After five years, three councils and two planning commissions, The City of Greenfield has submitted its completed Comprehensive Land Use Plan to the Metropolitan Council for review and approval. Voting by the council, on accepting the city’s plan, is currently set for Nov.19. Council plans to have representation present.
The plan in nearly three years behind deadline, guiding property development into 2020. The continued restriction of sizes of 1/11 in residential areas has been repeatedly challenged, delaying the final draft. The entire sitting council would like the opportunity for more density in some areas of the city to help the tax base and attract businesses. The less dense guidelines, it feels, also puts them off the grid for decades in bringing in sewer and water.
PARK AREA SURVEY
At its Oct. 2 meeting, the council discussed platting the city’s park property (on County Rd. 50 and Town Hall Dr.) into two lots and vacating Town Hall Dr. along the park property boundary for a right of way.
City Administrator Kathryn McCullum, recommended to council that it approve ordering a complete survey, the title work needed to get the parcels platted, and a pubic hearing for the street vacation.
After some discussion, the council determined that since the vacation may not be necessary for an undetermined amount of time, it would move forward in approving the survey and title work only at this time.
McCullum reported to the council that it had recently come to her attention that the city did not have a plan in place for dealing with stray or found animals. In further investigations, she found that Greenfield was one of a handful of seven-county metro cities that was not associated with program designed to collect found animals. She recommended Crossroads Kennels. Both Mayor Jerry Hertaus and Councilor Mike Erickson said that they knew of the shelter and approved of it.
McCullum reported that the city would not be charged, all fees would be the responsibility of the pet owner.
The council approved this action.
Erickson, reporting on a recent Rockford Fire Board meeting, told the council that Greenfield was being asked to send a letter to Hennepin County asking that it change the way it dispatched calls.
McCullum further explained that Rockford staff recently send a letter to the county following a motorcycle accident that resulted in a response delay by the Rockford Fire Department due dispatch methods, asking that the Rockford Fire Department, on 24-7 call with first responders, be notified immediately in the event of an accident in its coverage area.
McCullum stated the she would be sending a letter
Councilor Tom Cook reported to council that he had attended a recent North Fork Crow River Watershed meeting, The North Ford watershed included some lakes in
North Fork Crow River Watershed includes some lake in Greenfield. Cook has been involved for the last two years with the Lake Sarah Pioneer Creek Watershed. Both watersheds are working with Minnesota Pollution Correction Agency in an ongoing effort to clean up lakes, including TMDL testing and control actions. Cook said that the scope of the projects is huge, and that it is Greenfield’s best interest to be involved in the planning process now in progress.
The next regular meeting of the Greenfield City Council is Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Dr.