Interesting line here from Rochester City Council Member Mark Hickey's "5th Ward Update":
"You can think of the published DMC Plan as a list of suggestions to the Rochester City Council."
Here's his complete update:
5th Ward Update – 03/08/2015
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Destination Medical Center (DMC): The Destination Medical Center plan took the next step forward with the plan review and public hearing conducted by the Planning and Zoning Commission on February 23rd at the Mayo Civic Center. The City Council will conduct a public hearing on this plan on March 23, 7:00 PM in the Mayo Civic Center Grand Ballroom. This will be your opportunity to provide public input.
The full draft plan is available at the following link as a pdf (DMC Draft Development Plan). This pdf is very large, approximately 108M. The Planning Department has prepared a 44-page summary that provides a nice overview (DMC Plan Summary).
As I said in my last update, not everything in this planning document will be implemented by the Rochester City Council. Although we will approve the overall plan, each individual project has to satisfy a reasonable cost benefit ratio for Rochester taxpayers. You can think of the published DMC Plan as a list of suggestions to the Rochester City Council. Our job now will be to approve those projects that will enhance Rochester , while avoiding those that do not make good economic sense. Public dollars will only go to public projects and no taxpayer money will be used until there has been at least $200 million in private investment.
Rochester Comprehensive Plan:
The current Rochester Comprehensive Plan is almost 40-years old and a complete update is long overdue. The city is currently going through the update process. The comprehensive plan provides the overall guidance for land use while the underlying zoning ordinances spell out the rules in great detail. You can keep up with Rochester's comprehensive plan update process at the city website (Comp Plan Info).
As you may have read in the paper, Rochester is following the lead of several other cities by eliminating dog licenses. While we are eliminating the license, dog owners will still be required to have identification on their pet either through collar tags or by optional micro-chipping. We hope that this new ordinance will be more convenient for pet owners while still allowing the recovery of lost dogs and the identification of dangerous animals.
Security Locked Apartment Complexes:
At the March 2 Council Meeting, we approved the General Development Plan (GDP) for an apartment complex in Southeast Rochester near Fire Station #5. One of the features of this proposed apartment complex is that it will be security locked. This turned out to be controversial. The Post Bulletin ran a front page headline declaring this as Rochester’s first gated community. This is an apartment complex with a five foot wrought iron fence around it. Nobody had a problem with the fence, but some council members and members of the public didn’t want it security locked. I failed to see how this was different than the many dozens of security locked apartment buildings we currently have in Rochester -- many with security locked underground parking. No public streets or sidewalks will be blocked by this development. This is a fence around private property -- apartment buildings and a parking lot. Because of the controversial nature of this project, the city council will be reviewing the appropriateness of fencing and securing private property at a future meeting.
Rain Gardens Grant Writing Workshop:
The following information is from Megan Moeller, the Storm Water Educator for the
City of Rochester Public Works Department:
Did you know the City of Rochester has a cost-share grant program to assist in the creation of residential and community rain gardens? The 2014 Cost-Share Program will award 7 grants for 50% of verifiable costs, up to a maximum of $750 per project! Eligible expenditures for reimbursement through the Cost-Share Grant include the cost of rain garden design, plants, mulch soil amendment, related materials and labor. To be considered for a 2015 Cost-Share Grant, rain gardens must be installed in 2015 on parcels within Rochester’s city limits and outside of utility and drainage easements or road rights-of-way. More information and Realize Rain Gardens Rochester Cost-Share Grant Applications can be found at www.rochesterstormwater.com.
The upcoming Realize Rain Gardens Rochester Cost Share Grant Writing Workshop is designed to help grant applicants understand and complete the Cost-Share Grant Application.
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Place: City Hall Conference Room 104 201 4th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904
This program is FREE of charge.
Please RSVP to email@example.com or 507-328-2440
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