1. Call to Order. The workshop session of the Council of the City of Rogers was called to order by Mayor Bunting on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rogers Community Center, 21201 Memorial Drive, Rogers, MN.
Council present: Jay Bunting, Rick Ihli, and Maureen Stanley.Council excused: Don Hall and Darren Jakel.Planning Commissioners present: Martin, Denker, Knapp, Terhaar, Meadows, Swanson, Gorecki and Jullie.Joni Giese, Lance Bernard, and Tom Laiten with SRF, project consultant.
Staff present: Sheila Cartney, City Planner/Econ. Develop. Coord; Stacy Scharber, Assistant City Administrator; John Seifert, Public Works Supt.; Steve Stahmer, City Administrator; and Bret Weiss, City Engineer.
Joni Giese with SRF led the discussion with the City Council and Planning Commissioners sitting in a round-table setting. The following six areas were discussed as part of the workshop:1. Project Introduction and Intent2. Project Tasks and Schedule3. Definition of Project Area4. Meeting Intent: Information Sharing/Gathering5. Downtown Vision6. Givens vs. Variables
Giese proceeded with a PowerPoint presentation identifying the project area. There was a discussion on how the project area was created and which businesses should/should not be included in the project area.
There was a discussion on the following topics:• What is considered "downtown"• If the goals and policies of the comp plan are still applicable• Centralizing city buildings; police not located downtown because of a financial decision• Review of policies A, B and C of the comp plan; are they still in play today• Challenges and barriers to reaching the goals and policies identified in the comp plan:• Financial• Ability to purchase additional property• Mixed use not as favorable for developers; hard to get financed• Vertical mixed use versus horizontal mixed use• Traffic• parking
• The various opportunities were discussed:• That we have a downtown to start with• Catholic Church and their concept plan approval for large campus• Triangle Park• City owned property• What else is needed to make downtown successful?• Destinations• United vision/goal• Cohesive look of downtown area• Discussion on buildings that need to be preserved
Giese discussed examples of other cities that have improved and redeveloped their downtowns, including: Hopkins, Maple Grove, Chaska, Elk River, and St. Michael.
The meeting continued with discussion on downtown concepts from the comp plan, the railroad crossing and 129th avenue alignment, and age and market values of buildings within the study area.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:58 p.m.
Stacy ScharberAssistant City Administrator/City Clerk