Tell us what you think!

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Over the past year, City planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One theme we’ve heard is that everyone must benefit from a growing city. Done right, population growth can help our city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all. We have some ideas on how to achieve that, and would like to hear your thoughts.

We want to hear from you!

Engage in Person at Community Meetings in December

Please attend one of the following interactive engagement events. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by artists and City staff, as well as free food from local businesses.

Saturday, Dec. 2
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Van Cleve Park Gym
901 15th Ave. SE
Co-hosted by SE Como, Waite Park, and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods

Tuesday, Dec. 5
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Farview Park Gym
621 29th Ave.N
Co-hosted by Hawthorne neighborhood

Saturday, Dec. 9
10 a.m.-noon
Roosevelt High School gym
4029 28th Ave. S
Co-hosted by Standish Ericsson and Corcoran neighborhoods

Monday, Dec. 11
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Park multi-purpose room
4055 Nicollet Ave.
Co-hosted by Tangletown, Kingfield, Armatage and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

Engage Online and with your friends

  • Starting November 20, visit www.minneapolis2040.com and check out our new interactive content and leave feedback
  • Follow us on Twitter @Mpls2040
  • Sign up for our email list
  • Download the Meeting-in-a-Box tool kit to host your own engagement meetings and report back

About Minneapolis 2040

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan will cover topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

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East of the River Park Meetings

Next East of the River Park Master Plan meeting is Tuesday, November 28

Meeting notes and presentation from the first Community Advisory Committee meeting posted online

Thank you to all of the community members who helped kick off the East of the River Park Master Plan last month. We had a great turnout and look forward to working with everyone to create a great plan for Northeast/Southeast Minneapolis neighborhood parks. 

Meeting notes and a presentation from the October meeting have been posted online. Click the link below to view.

East of the River Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #1 Recap

The next East of the River Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, 6-8 pm at Waite Recreation Center, 1810 34th Ave. NE. The  December meeting is scheduled Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, 6-8 pm at Columbia Manor, 3300 Central Ave. NE.

We will cover Racial Equity and Community Engagement at the Nov. 28 CAC meeting and Park and Service Area visioning at the Dec. 18 meeting. Children’s activities and free food will be provided! All CAC meetings are open to the public.

East of the River Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #2

Date: November 28, 2017

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: Waite Recreation Center

Address: 1810 34th Ave. NE

Topic: Racial Equity and Community Engagement

East of the River Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #3

Date: December 18, 2017

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: Columbia Manor
Address: 3300 Central Ave. NE

Topic: Park and Service Area Visioning

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Minneapolis 2040 Open Houses

Minneapolis.The Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development wants to hear from YOU! Join your neighbors in shaping our city to become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all.

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan will cover topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

Over the past year, City planners have learned a lot from Minneapolis residents about the future of our city. We’ve heard that as the city grows, everyone must benefit from that growth. You told us that it can be difficult to access jobs that are not located nearby. We’ve heard concerns about the rising cost of housing, and that not everyone has access to the type of housing that meets their needs. We’ve also heard that people value well-designed and environmentally sustainable buildings, and that there is a desire for the city to be more walkable, bikeable, and mass transit-friendly.

Please attend one of four upcoming family friendly, interactive open houses in early December. Enjoy complimentary refreshments from local vendors. For more information and to sign up for updates at minneapolis2040.com.

Minneapolis Public Schools kicks off transparent budgeting process

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After sharing and publicly discussing its projected $33 million deficit for next school year, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is soliciting feedback from the Minneapolis community to determine how to move forward. The district has also created new tool, the first of its kind in the area, to allow public access to all MPS budgets.

In his letter to the community this past February, Superintendent Ed Graff outlined the financial challenges faced by the school district. He pledged then and continues to be committed to a structurally balanced budget by the 2019-20 school year. That means MPS needs to make important decisions about its basic infrastructure so the programs and services it offers do not continue to cost more than it can afford.

“Everything is on the table,” Graff explained. “We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. We look forward to hearing from those who care about public education and making MPS stronger than ever.”

Over the past two decades, many factors have impacted the size and scope of school district budgets across the country. Cost-drivers include: underfunding of Special Education and English Language services; unfunded mandates; negotiated salary increases; irregular cuts in state funding; enrollment declines; levels of transportation service; and inflation. These factors led to deficits in MPS over the past seven years. 

Each year, MPS has been able to balance its budget by accessing funds from its reserves (fund balance) — reducing reserves from more than $122 million to about $42 million now. That is just 6.8 percent of the district’s operating budget, below the 8 percent required by Minneapolis Board of Education policy. If the district accesses the fund balance again next year, it risks going into statutory operating debt. MPS can no longer borrow from the fund balance to balance its budget.

The district has identified four priorities as it examines what structural changes can be made to reduce costs:

  1. All recommendations, considerations and decisions must be weighed by their impacts on students.
  2. Schools must have the staff they need to support their students.
  3. MPS must provide — and provide well — basic core learning elements for all students.
  4. Common community values must move the district forward.

 The district will follow the timeline below to finalize its budget for the 2018-19 school year:

  • October 2017: Preliminary budget presented to the Board of Education
  • October/November 2017: Community input on long-term budget strategy
  • November/December 2017: MPS leadership makes budget recommendations
  • January 2018: Budget planning based on recommendations
  • February 2018: School funding allocations and discussions
  • March 2018: Budgets finalized
  • April/May 2018: Board of Education reviews budget
  • June 2018: Board votes on final budget

To learn more about the MPS budget and see how to share your thoughts, get involved or find answers to your questions, visit http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us/mps_budget.

Air Permit Commenting Training

October 23rd – 24th

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 October 26th – 27th

Minneapolis Urban League

 

October 25th Public Forum

Minnesota Humanities Center

The purpose of this training is to provide information to community members and interested organizations about the process of air permitting, and how to effectively participate in the commenting process. These trainings are free and open to the public.


Topics that will be addressed in the training include: 

  • The legal authority of issuing air permits under the Clean Air Act
  • Types of air permits
  • The application and permitting process
  • Where to bring community concerns
  • The most effective way to review a permit and how to write and submit comments
  • Community perspectives on air permit commenting

You will hear from MPCA air permitting staff, EPA staff, and representatives from communities that have participated in the commenting process.

There will be two 2-day trainings:

You can also live stream the 2-day training in St. Paul.  Join the meeting by going to:

Limited funding is available for community members to attend the training in person.  Please specify when you register, whether you’ll be requesting a stipend. Stipends are to help make attendance more accessible for those whose jobs and family responsibilities would not otherwise allow them to readily attend. Stipends will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

For those unable to attend the full training, there will be a public forum on the evening of Wednesday, October 25, at 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East, Saint Paul.  To register for the forum, CLICK HERE.

To view the draft Air Permit Commenting Training Agenda including the topics covered, CLICK HERE.

Public Participation

The air permit commenting training is an effort to provide information and education so that all Minnesotans can effectively participate in the public process. The topics covered will include:

  • How to provide effective comments on permits
  • Community perspectives on air permitting
  • Industry perspectives
  • Where to direct concerns and how
  • Tools and resources for the public

 

This training is offered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with support from the EPA. Facilitated by the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy.

The mission of the MPCA is to protect and improve the environment and enhance human health.

St. Paul • Brainerd • Detroit Lakes • Duluth • Mankato • Marshall • Rochester • Willmar

www.pca.state.mn.us • Toll-free and TDD 800-657-3864