City Council & Ward 3 News

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This is adapted from an email I sent to members of City Council News email list. Please consider signing up for update emails here.

What a Great Time for Rochester!

The first month of 2015 held a lot of great news for Rochester.  Rochester was ranked the seventh most affordable place to live and named the second best place to live in the US.  The accolades are well deserved and reinforce good news about our local economy and workforce.

I've been busy reconnecting with neighborhood associations, helping with development concerns and doing outreach into the broader community.  The key to effective government is communication. 

Announcements

I will be holding a weekly table talk at Rooster's Barn & Grill, Mondays from 7AM until 8AM.  This session will offer an opportunity to discuss upcoming policy decisions or issues you are facing directly.  No topic too big or too small.  I look forward to meeting and working with you so don't hesitate to drop in!

RNeighbors has announced the availability of Neighborhood Project Grants.  These grants go to support neighborhood improvements which serve to better connect residents.  Take a look here for more information! 

The Comprehensive Plan process is well now underway. Please consider providing your personal feedback using the new 'Crowdgauge' tool.  It will give you insight into the decisions and trade-offs facing our community when deciding our future planning and land use.  A fun, interactive way to have your opinions heard.
 

City Council News

January was a busy month for the Rochester City Council:
  • I was sworn in on January 5, 2015
  • Amended and balanced the 2015 budget
  • Funded upgrades to Soldiers Field to make it a permanent venue for Rochesterfest
  • Reviewed and amended Taxi Ordinance
  • Reviewed and subsequently rejected a Natural Gas Franchise Fee
  • Discussed changes to pet licensing
In February, we'll be considering:
  • Police Oversight Commission
  • Broadband Internet Infrastructure

 

Ward 3 Public Notices

The following public notices were sent to specific residents of Ward 3.  I would like to provide them here for additional visibility:

Notice is hereby given by the Common Council of the City of Rochester, Minnesota, that all persons interested in Preliminary Plat R2014-029PLAT to be known as Alpha Subdivision by Alpha Realty of Rochester.  The Plat proposes to subdivide 2 lots for development.  Lot 1 will comprise approximately 9.05 acres, and Lot 2 will comprise approximately 20.03 acres.  The property is located south of Alpha Pkwy NW and north of Badger Hills Dr NW, may be heard at a meeting of the Common Council to be held in the Council/Board Chambers in the Government Center, 151 4th Street SE in said City at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Notice is hereby given by the Common Council of the City of Rochester, Minnesota, that all persons interested in Type III, Phase II Special District Amendment Final Site Development Plan R2014-002SD by Buddy D. Webb Architects to allow for the construction of a one story 10,000 square feet retail use facility. The property is located within the 41st Street Plaza Project Development Plan of the Arboretum Special District. The property is located at 3141 41st St NW, northwest of the intersection of 41st Street NW and the 31st Avenue NW, may be heard at a meeting of the Common Council to be held in the Council/Board Chambers in the Government Center, 151 4th Street SE in said City at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Additional information on these items can be found in the Feb 18 agenda, here.
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DMC Update

January 29th the DMC Corp. official transmitted the draft plan to the City of Rochester.  I have been reviewing and discussing the Destination Medical Center Draft Development Plan since its release, but the City is now 'on the clock' to act on the plan within a 60-day window.

I think an important part of this process is for us to hear your feedback on the Draft Development Plan.  You can always contact me, but Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission and Rochester City Council will be holding special public meetings to gather input. Plan to attend, participate and be heard!
 

Planning and Zoning Commission
6-9 p.m. on Monday, February 23.
Mayo Civic Center Ballroom
30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN

Rochester City Council
7-9 p.m. on Monday, March 23
Mayo Civic Center Ballroom
30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN

Outreach

If Ward 3 was considered a city by itself, its population of ~19,000 would make it the 63rd largest city in Minnesota, roughly the size of Stillwater.  One of the most important tasks I have is to build an effective communication channel.  I'm asking for your help reaching more residents of Ward 3. Please forward this post to your neighbors and ask them to sign up.  We've got a lot of important challenges to face and I want everyone to have a chance to have their voice heard.

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