Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Resolution
2018-138

Resolution Authorizing the Formation and Charge of an Appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan

Information

Department:Strategic PlanningSponsors:
Category:Master PlanProjects:No Project

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Item Discussion

Whereas, The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) is the steward of the Minneapolis park system;

 

Whereas, To determine a responsive program for current and future recreational and environmental needs within the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail area, a master plan will be developed;

 

Whereas, The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail does not currently have a master plan that has been adopted by the MPRB or by the Metropolitan Council;

 

Whereas, The Metropolitan Council requires individual master plans for each regional park, park reserve, regional trail, and special recreation feature;

 

Whereas, The MPRB desires broad representation and participation in the planning, development, and evaluation of system-wide plans;

 

Whereas, MPRB Code of Ordinances PB-11.4 states that the “Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board shall cause a community advisory committee to be created;” and

 

Whereas, This resolution is supported by the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan, which envisions “Urban forests, natural areas, and waters that endure and captivate,” “Recreation that inspires personal growth, healthy lifestyles, and a sense of community,” “Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs,” and “A safe place to play, recreate, contemplate, and celebrate;”

 

RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners authorizes the formation and charge of an appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan with the following charge and composition:

 

              CAC Charge

The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan CAC shall:

·     Become knowledgeable about the project and its scope and advise MPRB staff and consultants throughout the planning process.

·     Contribute to broad community engagement by acting as primary contact for the CAC’s represented communities, and by enhancing the project’s interaction with a wide range of stakeholders and stakeholder groups.

·     Assist with ongoing communication of technical plan elements to the community and public.

·     Report back to appointers or appointing bodies, as requested, on the plan process, information presented, and possible recommendations.

·     Make recommendations to the MPRB Commissioners on service area-wide vision, goals, and principles.


              CAC Composition

Each appointing entity or individual appoints one CAC member, unless otherwise noted, for a total of 19:

·         MPRB President Bourn (appoints Chair)

·         At Large Commissioners French, Forney, and Vetaw (1 appointment each)

·         District Commissioners: Musich (District 5) and Bourn (District 6) (2 appointment each)

·         Minneapolis City Council Members: Jenkins (Ward 8), Schroeder (Ward 11), Johnson (Ward 12), and Palmisano (Ward 13) (1 appointment each)

·         MPRB staff (2 appointments)

·         Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board (1 appointment)

·         Geographic groupings of neighborhood organizations (1 appointment each):

o       Fulton Neighborhood Association / Armatage Neighborhood Association / Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association

o       Kenny Neighborhood Association / Tangletown Neighborhood Association / Windom Community Council

o       Field, Regina, Northrop Neighborhood Group / Hale, Page, Diamond Lake Community

o       Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association / Nokomis East Neighborhood Association

 

RESOLVED, That the President of the Board and Secretary to the Board are authorized to take all necessary administrative actions to implement this resolution.

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BACKGROUND

This action would establish a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to guide the creation of a master plan for Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail.  There is no current master plan for the parklands flanking Minnehaha Creek from the western city limits to the Longfellow Gardens. A MPRB- and Met Council-adopted master plan is a requirement for expenditures of state and regional funding.  The Master Plan will be prepared in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District—particularly with regard to water and natural resources—under the terms of the current Memorandum of Understanding among these agencies and MPRB. The plan will contain the following elements, in addition to following the Metropolitan Council’s Master Plan Requirements for the 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan Update:

 

·         An overview of Minnehaha Parkway history that tells the story of conditions that have shaped it into what it is today.

·         A detailed conditions assessment of the access points, trails, open spaces, shoreline, and altered areas (by either human activity or invasive plant communities) as well as a corresponding needs assessment for these areas.

·         Recreational programming potential.

·         Conceptual plans for different amenities throughout the parkway corridor (trails, creek, open spaces, courts, bridges) as well as a management plan for natural spaces, including recommended improvements, phasing, and costs.

·         Prioritization of improvements that will guide both immediate and long-term future improvements.

 

The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan will consider existing plans pertaining to its geography and environmental sensitivity, including the South Service Area Master Plan, the Ecological System Plan, the Natural Resources Management Plan, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s (MCWD) Comprehensive Plan, and other local and regional comprehensive plans.

 

The project will unfold in four general phases:

 

·         Phase 1: Project Start-up. Between January and March of 2018, MPRB Planning, Recreation, and Environmental Stewardship staff will establish the various advisory groups, begin the public engagement process, and refine the project schedule.

 

·         Phase 2: Discovery and Assessment. From February 2018 to June, 2018, staff will work closely with the project team, advisory committees, community groups, and hired consultants to research, assess, map, and begin to understand physical conditions and park and recreation needs along the creek.

 

·         Phase 3: Master Planning. Beginning in May 2018 to October 2018, MPRB staff will work with the advisory committees, project team, and consultants to complete master planning for the Parkway. This phase will feature community events and will significantly engage the appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC).  Master planning for specific areas along the parkway will rely heavily on input from the community and public, as well as engage significantly with established neighborhood organizations and service and outreach providers within the surrounding area that work with underserved populations.

 

·         Phase 4: Master Plan Approval and Priority Projects.  In late 2018 and early 2019, MPRB staff will work with all advisory groups, consultants, and plan partners to finalize master plan recommendations and prioritize initial improvements. This will include a public comment period on the master plan.

 

It is expected that the Minnehaha Parkway Master Plan will come before the Board in a public hearing and for approval in early 2019.

 

FUNDING SOURCES

Funding for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan creation and initial implementation comes from the Parks and Trails Legacy Fund in the total amount of $2,978,663.00.  Of this total amount, a minimum of $256,000 must be spent on the Master Plan as a non-capital expenditure.

 

RECOMMENDATION

Staff recommends authorizing the formation and charge of an appointed CAC for Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan with the following charge and composition.

 

CAC Charge:

The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail CAC shall:

·     Become knowledgeable about the project and its scope and advise MPRB staff and consultants throughout the planning process.

·         Contribute to broad community engagement by acting as primary contact for the CAC’s represented communities, and by enhancing the project’s interaction with a wide range of stakeholders and stakeholder groups.

·         Assist with ongoing communication of technical plan elements to the community and public.

·         Report back to appointers or appointing bodies, as requested, on the plan process, information presented, and possible recommendations.

·         Make recommendations to the MPRB Commissioners on service area-wide vision, goals, and principles.

 

CAC Composition:

Appointing entity or person                                                       No. of  CAC appointees

MPRB President Bourn (appoints Chairperson)                                           1

At Large Commissioners:

French                                                                                                                1

Forney                                                                                                                1

Vetaw                                                                                                                 1

District 5 Commissioner Musich                                                                      2

District 6 Commissioner Bourn                                                                      2

Minneapolis City Council Members:

Jenkins (Ward 8)                                                                                    1

Schroeder (Ward 11)                                                                                    1

Johnson (Ward 12)                                                                                    1

Palmisano (Ward 13)                                                                                    1

              Geographic groupings of neighborhood organizations

Armatage / Fulton / Lynnhurst                                                         1

Kenny / Tangletown / Windom                                                         1

Field, Regina, Northrop / Hale, Page, Diamond Lake                            1

Standish-Ericsson / Nokomis East                                                        1

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board                                            1

              MPRB Staff                                                                                                               2             

                                                                                                                                    19

 

This action is supported by the following vision and goal statements in the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan.

 

Vision Theme 1:               Urban forests, natural areas, and waters that endure and captivate

Goal:               Residents and visitors enjoy and understand the natural environment

Goal:               People and the environment benefit from the expansion and protection of natural resources

 

Vision Theme 2:               Recreation that inspires personal growth, healthy lifestyles, and a sense of community.

Goal:               Residents, visitors, and workers enjoy opportunities to improve health and fitness.

 

Vision Theme 3:               Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs.

Goal:               Parks shape an evolving city.

Goal:               Park facility renewal and development respects history and focuses on sustainability, accessibility, flexibility, and beauty.

Goal:               Focused land management supports current and future generations.

 

Vision Theme 4:               A safe place to play, recreate, contemplate, and celebrate.

Goal:               Parks are safe and welcoming by design.

Goal:               Communities, public and private partners, and staff cooperate to promote safety.

 

 

Meeting History

Mar 7, 2018 5:20 PM  Planning Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Jono Cowgill, Vice Chair, Commissioner District 4
AYES:Meg Forney, Jono Cowgill, Chris Meyer, Kale Severson, Londel French
Mar 21, 2018 5:00 PM  Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Meg Forney, Commissioner At Large
SECONDER:Steffanie Musich, Commissioner District 5
AYES:Brad Bourn, AK Hassan, Meg Forney, Londel French, LaTrisha Vetaw, Chris Meyer, Kale Severson, Jono Cowgill, Steffanie Musich