Small Area Plan Committee

committee_badges(small-area-plan)St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization’s Small Area Plan Committee was created to guide our neighborhood in the years to come.

Aug. 31, 2015 Update:

The process for completing the Saint Anthony West Neighborhood Organization Small Area Plan is moving along on schedule. But we continue to seek your input, so we ask that you take a few minutes to provide comments on the three questions below by noon Friday, Sept. 4.

Thus far two community-wide meetings have been held: In June community members identified neighborhood issues to be addressed in the Small Area Plan under the topics of land use/zoning/urban design, transportation, and parks. The second community-wide meeting in July gave community members an opportunity to review and comment on preliminary conceptual plan alternatives that were developed to respond to the issues identified earlier.

Now we want to hear more from you. Please forward your comments to STAWNO at neighbors@stawno.org or 909 Main St. NE, Lower Level, Minneapolis, MN 55413. For a more detailed reference, see the full current update on the plan (33 pages).
Neighborhood Vision

1. Please review the Neighborhood Vision Statement below. What do you think of this statement?

The Saint Anthony West neighborhood will build on its assets (its history, quality housing stock, sound urban infrastructure, and supportive social networks) to usher in a rebirth in the neighborhood’s appeal as a choice location for urban living. These characteristics, which made the neighborhood successful in the past, will serve the neighborhood’s future, ensuring a welcoming environment for a diverse community of seniors, single adults, and families with children.

The neighborhood will be viewed as an attractive area by people who want to become part of a cohesive and healthy community. New comers to Saint Anthony West will value the neighborhood’s historical and cultural resources, location within the region, proximity to downtown Minneapolis and the Mississippi River, accessible transportation options, preservation of traditional land use and neighborhood development pattern, sustainability-focused new development, and parks.

Land Use and Zoning Alternatives

2. Please review the two sets of conceptual alternatives for land use and zoning below. What comments do you have on these?

Two Concepts for the Heart of Saint Anthony West:
The first set of alternative concepts concerns high-density residential development in the heart of the neighborhood. Concept A is to change nothing and maintain a swath of land within the neighborhood that is currently zoned for R-5, which is the residential zone with the highest density. There can only be residential buildings with a minimum of three units in R-5 zones. There can be no single-family homes or duplexes in an R-5 zone. The neighborhood’s R-5 zone runs from Marshall Street to 2nd Street NE and from Broadway Street to the railroad tracks.

Concept B is to “down-zone” this swath of land to R-3, a zone that allows single-family, duplex, and residential buildings with any number of units. R-3 buildings can be no higher than 33 feet, which is typically the same as three-stories.

Two Concepts for the Northern Edge of Saint Anthony West:
The other set of alternative concepts concerns development along the neighborhood’s northern edge, Broadway Street NE. Concept A is to do nothing and to maintain the existing mix of C-1, C-2, R-1, and R-4 along Broadway. C-1 and C-2 are commercial zones. C-1 is for comparatively low-intensity commercial uses, while C-2 is for higher-intensity commercial uses. As an example, C-2 is the zoning where Super America is located.

R-1 is for single-family residential, and R-4 is for single family, duplexes, and apartments that do not exceed four stories.

Concept B is to change the zoning along the northern edge of the neighborhood to allow (not to require) a change to Mixed-Use. The Mixed-Use zoning district can include commercial, residential, and commercial and residential combined. This type of development is seen as advantageous for corridors where traffic volumes have had a negative impact on single-family and duplex residential uses. The negative impacts associated with high traffic are often decreased land value and a decrease in desirability for families.

Transportation Alternatives

3. Please review the conceptual alternatives for transportation. What are your comments on these?

Calm Traffic on Broadway Street NE:
Enhance the pedestrian environment through redevelopment by increasing the setback and sidewalk width for new construction.
Enhance the pedestrian environment through redesign of the Broadway/University intersection where the eastbound free-right turn channel would be eliminated and an exclusive, eastbound right-turn lane would be developed.

Minimize the Impact of Trucks and Calm Traffic on University Avenue:
Plant trees in the public right-of-way,
Convert University Avenue to a three-lane street with one northbound lane, one southbound lane, one center left-turn lane, and no parking lanes, or
Return University Avenue NE to City of Minneapolis ownership so that the Minnesota Department of Transportation will no longer classify the street as a highway.

Design Marshall Street as a Parkway:
Develop Marshall Street with a tree-planted, center median, protected bike lanes, and no on-street parking on the west side of the street or
Develop Marshall with wide tree-planted boulevards, protected bike lanes, and no on-street parking on the west side of the street.

We want to continue to hear from you! Attend the next Small Area Plan Community Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Elsie’s Event Center, 729 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis.

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July 2, 2015 Update:

There was a good turnout and lively discussion in June for our first community-wide meeting on a vision for the future of the Saint Anthony West neighborhood. This kick-off meeting was the first of three that will take place over the coming months as STAWNO develops its first small area plan.

We encourage all residents, property owners, and business representatives to get involved in this process. Community meetings are scheduled for July 30 and Sept. 23; watch your mail and this web site for details.

A small area plan is a long-range vision of where the neighborhood wants to go. The plan also identifies steps necessary to make that vision become a reality. STAWNO has contracted with Biko and Associates to assist the neighborhood organization with developing the small area plan. The 12-member steering committee recommended Biko after a competitive interview/bid process.

There will be additional methods for you to weigh in: We’re planning a survey, or drop by any of our summer events at Dickman Park to weigh in or join us at our monthly board meetings. We expect to have a draft document at our December Board of Directors meeting, followed by a 45-day public comment period through January 2016, then review by city planning staff in March, followed by the City Planning Commission in April-June 2016, and final approval by the city council in July 2016.