DMNA February 20 Board Meeting is Cancelled

The February 20, DMNA Board meeting is cancelled.  The next board meeting is Monday, March 19, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.

HCMC Clinic & Specialty Center Open House on March 17

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on February 12

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 12, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.

Agenda – REVISED

Statement from City Council Member Steve Fletcher on Proposed Billboard Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 12, 2018

CONTACT: David Zaffrann651-238-8944

Fletcher Statement on Proposed Billboard Expansion

MINNEAPOLIS – Today City Council Member Steve Fletcher released the following statement:

“Toward the end of the last city council term, an ordinance began moving through the committee process that would have loosened restrictions on billboards in downtown Minneapolis. Because my office has received a high volume of constituent contact on this proposal, I wanted to share an update on its status.

In short: it is dead. Any ordinance that was not passed before the end of the four-year council term is automatically ‘returned to author’ and would need to be reintroduced to become active again in the new term. Council Member Warsame, the ordinance’s original author, has expressed to me that he does not intend to reintroduce the ordinance. I join the near-unanimous voice of my Ward 3 neighbors in opposing the ordinance and will not reintroduce it.

I have appreciated the constituent feedback on this ordinance, and appreciate Council Member Warsame’s willingness to incorporate the feedback from Ward 3 constituents into his thinking on the topic. In the process of researching this ordinance, many of us learned that the current law already allows more new billboards than most of us realized or would like to see since much of Ward 3 is in an ‘opportunity zone’ for billboards that was designated decades ago, before the rise in residential land use in many of our neighborhoods. My office will explore whether this zoning policy should be revisited to further restrict billboards in downtown areas with residential land use.”

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DMNA Board Meeting on January 16, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum

The DMNA Board meets on Tuesday, January 16, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.  This is one day later than normal due to the Martin Luther King Holiday.

Agenda – Updated on 1/14/2018
Minutes from the November 20, Board meeting
January 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
December Financial Report
December Neighborhood Coordinator / Finance Coordinator Staff Report
Steve Poor staff report for January 8, Planning Commission Meeting
House of Charity Capital Campaign Presentation
House of Charity Capital Summary
Upper Lock Coalition Meeting #2 Outcomes
Outreach and Engagement Proposal prepared by Dianne, Kevin and Pam 01-15-2018

 

DMNA – NLNA Washington Avenue Cleanup on Saturday, January 27

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association and the North Loop Neighborhood Association are once again partnering to host a clean-up event on Washington Avenue on Saturday morning, January 27, 2018. Volunteers from the DMNA and the NLNA will meet at the Whole Foods on Hennepin Avenue at 10 a.m. The DMNA will pick up trash and litter along Washington Avenue from Hennepin Avenue to Portland Avenue S. Gloves and garbage bags are provided. There will also be limited number of DMNA t-shirts available on a first come, first served basis. Bring a neighbor with you! Let’s cleanup the neighborhood prior to Super Bowl 52!

Minneapolis 2040 Comp Plan meeting on January 23, at Plymouth Congregational Church

Minneapolis Planning Commission continues public hearing regarding billboard proposal until Jan 22

The Minneapolis Planning Commission passed a motion continuing the public hearing regarding the proposal to revise the regulation of off-premises signs and billboards, and to expand the Downtown Entertainment Billboard District until their January 22, meeting.

At last night’s meeting, Steve Poor reviewed his staff report and summarized the latest version of the proposed ordinance.  The current draft extends the Downtown Entertainment Billboard District further west to Portland Avenue.  He did not explain or provide rationale for this decision.  The current draft also permits wall signs on buildings along Hennepin and Washington Avenues.  He stated that the building wall signs could be lit or dynamic in nature (not just painted signs), and that the intent was “a robust build-out of off-premises signs.”  You can review his entire staff report via the link below:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/groups/public/@cped/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-207587.pdf

DMNA Board Chair  Joe Tamburino, Board Member Dianne Walsh and Land Use Committee Member Tom Schmid provided testimony on behalf of the DMNA. Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. Executive Director Lynn Regnier also submitted testimony.

The DMNA Board meets next week on Tuesday, January 16, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.  The board will allow time on the agenda for the billboard issue and for residents to offer comment.  Third Ward Council Member Steve Fletcher, Sixth Ward Council Member Warsame and CPED Development Director / Zoning Administrator Steve Poor have been invited to the meeting.  At this point, none of them have confirmed that they will attend.

DMNA Strongly Opposed to City Proposal to Expand Downtown Entertainment Billboard District

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association has passed a motion strongly opposing the City’s proposal to amend the regulation of off-premises signs and billboards and to expand the Downtown Entertainment Billboard District into Downtown East, around US Bank Stadium and The Commons.  You can read the letter that the DMNA submitted to the City via the link below:

https://www.thedmna.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DMNA-Letter-Zoning-Code-Text-Amendment-Amending-Title-20-of-the-Minneapolis-Code-of-Ordinances-REVISED2.pdf

The City of Minneapolis Planning Commission is meeting on Monday afternoon, January 8, at 4:30 p.m. The last item on the agenda is this proposal.  Below is a link to the meeting agenda:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/meetings/planning/WCMSP-207570 

You can review Zoning Administrator Steve Poor’s staff report via this link:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/…/webconte…/wcmsp-207587.pdf

Please consider joining us at the Planning Commission meeting on Monday to express your opinions about this ordinance amendment. You can also express your thoughts in writing prior to the meeting to Zoning Administrator Steve Poor at steve.poor@minneapolismn.gov  or you can contact your City Council Members.

Below is a link to the presentation shown at the DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on January 2:

https://www.thedmna.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DMNA-Land-Use-Committee-Billboard-presentation.pdf 

There have been numerous stories in the local media over the past few weeks about this proposal:

WCCO TV Story regarding billboard proposal

KSTP Story regarding billboard proposal

Star Tribune article regarding billboard proposal

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on January 2, at 6 pm at MCM

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is on Tuesday, January 2, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the ADM Room.  The DMNA will be discussing the City’s proposal to amend the regulation of off-premises signs and billboards. The proposal expands the Downtown Entertainment Billboard District into Downtown East / Mill District, around The Commons and US Bank Stadium.

For more info on this proposal, please watch the WCCO TV story that aired on Christmas Eve, read the Star Tribune article published on December 26, and/or read the staff report from the December 4, Planning Commission meeting.

AGENDA

Downtown Mpls. Residents Concerned Over LED Billboards

Star Tribune article regarding billboard proposal

Steve Poor’s staff report from the December 4, Planning Commission meeting