Public Hearings Coming on the Bottinueau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement

April 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment


by Jason Bradley

Here is the Hennepin County press release for the public hearings on the Bottinueau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Please make sure to attend at least one of these meetings. I know “public hearing”, in the past, has meant that the public gets to hear what Hennepin County is going to do despite your opinion. I have heard plenty of stories where folks have been marginalized, shut down, and even brought to another room to “address” concerns away from other interested ears. Yet, these meetings are important. If we don’t show our opposition, they can claim there was none, and look justified. If we don’t make them shut us down, we can’t tell the world about their behavior. We need to make a public display of their willingness to move forward, oblivious to how citizens feel. Just because they are in government, they do not have the right to do as they please to you. Most of these folks are employees, and are not responsible to us for their decisions. You know who is though? Mike Opat and the other Hennepin County Commissioners are responsible, and they can be voted out of office, if people were willing to show their outrage.

 

For release: April 3, 2014

Contact:

Kayla Bromelkamp, Public Affairs, 612-348-8536
Brent Rusco, Public Works, 612-543-0579

News release 

Bottineau Transitway Public Hearings in May 2014

The public is invited to a series of public hearings in May for the Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS). An open house will be held in conjunction with each formal public hearing.

Federal and state environmental rules require an environmental impact statement (EIS) be prepared for the proposed Bottineau Transitway project. The process includes the preparation of a draft EIS which must be made available for public review and comment. The draft EIS discusses the purpose and need for the project, the alternatives considered and the impacts, and the agencies and persons consulted.

The Bottineau Transitway is a proposed project that will provide for transit improvements in the highly-traveled northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities. The Bottineau Corridor generally follows Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81), extending approximately 13 miles from downtown Minneapolis through north Minneapolis to the northwest suburbs of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park.

The public hearings will be hosted by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority.

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Meeting dates and locations

Wednesday, May 7
Golden Valley City Hall
7800 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427
6 to 7 p.m. public open house
7 p.m. formal public hearing

Thursday, May 8
Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. public open house
5:30 p.m. formal public hearing

Tuesday, May 13
Brooklyn Park City Hall
5200 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. public open house
5:30 p.m. formal public hearing

Wednesday, May 14
Crystal Community Center
4800 Douglas Drive
Crystal, MN 55429
5 to 6 p.m. public open house
6 p.m. formal public hearing

All meeting locations are accessible for persons with disabilities.

Comments on the draft EIS will be accepted from April 11 through May 29 and may be submitted the following ways:

  • By speaking in person at a public hearing
  • Filling out a comment form at a public hearing
  • Sending written comments by email to bottineau@co.hennepin.mn.us 
  • Sending written comments by mail using the address:

Hennepin County
Housing, Community Works & Transit
Attn: Bottineau Transitway
701 Fourth Ave. S., Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Documents available for review

The draft EIS document is available for online review at http://www.bottineautransitway.org. Copies of the draft document will also be available for public review at the following locations by April 11:

  • Hennepin County – 701 4th Avenue S., Suite 400, Minneapolis
  • Metropolitan Council – 390 Robert Street North, St. Paul
  • Maple Grove Library – 8001 Main Street, Maple Grove
  • Osseo Library – 415 Central Avenue, Osseo
  • Brooklyn Park Library – 8600 Zane Avenue North, Brooklyn Park
  • Brookdale Library – 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
  • Rockford Road Library – 6401 42nd Avenue North, Crystal
  • Golden Valley Library – 830 Winnetka Avenue North, Golden Valley
  • North Regional Library – 1315 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis
  • Sumner Library – 611 Van White Memorial Boulevard, Minneapolis
  • Hennepin County Public Library – 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis City Hall – 350 South 5th Street, Room 203, Minneapolis
  • Golden Valley City Hall – 7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
  • Robbinsdale City Hall – 4100 Lakeview Avenue North, Robbinsdale
  • Crystal City Hall – 4141 Douglas Drive North, Crystal
  • Brooklyn Park City Hall – 5200 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park
  • Maple Grove Government Center – 12800 Arbor Lakes Pkwy North, Maple Grove

Auxiliary aids, services and communication materials in accessible formats and languages other than English can be provided by contacting Brent Rusco at 612-543-0579 or via email at brent.rusco@hennepin.us. Please make requests no later than two weeks prior to the public hearing date.

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Look for more news on the Hennepin County website at www.hennepin.us/news.

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