Up this week at (or related to) City Hall:
On the consent agenda: a motion to approve phasing of the Transit Hub project. The good part about this prroject is that it is being built with 80% federal funding and a 20% city contribution – more bang for the municipal buck, so to speak. There are 2 troubling bits, though. First is the location behind Walgreen’s which is invisible and questionably accessible to large buses. Second is timing – Northfield has a grass roots transit group which has been researching and discussing transit options in Northfield over the past few months. It seems unfortunate that we are building an invisible transit hub in advance of some useful data. I have not decided whether to fight this battle yet.
On the regular agenda:
Finalize Council direction on draft Land Development Code. This item is about the process to be followed to review and edit the draft regulations prior to Council adoption later this year. I have nothing much to say about the process – selected boards and commissions will review the draft in addition to the Planning Commission which is the commission in charge of the process. I have ongoing concerns about keeping this process open, transparent and accountable, but I know these concerns are shared by the Planning Commission and, I think, the Council, so we’ll keep working on this as we move forward. Stay tuned for more about the content of the draft regulations, but until I get around to writing more you can go to the NDDC forum on Tuesday, June 2 and hear Alice Thomas of the Planning Commission speak about the draft and have a chance to ask questions and make comments there.
Update on the budget outlook: The outlook is mostly grim, but there will be much more on this subject in the next few weeks and months.