A draft of the MPRB Urban Agriculture activity plan is available for public review and comment between November 6, 2013 and December 21, 2013. The Park Board encourages residents and park users to provide feedback on the draft document, and has made available a brief online survey and comment form to easily gather public opinion.
After reviewing the draft plan, you may respond to a survey or provide general comments online. Print copies of the draft plan are available in recreation centers.
All comments received are public record and will be considered for incorporation into the final plan for Board consideration and adoption in early 2014.
The draft plan was developed through an extensive community engagement process and contains recommendations related to policy, facility, program, and service improvements to better support urban agriculture activities within the park system.
The development of the Urban Agriculture activity plan is supported by the Board of Commissioners and directly linked to the goals of the MPRB Comprehensive Plan.
A Letter from KFNA’s Solarize Kingfield partner Applied Energy Innovations (AEI) is below. KFNA echoes their disappointment in the Solar Rewards application process led by Xcel Energy in 2013 and the lack-of-results of what had promised to be a step forward in providing green energy for neighbors in and around Kingfield Neighborhood.
I am writing to address the issue of moving forward with our shared solar energy goals as this disappointing 2013 solar incentive cycle draws to a close. As you are reading this message, it appears certain Xcel Energy is not going to approve the solar projects AEI submitted in early 2013 with the support of KFNA on behalf of the 10 residential properties in SW Minneapolis for rebate funding this year.
As you may recall, I wrote you a lengthy email in late October expressing my disappointment with Xcel’s poor partnership this rebate cycle.
I don’t want to belabor this point further. As my email from late October expresses, we at AEI have high hopes that Minnesota will have a much more successful, transparent, and well-administered incentive cycle in 2014.
The 2014 rebate cycle holds at least two substantial advantages over 2013:
More money – the combined incentive program for solar in Minnesota contains $20 million. These funds will be renewed each year until 2023.
New management – $15 million of the incentive dollars available will be administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER), rather than by Xcel.
We’re really glad there are more rebate/incentive dollars than ever before. However, the aspect of the 2014 rebate program that has us most hopeful for the future is the change in administration. Here’s why:
Xcel Energy is an investor-owned utility. Xcel’s primary motivation when they make decisions is to maximize returns for their shareholders – not to make the cleanest, most sustainable energy choices. On the other hand, the DER is staffed by committed professionals whose mandate is to distribute rebates and incentives in such a way as to grow solar in Minnesota. DER’s mandate stands in stark contrast with Xcel’s approach to solar rebates.
We fully expect this program to succeed in growing solar more efficiently and rapidly than all prior incentive programs. That’s why I’m asking you to stick with us. AEI is unique among solar installers in the resources we commit to project design and management. We are also unique in the resources we devote to navigating the bureaucratic steps Xcel and government agencies require of solar projects. We do this because we believe energy production and consumption must fundamentally change.
I can’t say this enough – this change in the administration of the rebate program holds great promise for the future of solar in Minnesota, and the future of solar on our community.
If neighbors in Kingfield or beyond are interested in submitting an application for the 2014 Solar Rewards program please have them contact AEI. The sooner we’re in contact with them, the more time we can put into their application.
Dustin Denison, Principal, Applied Energy Innovations
Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling have re-activated a quarterly newsletter. The first issue of our new newsletter, The Clean City Chronicle, is now available. We plan to mail out one issue a year and post the others online. Residents may subscribe to receive the newsletter via email if they choose by signing up on the newsletter webpage: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/solid-waste/about/WCMS1P-116546
We’ve also added a Studies and Reports webpage for residents to quickly and easily find recent studies and reports pertaining to Solid Waste & Recycling.
Keep your neighborhood strong by giving as local as possible on Give to the Max day, Thursday Nov. 14; giving to the Kingfield Neighborhood Association allows KFNA to be able to give back to our neighborhood in fun and helpful ways (think Empty Bowls, So Alive, Experience Nicollet Celebration & Celebrate 38, community gardens, art shows, public art projects like the Quilted Mosaics & Walldogs on Nicollet, Solarize Kingfield, and more!)
As your ultra-focused, Kingfield-centric community building organization that spends all of its time listening and working with you on Kingfield concerns, while also creating opportunities for neighbor collaboration and community building, we’re convinced that KFNA “gives to the max” back to the Kingfield community!
Visit our site and Give to the Max …and see the multitude of creative and fun thank you gifts your volunteer board has put together as a way to thank you for donating on this day!
Learn more about the Seward Co-op organization, the potential Seward Friendship Co-op grocery store site plan, and give your feedback on the proposal.
Date: Wednesday, November 6th
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Sabathani Community Center auditorium – 310 East 38th Street
Spanish translation will be provided. If you or someone you know will be attending needs interpretation in any other language or other accommodations, please contact the Central Neighborhood office at 952-297-4958.
Seward Co-op is proposing a second full-service grocery store on the corner of 38th Street and 3rdAvenue in Minneapolis, at the former site of the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
Since announcing the project in June, Seward has spoken with area neighbors, organizations, and businesses to learn more about the community and begin developing partnerships for the future. These conversations have informed the design process. In the past weeks, Seward has been working with their design team and City planning staff to prepare the preliminary site plan. This is the projects first design milestone.
The site plan is a balance between store operational needs, city code requirements, and what Seward believes will allow the co-op to be a good neighbor for many years to come. At a high level, the site plan proposes:
- A building at the corner of 38th Street and Clinton Avenue with a small second floor for offices along the 38th Street side of the building.
- Fifty-nine parking spaces in the adjacent parking lot at 38th Street and 3rd Avenue. This is a similar ratio of parking-to-building at the Franklin store.
- Vacating the alley at 38th Street, creating a new hammerhead turnaround.
- Generous landscaping
- A space for a future Nice Ride station
To download a PDF version of the preliminary site plan visit the Friendship project page at
Metro Transit is in the early stages of creating a plan to guide the expansion of transit service in the region, particularly for the regular-route bus network. This long-term plan will identify service improvements that best meet local and regional transit goals and will prioritize investment opportunities when additional funding is available.
We invite you to attend a workshop to learn more about the process to develop the plan and to provide input into its content. These workshops will provide background on our transit planning approach, summarize feedback from recent public engagement efforts and allow participants to comment on broad themes and specific service suggestions. In addition, we will be asking for your assistance to help us reach out to the general public. Three identical workshops will be held:
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Brookdale Library, Meeting Rooms ABC , 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Served by Route 722/ Brooklyn Center Transit Center
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Union Depot, 214 East 4th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Served by Routes 21, 54, 65
Thursday, Nov. 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Southdale Library, Full Meeting Room, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina, MN 55443
Served by Routes 6, 537, 538
Please pick the one that is most convenient for you. Space is limited, so please RSVP by contacting Chelsey Armstrong at 612-349-7648 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may have received one of the over 200 Kingfield neighborhood postcards that were sent informing you that the boulevard (the space between the sidewalk and the curb) in front of your property had been identified by neighborhood volunteers as a great place for a new tree!
The postcard requested that you notify KFNA by the end of the day (TODAY) if you do NOT want a tree. For those of you that have e-mailed us or left a voice mail, we have removed your address from the list. If you haven’t yet called, and are not really sure, you will have another opportunity:
Once we have submitted the list of addresses that were identified, the Forestry Division of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will review these locations to determine if they meet their tree placement criteria. The Forestry Division then takes the following steps to notify you, the property owner, BEFORE a tree is planted:
- A white “T” will be painted on the curb to show approximately where the tree will be planted.
- A door hanger will be left to inform you, the property owner, of the proposed planting.
What if you don’t want the tree?
If you inform the Forestry Division that a tree is not wanted BEFORE it is planted, then an effort will be made to not plant the tree. However, if you refuse a tree after it is planted, Forestry will ask you to accept the tree. Relocating a planted tree is expensive and hard on survival. The decision to relocate a tree once it is planted rests solely with the Director of Forestry.
For more information, please go to MPRB’s webpage, How Trees Are Placed: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=531
If you did not receive a postcard, and are interested in having a tree planted on the boulevard in front of your property, please use the same link above to submit your request.