Minneapolis residents are encouraged to provide feedback on the Stadium Village Station Area Plan through June 14 before the framework goes to the city planning commission and City Council for final approval this summer.
Principal city planner Haila R. Maze said the city is in the midst of a 45-day comment period on the plan that covers the area from the light-rail station west of the TCF Stadium at the University of Minnesota east along University Avenue to the St. Paul city limits. The 128-page draft of the plan is posted online.
Several documents that comprise the plan are linked to the page, including a two-page summary. The larger report begins with a 10-page executive at the beginning of the document for people who may not want to read the entire report, Maze said.
“Unfortunately, our website isn’t interactive enough for the public to leave comments online, but we accept ideas by mail, by email and by phone,” Maze said.
A hard copy of the plan is also available at the Southeast Library in Dinkytown.
Written comments can be sent to Haila R. Maze (firstname.lastname@example.org), Minneapolis-CPED, 250 S. Fourth St., Room 110, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Her phone number is (612) 673-2098 or fax to (612) 673-2728.
Maze presented the plan to large meetings of stakeholders through the spring and continues to meet with smaller neighborhood, business and University groups to discuss local concerns.
“The plan is so large and complex that we cannot cover everything in the public meetings, and that is one reason to post the entire document and to meet with smaller groups to discuss the concerns of different stakeholders,” Maze said. “Some people want us to give some issues more attention, but we haven’t received any major push back against the plan.”
The plan consists of several parts, including studies of local markets, public realm and connectivity, development issues and opportunities, and parking and transportation.
“If you live, work, go to school, visit, own property, operate a business, or otherwise care about this area – we want to hear from you,” the city said in a news release. “These comments will be part of the plan’s official record when it moves into the City approval process and may influence its content.”
If opposition does not surface and major changes are not sought, then the plan could go to the city’s planning commission in late June and to the City Council in July for final approval as city policy.
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