A regular meeting of the Hopkins Planning & Zoning Commission was held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.
Present were Commission Members Laura L. Daly, Kristin Hanneman, Brian Hunke, Matthew McNeil, Gary Newhouse, Emily Wallace-Jackson and James Warden. Also present was City Planner Jason Lindahl.
Chair Hunke called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Commissioner McNeil moved, Commissioner Wallace-Jackson seconded to adopt the agenda. The motion was approved unanimously.
Commissioner Hanneman had a correction to the minutes. The last line in the paragraph under 1. Medical Cannabis, should be changed to “ . . . Mr. Lindahl stated that he found no issues ” rather than “to issues.” Commissioner McNeil moved, Commissioner Warden seconded, to approve the minutes of the September 27, 2016, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.
Mr. Lindahl showed the Commission the short video available at cultivatehopkins.com. He stated the site has links to a survey, an opportunity for feedback and to receive updates by email and basic information on why the Comp Plan is needed and the requirements. He said the Plan should address:
Mr. Lindahl talked about changing demographics, future transportation, purchasing power and methods, experience areas, shared economy, land use effects on public health and environmental, economic and societal sustainability (resilience). He stated that the Land Planning Act requires City conformance with the Met Council’s guidance “Thrive 2040,” which refers to 1. Stewardship, 2. Prosperity, 3. Equity, 4. Livability and 5. Sustainability. He stated the City’s approach is get ideas with a broad scope, value driven, collaborative and thematic, linking the process to the outcome to be more engaging and useful.
Mr. Lindahl elaborated on the ways staff has engaged the public: web site; video; survey; presentations to HBCA, MAC, HAMA, and school district diversity group; events: Raspberry
Festival poetry wagon and family day, Farmer’s Market, Health Fair, Fire dept. open house,
announcements at Summerfest concerts and future plans for Blake Road group, and he reviewed
the responses from the survey.
The Commission discussion included:
Mr. Lindahl updated the Planning & Zoning Commission on the following items:
Commissioner McNeil moved, Commissioner Newhouse seconded, to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.