For the record, this is what Phil knew and when he knew it
To update my post regarding DMC, I traded notes and then talked with Phil Wheeler, the city-county planning director. Here's the item I'll plug into the print version (runs Saturday):
What did Phil Wheeler know and when did he know it?
Several people at the Dialogues event asked what the Rochester/Olmsted
planning director and the planning department generally knew about DMC
before the plan was unveiled in January.
Actually, I traded notes with Wheeler late Friday afternoon and got an answer to this one. Wheeler says he first heard of it Jan. 13, when he received the draft plan. The public announcement, in the governor's office in St. Paul, was Jan. 30.
So I guess it depends on your definition of "in the loop" as to whether the city-county planning director was in it.
I asked Phil if he felt he should have been brought in on discussions earlier and he said, "Would I have appreciated more time to consider it? Yes." But he also said the department's projections for employment growth closely match what DMC is predicting, and the legislation requires that DMC development match up with existing master plans.