COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: July 30th, 2021
Meetings and Announcements:
• The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, August 9th with start time of 7 pm. We will have a workshop to discuss the Preliminary 2022 Budget. The workshop will begin at 6 pm.
• National Night out is Tuesday, August 3rd.
• This is a reminder about the upcoming ground breaking ceremony for the new North Maplewood Fire Station. The program will begin at 3 pm on August 4th.
• Please note that the date for the City Council staff retreat has been set for Thursday, October 7th, 8:30 to 4:30. Location will be Wakefield or MCC.
Updates from Staff and Council:
ADMINISTRATION & COMMUNICATIONS
Web traffic at a glance:
Here are the top five landing pages visitors went directly to from a link, URL or Google search.
- Maplewood, MN |https://maplewoodmn.gov 1160 (14.6 %)
- DMV - Driver's License - DNR https://maplewoodmn.gov/90/DMV---Drivers-License---DNR 891 (11.2 %)
- Lawns https://maplewoodmn.gov/1081/Lawns168 (2.1 %)
- Passports https://maplewoodmn.gov/197/Passports 135 (1.7 %)
- Police https://maplewoodmn.gov/460/Police 114 (1.4 %)
Flying the Drone
Kudos to Kevin Schmitz who proactively updated his FAA Drone license currency training eight (8) months in advance to take advantage of several new FAA regulations, which now include being able to fly at night and flying over gatherings without applying for a waiver. This will allow the Communications Department to be more flexible in where and when the City drone is flown.
National Night Out
So far there are 52 block parties registered. You can also search this interactive map to find a gathering near you: https://maplewoodmn.gov/NNO
Rice Street Business Survey
Ramsey County and the Rice Larpenteur Alliance have sent out a survey to businesses along Rice Street corridor. Ramsey County is planning to reconstruct Rice Street in 2025 from Wheelock Parkway to County Rd B. The project will reconstruct the existing 3-lane roadway and add bicycle, pedestrian facilities and transit improvements. As part of this effort, the County is applying for a grant through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to offset some of the roadway project costs. The survey information will be used to understand job retention and creation goals that could be achieved through the Rice Street project. The survey is available at https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/roads-transportation/future-road-projects/rice-street-revitalization-project-business-survey.
North End Zoning District
City staff, city-consultant HKGi and the Planning Commission have been working for the past year on the creation of the North End (NE) Zoning District to guide future development and redevelopment in the area around the Maplewood Mall and St. John’s Hospital. This area was identified in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan as an opportunity site where a mix of uses and pedestrian-oriented development would support and benefit from the availability of transit, including the future Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). In 2019 the City adopted the North End Vision Plan. This plan set the parameters and design principles for the area, including exploring the potential for future phasing and full redevelopment. The North End Zoning District Project has taken the guidance of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the North End Vision
Plan and established a new zoning district to achieve the community’s vision. Below are links to a handout further explaining this project as well as the draft zoning ordinance and Design Guidelines that would be used to promote the district to developers.
Key takeaways from North End Ordinance
- All parcels within the North End study district will be rezoned to NE.
- Existing buildings and parking areas may be expanded as long as they do not interfere with the future street network.
- New buildings and redevelopment will be required to meet the new standards.
- District includes reduced off-street parking minimums as compared to the city’s current requirements
Staff sent notices to more than 400 properties in and near the North End area notifying properties of the proposed ordinance and inviting them to two meetings in August. Staff will also be meeting individually with key property owners in the North End. After the outreach meetings, staff will bring this project to the Planning Commission and City Council for further review.
- Virtual Zoom Meeting - August 10 at 4 p.m.
Click Here to Join Meeting - Zoom Meeting (Meeting Id: 817 1493 4610; Passcode 311080)
- In-Person Meeting - August 25 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Maplewood Mall – Entrance 4 (near Lower Level Macy’s)
- City Council Workshop – September
- Planning Commission Public Hearing (tentative) – October 19, 2021
- City Council Adoption (tentative) – November
LOCAL NEWS AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
https://www.fox9.com/news/maplewood-disability-advocate-brings-diversity-to-local-government Reference: Council Nikki Villavicencio