Above the Falls Community Advisory Committee (AFCAC) Meeting to Discuss Regional Park Boundary

Based on the studies and investigative work done on the Upper Harbor Terminal planning project, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is proposing some changes to the current Above the Falls Regional Park boundary. The proposed park boundary will be discussed again at the next AFCAC meeting:

Tuesday, January 8

7:00 p.m.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

2117 West River Road North

This meeting is open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.

Other Upcoming Next Steps

MPRB staff plans to recommend an updated Above the Falls Regional Park Master Plan, including the proposed park boundary, to its Board of Commissioners. At a future meeting (tentatively Wednesday, February 6, 2019) there will be a public hearing where community members can speak directly to commissioners prior to consideration by the MPRB Planning Committee. If passed by the Planning Committee, the updated plan will advance for consideration by the full board. Staff will post the updated master plan for public review prior to board meetings.

The City, MPRB and development team continues to refine input received during the latest round of community engagement into a full Concept Plan (including the park boundary) that will be presented to the Minneapolis City Council for consideration. This process tentatively will begin at the January 22, 2019, meeting of the City Council’s Economic Development and Regulatory Services Committee.

The Concept Plan will allocate which parts of the UHT site will be used for parkland, infrastructure and development parcels. The plan will outline the anticipated phasing of development and a tentative Phase 1 implementation strategy. The basic aspects of the Phase 1 core components (e.g., locations, basic land uses and tentative scale ranges) will be proposed, as will potential land uses that will be explored for later phases of development. The Concept Plan also will identify how much flexibility there will be to refine the plan in the next stage of the planning process without seeking additional Council concurrence.

Additional extensive community engagement will follow approval of the Concept Plan to refine and detail Phase 1 development (including park design and programming) and to make further progress on planning for later phases. Staff work also is under way to identify an updated community engagement plan that will allow a more collaborative planning process moving forward. This plan will also be proposed for Council consideration soon.

Watch for future notices to be sent when specific dates for the above meetings have been set.

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