Robbinsdale Approves TOD

June 24, 2012 at 11:25 am Leave a comment


Agenda 21 is in full force in Robbinsdale as the council voted for Transit Oriented Development. These are the types of things we’ve been warning about. From the Sun Post;

Robbinsdale has plans for a new redevelopment district along West Broadway. Both the Robbinsdale Economic Development Authority and City Council approved the district during June 12 meetings.

Of course the paper neglects to mention that the EDA and the council are made up of the SAME PEOPLE!

“There is some anticipation that there will be development later if the light rail would come to town,” said City Manager and Executive Director for the development authority Marcia Glick. “As long as you’re getting ready for planning for light rail, it’s good to have a framework in place.”

So we are going to use the light rail as an excuse to redevelop. That’s called TOD or transit oriented development.

The area affected by the new development area is from the railroad to Highway 81 and 40th through 42 1/2 Avenues. Within that area, the development authority has identified numerous buildings that could use a major overhaul.

“If we assist them, we are able to recapture the tax increments and that would happen as a result of development,” Glick said.

Recapture tax increments? In other words, you want this development so you can increase your tax dollars and spend more.

The buildings affected may eventually be able to receive grants for future building expenses, she said.

Grant money of course is just tax dollars under a new name. City Councils refer to this as “free money.”

In the past Robbinsdale has had redevelopment areas and was able to assist local businesses with securing pollution cleanups, relocation, construction and renovations. The recently approved redevelopment plan can help give needed boosts to private investments, Glick said.

If you want to improve private investment get the government out of the way of business. Lower fees, taxes, permits, licenses, and shred 2/3 of the city code.

“It could still be a long way off, but we are focused on keeping downtown Robbinsdale vibrant,” she said. “It’s good to have the plan in place for things that could come about in the future.”

Glick said the opportunity for the redevelopment area offers a whole toolbox of ideas that the city could do to help keep Robbinsdale the nice city it is.

“I’m very much in favor,” Councilmember and authority commissioner George Selman said. “With the proposed LRT (light rail), it’s one of the things we don’t have to scramble to do. We can preserve and protect our very cherished downtown area.”

How about you keep it cherished by keeping it the way it is, rather than forcing some businesses out and putting in your stupid high density housing? The paper neglects to mention that Selman is running for mayor (hopefully he loses).

“It will help for these spots,” added Councilmember and authority president pro tem Dan Rogan said. “Hopefully with the adoption of the plan, we will be able to move forward with those.”

So what do we have here? The council of course all support LRT (as usual there is no dissent) and they know that no public transit actually makes a profit. If it did, then the private sector would do it. So they have to develop around the LRT to try and force people to use it. Hence we have TOD.

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