On behalf of the GrandView District Steering Committee, I am please to present our proposed Development Framework for the GrandView District. The Framework is the result of almost two years of work by the Steering Committee and, before them, the Community Advisory and Design Teams that led the Guide Plan process.
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What all of these groups have in common is that they are made up of members of our community — residents, business owners, property owners — who have generously given their time and energy to try to improve our city. Without the literally hundreds of hours of time that these folks have contributed, we could not have created this Framework.
But the work is not over. Now it is time for other members of our community to contribute their opinions. The posting of this draft of the proposed Development Framework marks the beginning of a public comment period that will run through March 9th.
We are asking members of our community to review the plan and share their thoughts. What is good about it? What could be improved? What do you think will work and what won’t?
You can post your comments here on this blog or send them in writing to City Hall via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or U.S. Mail to me at Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.
Either way, we want to hear what you think.
In addition to these comment opportunities, we will be holding an open house and public hearing on February 22 at 7:00 PM at City Hall. See the poster (PDF) for details.
Finally, I want to put the Development Framework in context. It is intended to provide broad direction rather than detailed requirements; to lay out a vision of the future rather than a blueprint. It will need to be refined over time to bring the right results. Accordingly, it calls for an implementation process that, like the work that has brought us to this point, will be community-led.
We hope you will join us in this process by sharing your thoughts about our work to date so that together we can make good things happen in the District.
I’ve again asked Griff Wigley, the project manager for Edina Citizen Engagement, to do what needs to be done in the way of moderating the discussion. I’ll be following along closely and will try to answer questions and respond to comments.
This should be fun and interesting. I’m looking forward to it.
Member, Edina Planning Commission
Chair, GrandView District Steering Committee
See the comments here and add your own.
March 9 Update: The Grandview Steering Committee met last night and voted to extend the public comment period to March 28.
March 29 Update: Comments are now closed. Thanks everyone!