Planning Commission For Light Rail?

July 10, 2013 at 7:17 am Leave a comment

By Andrew Richter

Talk about scary……Golden Valley is dumb enough to consider forming a “Bottineau LRT Planning Advisory Committee!”

The proposed committee would include community member, city committee members, council members, city staff and Hennepin County staff member.

Member from Hennepin County???

In an effort to guide Golden Valley’s participation in station area planning for two potential Bottineau Light Rail Transit station locations, the Golden Valley City Council may consider putting together a community-type committee.
The formation of a proposed “Bottineau LRT Planning Advisory Committee” is up for discussion at a city manager/council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, in the council conference room in City Hall. Nothing would be officially approved at this meeting.

City staff would not have voting ability on the Committee, but be there in an technical advisory capacity.

The proposed Committee would help refine goals and objectives for planning the station area planning for the station sites in Golden Valley only. The group would recommend planning activities. The station areas are anticipated for Golden Valley Road and Plymouth Avenue and planning for them are a joint partnership between the city of of Golden Valley and Minneapolis and Hennepin County. 

The group must consider the following: conceptual plans for the stations; parking considerations; trail, bicycle and pedestrian access; bicycle storage; lighting; pick up/drop off accommodations. It must also look at connections from station to station; long term land uses in areas surrounding the stations; transit and pedestrian connections to stations and possible adjustments to the city’s planning and zoning requirements.

In other words they will recommend complete streets, high density housing, walkability, bike paths, and mixed use. Same old, same old……

Entry filed under: Agenda 21, City Government, Golden Valley, Hennepin, Transportation.

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