Area Plans could address an area that spans more than one district.

Discussion arose about the City’s overall goals on density development in the city and whether the City has plans to change the current residential nature of Larpenteur Avenue east of Lexington. Mr. Williams stressed that at this time the City does not have plans to redevelop that area for high density use and that our District Land Use plan reaffirm our commitment to retaining and maintaining those single family homes. Mr. Williams also agreed to a request that a copy of the Comprehensive Plan stay at the District 10 office so it is available for reference by residents.

Intern Theo Woehrle presented his findings on District 10’s demographics from census data and other sources. Among other things, we learned that 83% of us are white, most of us are age 25-34 and very few of us are children. In terms of households, 64% of homes are owner-occupied; the median income is $57,000; and the poverty rate is 7%. About a third of us are employed in education, healthcare and social services and about a third hold professional/managerial positions. Manufacturing occupations have dropped to 13%.

The group dispersed to small group discussions on Land Use, Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Housing, Water Resources and Historic Preservation, topics identified in the District Plan Guidelines. After about 45 minutes, the large group reconvened and reported out the highlights of discussion. Several District 6 residents were in attendance expressed their desire that the boundary between the districts be changed to include their neighborhood in District 10. Ms. Harkness will compile all of the recorded comments from the discussions. The November meeting on the 12th will also be a public meeting where all of the data from the surveys and various meetings will be presented with an opportunity for community reaction and input.

Next meeting: The next District 10 Land Use Plan ad hoc committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 12, at the Historic Streetcar Station.

Meeting adjourned: 8:50 p.m. Future Meetings: The second Monday of each month.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Harkness, committee chair.

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