Update on Project Activities; Reminder to Apply for Community Committees by April 14

Update on Project Activities

The Upper Harbor Terminal Concept Plan (approved March 1, 2019) will serve as the starting point for the next phase of planning: creating the more detailed Coordinated Plan.

Learn more about the approved Concept Plan

The City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff and the master development team are now preparing to launch this next phase of planning. To ensure an inclusive planning process that includes input from a diverse set of community stakeholders, the City and MPRB are establishing community committees that will be actively involved in the next phase of planning. In addition to seeking applicants, staff is preparing for the review/appointment process and initial meetings.

The City and MPRB will supplement the committee meetings with additional community engagement (non-committee public meetings, focus groups, open houses, increased communications and use of social media and digital tools). A framework for this overall engagement plan and an enhanced communications plan is currently being created. City staff will submit a report to the City Council in May that will recommend appointment of the Community Planning and Engagement Committee (CPEC), seek approval of an overall community engagement framework and provide a report on the warehouse cost-benefit analysis that was requested by the City Council. MPRB is drafting an engagement plan and reviewing it with community members and stakeholder groups and plans to bring a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) composition and charge to the Board in May.

Work is also under way to identify the many questions and topics that must be considered in the upcoming planning process and to lay out an overall work plan and timeline. The bulk of the planning must be completed by the end of 2019 to bring the Coordinated Plan and associated Phase 1 term sheets to the Council for approval by March 31, 2020.

Reminder – Apply Now for City’s and MPRB’s Community Committees!

Applications are open for the two community committees, but will close soon (emailed applications close April 14, and mailed/delivered paper applications are due April 12).

The City’s 15-member Community Planning and Engagement Committee (CPEC) will work with the project team on community engagement, refinement of the Phase 1 plan and visions for future development phases.

Learn more about how to apply for appointment to the City’s CPEC

Concurrently with the City and development team’s work with the CPEC, the MPRB’s 17-member Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will work with the MPRB on park-related components of the UHT planning. This work will include: the park concept plan; aspects of the infrastructure and private developments that impact the adjacent park areas, and the prioritization of potential Phase 1 park improvements.

Learn more about how to apply for appointment to the MPRB CAC

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