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Postby go4guy » June 6th, 2013, 10:35 am

Does anyone have more information on these meetings?
-When and where are the held.
-Are they open to the public.
-Is there where new projects are made public.
-What all do they decide at them.

I just think it would be really fun to sit in on one of these meetings to get a better grasp of the process.

Thanks for any help!

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby twincitizen » June 6th, 2013, 10:46 am

The Planning Commission meets twice per month, on Mondays at 4:30pm at City Hall. The meetings are open to the public and anyone can stand up and speak for or against anything on the agenda.

In the alternating weeks between PC meetings, they meet as the "Committee of the Whole" or CoW, which is more of a study session for Planning Commission members to meet with staff and the developer/applicant to familiarize themselves with the project and discuss major issues before the public hearing. No votes or public comments are taken at CoW meetings.

Meetings of all appointed boards and City Council committees are posted here: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/index.htm Use the drop-down boxes to filter either Planning Commission or PC CoW, and Agendas or Actions.

That is where many of us urbanMSP'ers get our information, site plans, etc. Staff reports and site plans are usually posted well in advance of the meetings.

More general information about the Planning Commission can be found here: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/PlanningCo ... /index.htm

Yes, you should absolutely check out a meeting. Preferably one with something contentious on the agenda.

I'd like to go on the 24th to speak in favor of Opus' 5th Street SE Mixed Use project (aka House of Hanson site).

I'll further add that decisions of the Planning Commission can be appealed within 10 days. The appeal goes to the City Council's Zoning & Planning Committee, which is currently chaired by Gary Schiff. The Z&P Committee makes the final decision on the matter (well technically the full council votes too, but it would be unusual for those votes to come out with a different result)
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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby go4guy » June 6th, 2013, 10:53 am

Thank you very much. I was mainly asking because I want to go to that specific meeting. Thanks for all of the infomation and for taking the time to post that. Greatly appreciated!

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby FISHMANPET » June 6th, 2013, 10:56 am

Sounds like time for an UrbanMSP meetup.

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby Nathan » June 6th, 2013, 5:53 pm

I think it would be wise for a number of people show up the 24th... now to see if I can get my boss to let me off early... Maybe I feel sick that day...

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby kellonathan » June 23rd, 2013, 11:22 am

I am planning to be there tomorrow. Anyone else coming?
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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby twincitizen » June 23rd, 2013, 2:20 pm

I'd like to go. Hopefully they get to the Opus Dinkytown (last agenda item) before I have to leave at 6:30. Usually the meetings are quite short, less than an hour, but with two big apartment projects up for discussion, it could go a while longer.

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby Silophant » June 23rd, 2013, 10:28 pm

I'm planning to leave work a little early and be there.

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby FISHMANPET » June 24th, 2013, 9:42 am

I'll also be ducking out early to make the meeting.

Here's the agenda:
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/p ... S1P-110078
They allow public comments during this, right? Hopefully we can drown out SaveDinkytown, or least provide a reasoned argument. Also, hopefully people more articulate than me will have something to say.

Of course the ultimate victory would be getting the SaveDinkytown people to support the development. As Gul Dukat says, "A true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place."

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby mattaudio » June 24th, 2013, 9:49 am

Any chance they will be discussing this later? I have a meeting until 5.

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby FISHMANPET » June 24th, 2013, 9:52 am

It's 5th on the Agenda. The first three are pretty simple, but the 4th is the 15th Ave housing that requires assembling about 1000 different properties and they're requesting quite a few variances. The planners are recommending approval on all of them, but I'm guessing it will take a while for staff to just present it all. You should be fine.

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby FISHMANPET » June 24th, 2013, 3:20 pm

I forgot how beautiful city hall is. Anyone else here?

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby Nick » June 24th, 2013, 3:21 pm

Me! Are you sitting next to me?

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby Nick » June 24th, 2013, 3:38 pm

Update: He was. I'm in a suit with purple plaid tie; we're in the back row.

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby kellonathan » June 24th, 2013, 4:02 pm

Just got off work. Would I miss the Dinkytown Opus one if I show up around 530?
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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby mattaudio » June 24th, 2013, 4:03 pm

^ x2

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby Nick » June 24th, 2013, 4:10 pm

We're not on it yet.

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby go4guy » June 24th, 2013, 7:57 pm

I was there. Green shirt sitting to the left of you guys. City hall is an amazing building. I couldnt stop looking at all the detail in that room.

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby Nick » June 24th, 2013, 8:21 pm

You shoulda said hi!

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Re: MPLS Planning Commission meetings

Postby FISHMANPET » June 24th, 2013, 8:22 pm

Also this was the first time I'd met anyone from the forums and nobody was scary or murdery at all.


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