Andrew Richter Show notes for 3/17/11

March 16, 2011 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

As promised, here are the show notes from Jason Bradley’s (of Community Solutions MN) appearance on the Andrew Richter Show for 3/17/11. We’ll post links to the video soon.

Andrew Richter Show notes 

All these transit projects are driven by the goals outlaid in Agenda 21 ( –no time to get into this now, but it’s all about controlling the population through “sustainable development”.  

Sustainable Development is: In 1987, the United Nations released the Brundtland Report, which defines sustainable development as ‘development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’

-That’s a fancy way of saying that we’ve got to control every area of your life, because you’re too dumb to manage it yourself.

-Four “Interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars” of sustainable development as economic development, social development, cultural diversity, and environmental protection” 

Envelops everything: the environment, industry, housing, transportation. 

The Preamble to the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in 1976 : “Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable….”

The Department of Housing and Urban Development prepared a progress report for the U.N. Conference on Human Settlements in 1995, which describes in great detail the features of the “national policy on human settlements.” Here is a sample:

“…Community Sustainability Infrastructures [designed for] efficiency and livability that encourages: in-fill over sprawl: compactness, higher density low-rise residential: transit-oriented (TODs) and pedestrian-oriented development (PODs): bicycle circulation networks; work-to-home proximity; mixed-use-development: co-housing, housing over shops, downtown residential; inter-modal transportation malls and facilities …where trolleys, rapid transit, trains and biking, walking and hiking are encouraged by infrastructures.”

2 types of transportation development:

Development –Oriented Transit: Transportation is designed around existing communities and development. Traditional way of connecting communities.

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD): Transit Oriented Development is considered to be more compact development within easy walking distance of transit stations (about ½ mile) that contain a mix of uses such as housing, jobs, shops, restaurants and entertainment.  TOD creates walkable, sustainable communities that provide more housing and transportation choices for people of all ages. Boost transit ridership and minimize traffic.

This move has come from the top.

Taxed and re-taxed at so many levels.

Obama 2012 budget (

  • Six-year, $556 billion surface transpor­tation reauthorization bill.
  • $119 billion for transit programs, more than doubling the commitment
  • $53 bil­lion to fund the development of intercity and high-speed passenger rail
  • Proposes to reclassify all surface transportation outlays as mandatory spending
  • $4.1 billion for Livable Communities Program, which would provide formula- and grant-based funding for plans and projects that improve the quality-of-life and increase transportation choices in rural and urban areas. 
  • $150 million for communities to develop comprehensive housing and transportation plans for sustainable de­velopment.

Center for Transit-Oriented Development- CTOD has been funded by the federal government to serve as a national clearinghouse for best practices in TOD. and to help develop standards for TOD as well as guidance for transit system planning with the goal of maximizing ridership through planning and development.

 -They are driving the push for TOD across the nation.

Met Council- The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area- 17 member board, appointed by the Governor. The Council has staff of 3,700 and an annual operating budget of about $700 million, 90 percent of which is funded by state appropriations, user fees, and local property taxes.

 -Taxation (at least twice) without representation (appropriations and property taxes)

The Minnesota Legislature established the Metropolitan Council in 1967 to coordinate planning and development within the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Additional legislative acts in 1974, 1976 and 1994 strengthened the Council’s planning and policy roles.

  • Metro Transit
  • Collects and treats wastewater
  • Planning for future growth in the Metro
  • Provides forecasts of the region’s population and household growth
  • Provides affordable housing opportunities
  • Provides planning, acquisitions and funding for a regional system of parks and trails
  • Provides a framework for decisions and implementation for regional systems including aviation, transportation, parks and open space, water quality and water management.

A recent analysis by the Metropolitan Council and its transportation partners shows that two transportation corridors – Southwest and Bottineau – have potential for light-rail transit.

Working off of  the 2030 Transit Master Study- These things are in the works long before you ever hear about it! Do you think they’re open to changing?

The Met Council works with the:

Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)

Five counties – Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington – are members of the Board, and collaborate with the Metropolitan Council. Two counties – Carver and Scott – are ex-officio members.

Hennepin County representatives:

Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Chair


Commissioner Mark Stenglein

Commissioner Gail Dorfman, alternate

11/17/11- The Counties Transit Improvement Board today awarded $148.9 million in grants for projects covering the full spectrum of transitway development across the region.

Where does that money come from?

They work with:

Botineau Boulevard Partnership- Venerable who’s who of mayors, large corporations from along the Northwest Corridor (Downtown Mpls to Maple Grove, along County Road 81), Mike Opat, and the North Metro Mayors Association

  • Who funds this? Not transparent
  • Holds Federal Transportation Administration land use expectations around TOD
  • Long range plan (through 2014)
  • Discontinued pursuit of Bus Rapid transit (BRT) for Light rail (LRT)

Recent Land Use proposal-

  • Reduction in lanes of major streets
  • Loss of street-side access to some homes
  • Closure and restriction of side streets onto affected ones
  • Some major roads become one-ways
  • Penn, Lyndale, and Broadway are some of the streets that will be affected


Bowman belongs to BBP- how can she represent those that disagree, when she was on this board to oversee its completion? Complicit in the central planning process of Crystal, and cannot be for it, and represent your point of view if you’re against it. She should recuse herself from all City Council votes on the issue.

Crystal Comprehensive Plan- sustainable development that hinges on the LRT development.

Bowman- City Council mtg 9/15/09: I referenced the Plan on the City website. She replied, “You are incorrect in assuming that we’re gonna raze the city and put up businesses with rental properties, …er, I mean, condos above it. That’s a little part of the plan”. 

What’s in this plan?

  • It is the policy of the city that the preferred technology for the Northwest/Bottineau Transitway is light rail transit (LRT).
  • Area #2 – Crystal Airport- Closure and redevelopment of the Crystal Airport site are preferred under the current Comprehensive Plan, mainly due to safety concerns (hundreds of housing units in the safety zones) and little local benefit from the facility. The 436 acre airport site (336 in Crystal) offers the greatest opportunity in the northwest suburbs and along the Bottineau transit corridor for significant infill development including new employment centers and housing. For this reason the entire airport site remains a potential redevelopment area.
  • Area #6 – 57xx West Broadway. The dominant property in this area is the Thriftway grocery store, which due to its relatively large parcel size would be essential to redevelopment of the block. Because it comprises a transition from the Crystal Shopping Center to surrounding residential areas, it would be a strong candidate for redevelopment at some point in the future if current trends continue. If redevelopment does occur, the most likely uses would be medium or high density residential or destination office/retail.
  • Area #7 – 6xxx 56th (Bass Lake Road). This area consists of older strip shopping centers on separate parcels with different owners. If redevelopment were to occur, this area would be a good location for a mixed-use development with multi-story residential above ground floor retail/office.
  • Area #14 – West Broadway south of Corvallis Avenue. Medium or high density residential would likely be feasible in the near term on some of the larger sites such as the Crystal Ballroom/former Knights of Columbus property.

 Sound familiar?

That’s just a snapshot. It’s on Crystal’s website:

So the local govt’s run to the “free” federal money for development, which means that the projects have to be in line with the goals of the federal agencies that have adopted the sustainable development models in Agenda 21.

 Not a lost cause. The more light we shed and pressure we apply, the greater chance we stand of winning. Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines. We are at a critical point in defending property rights and maintaining a government run by “the people”, and not layers upon layers of bureaucratic agencies.

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Entry filed under: Brooklyn Park, Community, Crystal, Education, Environment, Mayor, Robbinsdale, Taxation, Transportation.

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