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					                             Minnetonka Mills District
                      Corridor Development Initiative
                            Summary Report and Development Objectives
                                                        August 2009



 Hosted by the City of Minnetonka as a ULI MN/Regional Council of Mayors
Opportuniy City and Twin Cities LISC / Corridor Development Initiative with
                              funding provided by the Family Housing Fund
Minnetonka Mills District
Corridor Development Initiative
Summary Report and Final Recommendations
August 3, 2009


Summary
The Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) partnered with the City of Minnetonka beginning in January through
August 2009 to facilitate a series of community workshops to:
        •	 Develop	objectives	or	criteria	for	the	Minnetonka	Mills	redevelopment	area,	which	will	be	presented	as	
           recommendations to the Minnetonka City Council.
        •	 Strengthen	participation	and	community	involvement	to	inform	larger	city	goals	for	development.

The collaboration between the Corridor Development Initiative and the City of Minnetonka came through
Minnetonka’s	participation	in	the	ULI	/	Regional	Council	of	Mayors’	(RCM)	Opportunity	Cities	Program,	and	with	
funding provided by the Family Housing Fund.

ULI / RCM Opportunity Cities Program
In	addition	to	the	Corridor	Development	Initiative	resources,	the	Opportunity	Cities	Program	provided	a	demographic	
change report on housing and households (2004 – 2007) by Excensus. This analysis established that households in the
City	of	Minnetonka	are	aging,	with	an	increasingly	large	share	concentrated	in	the	middle-aged	(45	–	64)	range.		This	
is	a	shift	brought	about	by	rising	housing	costs,	limited	move-up	options,	and	low	resident	turnover	that	have	combined	
to	close	off	much	of	the	City’s	housing	to	younger	residents.		With	nearly	80	percent	of	its	households	aging	in	place,	
Minnetonka	can	expect	to	see	a	significant	and	steady	increase	in	senior	households	over	the	next	10	–	15	years.		There	


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is	an	economic	cost	to	this	aging.		Demographic	shifts	like	these	over	time	can	destabilize	school	enrollment	levels,	shift	
demand	for	local	commercial	goods	and	services,	and	reshape	resident	need	for	community-based	programs	and	services.		
Initiatives aimed at stimulating turnover and expanding the mix of housing can help mitigate some of these long term
patterns (excerpt from Excensus report about the City of Minnetonka).

The	City’s	goal	in	participating	in	the	Opportunity	Cities	Program	is	to	meet	the	housing	needs	of	a	growing,	aging,	and	
more diverse population.

Minnetonka Mills district: Why the Corridor Development Initiative?
The Minnetonka Mills district is one of eleven village centers located throughout the City of Minnetonka. It is
located	along	the	Minnehaha	Creek	and	is	adjacent	to	Three	Rivers	Park	land.		Bordered	by	Minnetonka	Boulevard	
and	Plymouth	Road,	the	Minnetonka	Mills	district	has	historic	significance,	and	is	treasured	for	its	natural	amenities	
of	wetlands	and	wooded	areas.		The	district	serves	as	a	mix	of	uses,	with	commercial	businesses	along	Minnetonka	
Boulevard,	a	school	on	the	west	end	along	Plymouth,	and	residential	along	the	north	side	of	Plymouth	and	Burwell	
Drive.



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The area has remained unaltered by new development for a number of years. Although there is not a specific
development	plan	before	the	Council,	there	is	development	interest	from	the	private	sector	and	private	property	owners	
and	businesses	in	the	area	are	willing	to	sell	their	properties.		This	creates	a	possibility	of	a	development	project	that	
would not necessarily keep existing housing or replace it with new housing. The City determined that the Corridor
Development Initiative would be a valued resource for determining what future development options might be
considered.		By	utilizing	the	CDI	series	of	community	workshops	to	articulate	community	values	for	the	area,	and	
incorporate	financial	realities	to	potential	development	scenarios,	the	City	of	Minnetonka	would	be	better	positioned	
and informed to guide subsequent development proposals.

In	addition,	the	City	had	received	expressions	of	interest	from	residents	about	being	able	to	participate	earlier	in	the	
development proposal process. They were frustrated that much of the work to define a development proposal had
already been done by the time the community was allowed to participate or did not feel they had a voice before a
developer presented their proposal. The CDI process provided an opportunity for community members to help set the
stage	for	potential	redevelopment,	rather	that	react	to	a	developer’s	proposal.		

Can’t we just turn it into a park?
Residents	wanted	to	know	why	the	City	couldn’t	just	purchase	the	properties	and	turn	the	area	into	a	park.		City	
officials established that the properties in the area would NOT be purchased for parks. The community voted to tax
themselves	a	few	years	ago	to	provide	resources	for	park	upgrades	and	to	purchase	more	park	land,	but	those	resources	
have been committed. Any further tax authorization to purchase more land would not be feasible in the near future. In
addition,	the	land	that	was	identified	for	park	land	did	not	have	existing	structures	on	them.		Those	properties	would	be	
more	expensive	to	obtain,	and	would	involve	demolition	costs.

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Overview of the Corridor Development Initiative Process:
The	Corridor	Development	Initiative	consisted	of	four	community	workshops.		Approximately	115	community	
members	attended	the	workshops,	aimed	at	gathering	input	on	community	values	and	concerns,	and	assessing	likely	
development	scenarios	that	could	meet	those	values.		The	process	involved	a	technical	team	of	facilitators,	designers,	
developers,	and	city	staff	to	inform	and	support	participants	as	they	explored	ideas.		Resulting	from	the	process	was	an	
increased confidence by participants about possible guidelines that could be requested of a developer to enhance the
area for future and current residents. The purpose of the CDI process is to identify a range of development options that
meet	community	goals	and	market	viability,	rather	than	landing	on	one	specific	development	direction	or	product.		

Advisory Group
An Advisory Group was appointed by the City Council to guide the Minnetonka Mills District Corridor Development
Initiative	work	plan	and	community	outreach,	oversee	the	community	workshop	process,	and	review	the	final	report.		
The	objective	was	to	include	a	variety	of	perspectives	to	identify	key	issues,	and	to	provide	a	range	of	interests	as	they	
relate	to	the	Minnetonka	Mills	district.		The	Advisory	Group	met	prior	to,	during,	and	after	the	conclusion	of	the	CDI	
process. Members included:
          •	 Karen	Anderson	(resident)
          •	 Patty	Acomb	(resident)
          •	 Steve	Adams	(planning	commissioner)
          •	 Scott	Bader	(developer)
          •	 Tony	Wagner	(city	council	member	and	EDA	commissioner)
          •	 Denny	Lambert	(park	board)	
          •	 Julie	Wischnack	(city	staff )
          •	 Elise	Durbin	(city	staff )
          •	 Loren	Gordon	(city	staff )




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                You’re invited to a series of innovative and interactive community workshops to explore viable development options for the
                                                                                  Minnetonka Mills District
                                      Save the Dates!                                                    You’re invited to participate in a
                                                                                                         series of community workshops
                                      Gathering Information                Tuesday, April 14, 2009       to guide future development for
                                      Share ideas about housing, commercial development, and             the Minnetonka Mills district.
                                      connections to natural amenities.                                  Attendance at all four events is
                                                                                                         suggested.
                                      Development Opportunities - Block Exercise Tuesday, May 19, 2009   For further information contact:
                                      Participate in an interactive workshop creating development        Julie Wischnack at (952)939-8282 or
                                      alternatives.                                                      jwischnack@eminnetonka.com or
                                                                                                         Elise Durbin at (952)939-8285 or
                                      Developer Discussion – Market Feasibility
                                                                             Tuesday, June 2, 2009       edurbin@eminnetonka.com
                                      Explore opportunities and challenges with a panel of
                                                                                                         Childcare services will be provided by
                                      development experts.
                                                                                                         request only. Please contact Gretchen
                                                                                                         Nicholls at 651-265-2280 one week in
                                      Framing Recommendations                Tuesday, June 16, 2009
                                                                                                         advance of each workshop if you would
                                      Contribute to the creation of development objectives for the
                                                                                                         like to reserve childcare.
                                      Minnetonka Mills area.


                                      All events will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the at the ICA Food Shelf Meeting Room
                                     12990 St. Davids Road, Minnetonka


                                      For more information visit:
                                            www.eminnetonka.com or www.housinginitiative.org

Above is an example of the “save the date” postcard that was sent to residents.



 Community Outreach
 A variety of methods were used to notify the community about the Minnetonka Mills Corridor Development Initiative
 workshops. Information about the public workshops was distributed through:
           •	 A	direct	mailing	of	500	“Save	the	Date”	postcards	announcing	the	series	of	workshops
           •	 Two	articles	in	the	city	newsletter	announcing	the	workshop	series	dates	(distributed	citywide)
           •	 300	flyers	dropped	door	to	door	in	the	Minnetonka	Mills	district	and	surrounding	neighborhoods.
           •	 Posters	located	in	public	gathering	places	in	the	area.
           •	 The	public	access	cable	TV	network.
           •	 The	City	of	Minnetonka	web	site
 Additional	outreach	was	provided	to	community	organizations	(i.e.	League	of	Women	Voters,	Lions	Club,	Rotary	Club,	
 etc.),	the	Chamber	of	Commerce,	and	churches	/	religious	institutions	(flyers).		Child	care	and	translation	services	were	
 available upon request to limit obstacles for participation. All participants that signed in for any of the workshops were
 notified in advance about upcoming sessions by email or phone call.




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Photos of participants at workshop one.

The series of community workshops included:

Workshop I: Gathering Information
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Presentations	were	provided	by	City	staff,	and	design	consultants	about	the	Minnetonka	Mills	district,	and	participants	
were asked to respond to four questions:
        1.) What makes the Minnetonka Mills District interesting or unique?
        	 Themes:	history,	natural	environment,	human	scale,	sense	of	community,	access	/	location.
        2.) What could be accomplished through development that would improve or enhance the area?
        	 Themes:	Social	connections	/	gathering	place,	better	public	access	to	creek,	improved	traffic	/	road,	revitalize	
            businesses,	options	for	smaller	family	size	housing,	preserve	/	improve	trees,	family	destination.
        3.)	What	concerns	for	the	area	do	you	have	as	future	development	occurs?
        	 Themes:	loss	of	history,	negative	impact	on	businesses	during	development,	too	much	density	and	loss	of	
            natural	beauty,	adherence	to	requirements	(trail,	woodland,	flood	plain),	traffic	and	parking.
        4.)	Are	there	specific	needs	(housing,	commercial,	retail,	public	space,	etc.)	in	the	area	for	which	this	place	
            would be a good fit?
        	 Themes:	business	enhancement,	better	access,	“face	lift”,	green	&	preservation,	incorporation	of	what	exists,	
            new	destination	business,	and	new	housing	options.




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Workshop II: Development Opportunities – Block Exercise
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Participants	worked	at	four	tables,	two	that	included	the	larger	study	area	and	two	that	included	the	subset	of	properties	
that	are	currently	being	considered	for	redevelopment,	to	explore	different	development	scenarios.		The	scenarios	were	
presented	to	the	large	group,	and	everyone	discussed	what	they	learned	through	the	exercise.		A	couple	of	the	scenarios	
were within range of being financially viable!

Workshop III: Developer Discussion
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
A	panel	of	developers	that	represented	a	variety	of	development	products	(mixed	use,	senior	housing,	environmentally	
sensitive	development,	and	single	family	housing)	and	a	market	analyst	responded	to	questions	from	participants	
and provided information on the challenges and opportunities of redevelopment for the Minnetonka Mills District.
There was a lot of concern by residents that redevelopment of the area was a foregone conclusion and a strong desire to
preserve the beauty and uniqueness of the area was expressed.

Workshop IV: Framing Recommendations
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Draft	development	objectives	were	reviewed	and	edited	by	participants	to	reach	consensus	for	the	final	
recommendations.		The	final	recommendations	will	be	presented	to	the	City	Council	at	their	August	3,	2009	meeting.




Photos of participants at workshop two.




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Community Participation
Many	stakeholders	participated	in	the	workshops	(the	list	of	participants	is	included	in	the	appendix),	such	as:
       •	 residents	of	the	immediate	area	that	wanted	to	sell	their	properties,	
       •	 residents	of	the	immediate	area	that	wanted	to	stay,	
       •	 residents	from	the	surrounding	area,	
       •	 business	owners,	
       •	 representatives	from	the	Minnehaha	Creek	Watershed	District,	
       •	 representatives	from	the	Three	Rivers	Park,	
       •	 those	who	cared	about	historic	preservation,	
       •	 those	who	cared	about	environmental	protection	and	conservation,	
       •	 and	many	others.			

Several	residents	of	the	immediate	area	would	prefer	that	new	development	not	occur	and	that	the	existing	housing	
remain the way it is. They chose to live in the area because of its existing development mix and wish to maintain it.
Changes to the character of the area would be very discouraging to them.

Everyone acknowledges that change occurs and that the area was different in character before existing housing and
commercial services were there. Everyone also acknowledges that change will continue to occur and impact the area.
However,	change	can	be	hard	and	must	be	done	with	care	for	the	needs	of	those	affected	by	it	and	ensure	limited	
negative change to the existing sense of community.

It must be noted that the City owns a variety of parcels in the area. Two parcels of land are located east of the
commercial	area	on	Minnetonka	Boulevard,	one	of	which	remains	in	public	use.		Two	other	parcels	are	located	along	
Burwell	Drive,	which	have	remained	undeveloped.		


Evaluation Summary of the CDI process
An	evaluation	form	was	distributed	at	each	of	the	four	meetings	in	the	project	series.	The	evaluation	sought	to	assess	the	
degree to which the goals for the evening had been met and asked for specific suggestions for the next meeting. It also
asked	level	of	satisfaction	with	the	meeting	and	overall	project.	About	the	same	number	of	people	completed	evaluations	
for	each	of	the	meetings	(15-18	people).	The	vast	majority	of	respondents	were	very	or	somewhat	satisfied	with	each	of	
the	four	meetings	and	the	project	overall.	




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Individual Meeting Comments
Below	are	common	themes	respondents	reported	having	worked	best	during	each	of	the	four	meetings.

Meeting 1:
        •	   Seeing	neighbors
        •	   Group	sharing/discussion/interaction
        •	   Assumed	that	we	can	make	a	difference/strong	interest.
        •	   Airing	concerns	and	fears	up	front.
        •	   The	facilitator	Barbara	was	EXCELLENT!!!	She	pulled	it	together.
        •	   General	ideas	heaving	different	perspectives.
        •	   All	of	it.

Meeting 2:
        •	   Discussions	at	table,	group	discussion/interaction/participation
        •	   Table	and	large	group	facilitator	did	a	great	job.
        •	   Finding	out	what	people	think/talking	with	and	hearing	others
        •	   Density	discussions
        •	   Hands	on	exercise	with	blocks	and	immediate	feedback.
        •	   Information,	fact	sheets	based	on	questions	from	first	meeting,	
        •	   Positive	ideas.




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Meeting 3:
        •	   Having	existing	owner’s	concerns	for	why	to	redevelop.
        •	   Good	experts,	hearing	the	developers	talk
        •	   Questions	and	answers	by	citizens
        •	   The	facilitator	did	a	good	job	of	facilitating-	getting	as	many	as	possible	to	input

Meeting 4:
        •	 Building	consensus	among	a	multitude	of	diverse	opinions
        •	 Excellent	facilitation
        •	 Good	input	from	the	city	staff.	They	also	took	seriously	their	role	as	listeners	and	opinions	gathers	rather	
           than	telling	us	what	to	think	developers,	&	experts
        •	 Open	discussion,	letting	everyone	participate	and	make	their	voice	heard
        •	 Small	group	discussions
        •	 Changing	the	final	document
        •	 Having	draft	document	to	work	with	helped	shape	discussion
        •	 Conclusion	to	4	meetings
        •	 Overview	&	handouts
        •	 Very	good	process.

Achievement of Goals
The ratings assessing he degree that the goals for each meeting were accomplished were also consistently positive. Each
session	had	four	specific	goals.	Participants	were	asked	to	rank	the	level	of	achievement	for	each	of	them.	Below	is	a	
combined	ranking	of	meeting	goals	over	the	first	three	meetings.	Eighty-five	percent	indicated	that	the	goals	had	been	at	
least somewhat met during each meeting.


                                          Achievement of Goals


                                                  2%
                                    13%




                                                                                                Yes
                                                                              46%
                                                                                                Somewhat
                                                                                                No
                                                                                                No Opinion


                            39%




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Overall Project Recommendation
Participants	were	also	asked	to	indicate	if	they	would	recommend	the	project	to	other	cities.	Only	2	of	the	15	would	not	
recommend	the	project	while	13	indicated	that	they	definitely	or	probably	would	do	so.


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Suggestions for Improvement
Suggestions	for	improvement	and	overall	comments	on	the	project	included	the	following	themes.
        •	 Provide	more	upfront	info/transparency	about	pending	or	proposed	developer
        •	 More	time,	to	prioritize,	write	final	guidelines,	and	work	on	final	consensus	document
        •	 Better	&	broader	area	“community”	notification
        •	 Excellent	model	for	city	involvement
        •	 I’m	pleasantly	surprised	by	the	success	of	the	final	meeting/	product
        •	 You	have	all	done	a	great	job;	really	appreciated	leadership	by	staff	and	consultants
        •	 I	thank	you	for	inviting	us	to	the	meetings	and	to	be	a	part	of	it.	I	like	being	able	to	be	a	part	and	active	
           member of my community and know that I can make a difference.


Observations and Lessons Learned
The purpose of trying the Corridor Development Initiative was to provide an opportunity for community members
to help shape future development rather than simply react to a specific development proposal. The process evoked a
fair	amount	of	skepticism	from	residents	who	believed	that	the	city	favored	development,	or	had	a	“secret	agenda”	to	
increase the tax base at the expense of neighborhood livability. This high level of skepticism may be in part due to a
recent adversarial development review process for the Glen Lake area.


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Was the process worthwhile?
Participants	hesitated	by	saying,	“time	will	tell.”		They	were	interested	in	seeing	what	the	City	decides	to	do	with	the	
recommendations	that	came	out	of	the	process,	and	what	the	final	outcome	will	be.		There	was	widespread	agreement	
that	they	were	pleasantly	surprised	with	the	end	result,	and	how	much	the	group	was	able	to	agree	on.		Many	
commented that the CDI process was a much better approach than other community input processes.

Are the Development Objectives useful?
The	development	objectives	provide	information	on	community	goals	and	values,	and	help	to	discern	what	types	of	
development	would	reflect	those	goals,	informed	by	market	realities.		Examples	are	that	there	was	support	for	green	
development,	and	for	greater	connection	with	existing	trail	systems.		The	development	recommendations	provide	a	
framework for how to think about future development in the Minnetonka Mills district. If development proposals
emerge,	they	can	be	used	to	negotiate	variance	requests	to	achieve	additional	community	goals.		

What are the conditions that would invite redevelopment?
Redevelopment results from a variety of factors that move toward a tipping point. Many involved in the process did not
see	the	need	for	redevelopment	of	the	Minnetonka	Mills	district.		Yet	there	may	be	scenarios	that	would	warrant	greater	
support of redevelopment. What would those scenarios be? It was suggested that the process could try to elicit insight
about	what	conditions	would	be	necessary	for	redevelopment	to	be	embraced	(i.e.	deteriorating	commercial	area,	failed	
businesses,	abandoned	properties,	etc.).

Request for information
It was interesting to find out how much information participants wanted regarding the area to be able to make good
decisions.		The	Advisory	Group	discussed	follow-up,	which	then	became	habit	before	each	meeting.	It	was	suggested	
that	next	time	this	was	done	that	a	pre-open	house	before	the	meetings	could	be	offered	to	new	participants	or	to	those	
wishing for information from the previous meeting(s).

Bringing new participants into the process
At	each	subsequent	workshop	there	were	new	people	that	hadn’t	been	to	the	prior	sessions.			Because	the	process	
was	different	from	what	they	have	experienced	in	the	past,	it	was	hard	for	participants	to	understand.		Although	the	
facilitator	and	city	staff	tried	to	provide	an	update	or	overview	of	the	process	to	date,	many	were	confused	or	even	
misinformed about the purpose and intent of the workshops. The importance of a thorough recap at the beginning of
each	meeting	was	clear,	particularly	for	new	people.		Perhaps	a	pre-open	house	(15	minutes)	could	be	offered	for	new	
participants prior to the meeting to help orient people to what was covered in previous sessions.

How long should the process go?
The Corridor Development Initiative is designed to take place within four workshop sessions to provide for an efficient
yet	in-depth	conversation	about	development	and	design.		Many	times	cities	will	host	one	meeting	for	public	input,	
which	doesn’t	allow	for	information	to	be	processed	adequately.		Some	participants	recommended	that	the	process	
be extended over a greater number of meetings to allow for full discussions about important topics. Many planning
processes do extend over a number of months to gather input. The difficulty with longer processes is that it is difficult
to have consistent participation over time. In the end the Advisory Group was satisfied that the four workshops were
sufficient,	and	provided	enough	time	to	achieve	a	useful	result.		




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In	its	essence,	the	Corridor	Development	Initiative	is	a	trust	building	exercise	that	brings	diverse	interests	together	to	
share perspectives and find common ground. The process creates the opportunity for people to discover and strengthen
a	voice	of	compromise,	and	to	witness	a	way	for	diverse	interests	to	achieve	a	shared	vision.

Conclusion
The Corridor Development Initiative submits the attached recommendations to the Minnetonka City Council for your
consideration regarding the Minnetonka Mills district.


Attachments:
     A. Minnetonka Mills Development Guidelines
     B.	 Fact	Sheet
     C.	Map	of	the	Minnetonka	Mills	Study	Area
     D. Overview of the Corridor Development Initiative
     E. Minnetonka Mills Development Wish List (Workshop I)
     F.	 Block	Exercise	Summary	Sheets	(Workshop	II)
     G. Panel Discussion Meeting Notes (Workshop III)
     H. Evaluation summaries for each CDI workshop
     I. Attendance list for the Minnetonka Mills CDI workshops
     J.	 Announcement	/	publicity	flyer	for	the	Minnetonka	Mills	CDI	workshops




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Appendix A: Minnetonka Mills District /Corridor Development Initiative
Development Objectives
August 3, 2009

Minnetonka
Located	in	Hennepin	County	just	eight	miles	west	of	Minneapolis,	Minnetonka	is	a	fully	developed	suburban	
community	of	51,480	residents,	making	it	the	14th	largest	city	in	Minnesota.	
Minnetonka	is	proud	of	its	reputation	as	a	city	that	preserves	it	natural	resources	–	residents	can	enjoy	42	community	
parks,	more	than	40	miles	of	trails	and	more	than	1,000	acres	of	public	open	space,	as	well	as	natural	scenery	that	
includes	mature	trees,	wetlands,	and	prairies.	
While	Minnetonka	shares	its	name	with	the	very	popular	Lake	Minnetonka,	the	city	of	Minnetonka	includes	only	one	
small	bay	of	the	lake	–	Gray’s	Bay,	which	forms	the	headwaters	of	Minnehaha	Creek.
Eleven village centers located throughout the city offer a variety of focus points for retail and services.

Minnetonka Mills District:
The Minnetonka Mills district is one of eleven village centers located throughout the City of Minnetonka. It is
located	along	the	Minnehaha	Creek	and	is	adjacent	to	Three	Rivers	Park	land.		Bordered	by	Minnetonka	Boulevard	
and	Plymouth	Road,	the	Minnetonka	Mills	district	has	historic	significance,	and	is	treasured	for	its	natural	amenities	
of	wetlands	and	wooded	areas.		The	district	serves	as	a	mix	of	uses,	with	commercial	businesses	along	Minnetonka	
Boulevard,	a	school	on	the	west	end	along	Plymouth	Road,	and	residential	along	the	north	side	of	Plymouth	Road	and	
Burwell	Drive.


Development Objectives

I. Preserve Minnetonka Mills with mixture of residential and commercial uses
        A.	Provide	multi-generational	destinations.
        B.	 	Any	commercial	and	residential	development	or	redevelopment	design	will	seek	to	reflect	and	enhance	the	
            historic nature of the Minnetonka Mills area.
        C.	Create	engaging	pedestrian-friendly	streetscapes	that	connect	the	commercial	area	along	Minnetonka	
            Boulevard	and	the	surrounding	park	/	trail	system.
        D. Design and site orientation must be respectful of residential and commercial uses.
        E.	 Foster	small,	independent	businesses
        F. Consider impact on existing neighborhood character.
        G.	Maintain	the	commercial	area	only	on	the	south	side	of	Minnehaha	Creek	with	buildings	not	to	exceed	35	
            feet.
        H. Encourage staging any commercial redevelopment so that current businesses can stay open during any
            reconstruction.
        I. Encourage views to Minnehaha Creek.

II. Assess and/or enhance public connections to natural amenities
        J.	 Capitalize	on	the	natural	characteristics	of	the	site	(i.e.	Minnehaha	Creek)	for	public	access,	views,	and	
            gathering places.
        K.	Connect	area	(housing,	commercial,	institutional	uses)	to	the	regional	system	of	trails	and	create	public	




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           gathering places and access to the creek.
        L. Preserve as many trees as possible.
        M. Maximize existing connections in the new park system.
        N.	Encourage	possibilities	to	connect	Big	Willow	trail	system	to	Burwell	Park	trail	system	as	part	of	any	new	
           development.

III. Consider high quality development compatible with the other categories
        O. Options to consider include:
        	 •	 Mixed	use	residential	/	small	scale	retail
        	 •	 Housing	options	compatible	with	current	neighborhood	scale
        	 •	 Sustainable	or	green	development	(may	include	elements	such	as	a	green	roof )
        	 •	 New	housing	to	enable	the	maximum	public	green	space	along	the	creek	through	compact	residential		 	
                 development.
        P.	 Off-street	parking	is	to	be	provided	behind	or	beside	buildings	along	Minnetonka	Boulevard.
        Q. Utilize green technologies in development to support environmental goals
        R. Incorporate design elements that help to enhance the visual appeal of the area through high quality
            materials,	plantings,	public	art,	ornamental	lighting,	and	other	interesting	features	to	enhance	the	sense	of	
            place.
        S.	 A	comprehensive	study	of	current	occupancy	and	need	of	senior	housing	for	the	city	of	Minnetonka.
        T. Protect existing neighborhood scale through the use of buffers or gradation of height.
        U.	 If	redevelopment	occurs,	include	affordable	housing	consistent	with	city	guidelines.

IV. Preserve, enhance and restore natural resources of the Minnetonka Mills district
        V.	 	Minimize	the	impact	the	proposed	land	use	will	have	on	the	natural	resources	of	the	Minnetonka	Mills	
            district through:
                 a. Tree preservation
                 b. Use of innovative storm water practices that reduce the volume of stormwater runoff
                 c. Limit new storm sewer discharges into the creek
                 d. Increase structural setbacks from the creek where practical and feasible
                 e. Preserve and restore wildlife habitat
                 f. Use native vegetation for landscaping




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Appendix B: 
 
 Fact Sheet 
Appendix B: Fact Sheet
  
Q: What does the city’s Comprehensive Guide Plan say about this area?
 Q:  What does the city’s Comprehensive Guide Plan say about this area? 
A:		In	2008,	the	city	updated	its	Comprehensive	Guide	Plan,	which	is	the	city’s	long	range	plan	to	guide	development	
 A:  In 2008, the city updated its Comprehensive Guide Plan, which is the city’s long range 
over	the	next	20	years.		The	Burwell	Drive	area	is	guided	for	low	density	residential	(up	to	4	units	per	acre)	and	the	
 plan to guide development over the next 20 years.  The Burwell Drive area is guided for 
area	along	the	north	side	of	Minnetonka	Boulevard	is	guided	commercial.		In	this	plan,	the	Minnetonka	Mills	area	
 low density residential (up to 4 units per acre) and the area along the north side of 
is	identified	as	a	village	center.		Land	uses	and	site	improvements	are	to	capitalize	on	the	creek	and	not	degrade	it;	
 Minnetonka Boulevard is guided commercial.  In this plan, the Minnetonka Mills area is 
incorporate	sustainable	design	practices;	provide	safe	access	to	Minnetonka	Boulevard;	and	create	connections	to	trails,	
 identified as a village center.  Land uses and site improvements are to capitalize on the 
parks and the creek.
 creek and not degrade it; incorporate sustainable design practices; provide safe access 
 to Minnetonka Boulevard; and create connections to trails, parks and the creek.  




                                                                                                                    
  
  
Q: What is happening with the Minnehaha Creek Corridor planning?
 Q:  What is happening with the Minnehaha Creek Corridor planning? 
A:		The	city,	Minnehaha	Creek	Watershed	District,	and	Three	Rivers	Park	District	have	been	working	since	2007	on	
 A:  The city, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, and Three Rivers Park District have 
creating a shared vision for the Upper Minnehaha Creek corridor through Minnetonka.
 been working since 2007 on creating a shared vision for the Upper Minnehaha Creek 
Three	neighborhood	meetings	were	held	to	review	the	Upper	Minnehaha	Creek	Corridor	concept	plans	on	January	31,	
 corridor through Minnetonka.  
2008	and	February	7,	2008,	an	estimated	90	residents	attended.		Additionally,	a	joint	meeting	of	the	Minnetonka	Park	
  
Board,	EDA,	History	Commission	and	Historical	Society	was	held	on	January	31,	2008;	and	a	community-wide	open	
 Three neighborhood meetings were held to review the Upper Minnehaha Creek 
house	was	held	on	February	21,	2008.	An	estimated	25	people	attended	the	open	house.	
 Corridor concept plans on January 31, 2008 and February 7, 2008, an estimated 90 
 residents attended.  Additionally, a joint meeting of the Minnetonka Park Board, EDA, 


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community‐wide open house was held on February 21, 2008. An estimated 25 people 
attended the open house.  
 
Overall, reaction to the concept plans was extremely favorable. As was the case with 
park renewal planning, concerns generally related to site‐specific issues, which can be 
Overall,	reaction	to	the	concept	plans	was	extremely	favorable.	As	was	the	case	with
addressed as detailed planning proceeds.   
park	renewal	planning,	concerns	generally	related	to	site-specific	issues,	which	can	be
 
addressed as detailed planning proceeds.
One of the first projects to come out of this visioning is the development of the 
Minnetonka Mills Park (the area between I‐494 and the Burwell House/Plymouth Road).  
One	of	the	first	projects	to	come	out	of	this	visioning	is	the	development	of	the	Minnetonka	Mills	Park	(the	area	
The Park Board reviewed a refined master plan for the Minnetonka Mills Park at their 
between	I-494	and	the	Burwell	House/Plymouth	Road).		The	Park	Board	reviewed	a	refined	master	plan	for	the	
June 3, 2009 meeting. 
Minnetonka	Mills	Park	at	their	June	3,	2009	meeting.
 
The	Minnehaha	Creek	Watershed	District	has	expressed	interest	in	building	an	interpretative	center	along	the	creek,	
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has expressed interest in building an 
west	of	Big	Willow	Park	and	east	of	the	Minnetonka	Mills	District.		The	timeframe	on	this	project	is	unknown	and	
interpretative center along the creek, west of Big Willow Park and east of the 
there are no plans at the present time.
Minnetonka Mills District.  The timeframe on this project is unknown and there are no 
plans at the present time. 
More	information	on	the	Minnetonka	Mills	Corridor	Development	Initiative,	2008	Comprehensive	Guide	Plan	
 
update,	and	the	Minnehaha	Creek	Corridor	Planning	can	be	found	on	the	city’s	website	at	www.eminnetonka.com.		




                                                                                                                           
                                                           
More information on the Minnetonka Mills Corridor Development Initiative, 2008 
Comprehensive Guide Plan update, and the Minnehaha Creek Corridor Planning can be 
Q: What are the regulations regarding this property?
A:		There	are	multiple	sets	of	regulations	that	apply	to	this	property	including:		zoning,	shoreland,	wetland,	flood	plain,	
found on the city’s website at www.eminnetonka.com.   
stormwater	and	the	tree	ordinance.				While	these	are	technically	all	very	detailed	ordinances,	there	will	be	an	overview	
 
of	the	parameters	of	“buildability”	at	the	workshop.		It	is	important	to	note	that	whenever	redevelopment	occurs,	it	is	
Q:  What are the regulations regarding this property? 
not uncommon to amend the land use controls for the property or to utilize a planned unit development zoning process
A:  There are multiple sets of regulations that apply to this property including:  zoning, 
for review.
shoreland, wetland, flood plain, stormwater and the tree ordinance.    While these are 
technically all very detailed ordinances, there will be an overview of the parameters of 
“buildability” at the workshop.  It is important to note that whenever redevelopment 


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Q. What is a PUD (planned unit development)?
A.		A	PUD	is	a	specific	zoning	classification	(instead	of	R1	residential	or	B2	commercial)	which	the	purpose	of	the	
district is to provide a district which will encourage the following:

        1)	 flexibility	in	land	development	and	redevelopment	in	order	to	utilize	new	techniques	of	building	design,	
            construction	and	land	development;
        2)	 provision	of	housing	affordable	to	all	income	groups;
        3)	 energy	conservation	through	the	use	of	more	efficient	building	designs	and	sitings	and	the	clustering	of	
            buildings	and	land	uses;
        4) preservation of desirable site characteristics and open space and protection of sensitive environmental
            features,	including	steep	slopes,	poor	soils	and	trees;
        5)	 more	efficient	and	effective	use	of	land,	open	space	and	public	facilities	through	mixing	of	land	uses	and	
            assembly	and	development	of	land	in	larger	parcels;
        6)	 high	quality	of	design	and	design	compatible	with	surrounding	land	uses,	including	both	existing	and	
            planned;
        7) sensitive development in transitional areas located between different land uses and along significant
            corridors	within	the	city;	and
        8) development which is consistent with the comprehensive plan.

Q. What are the height restrictions for this area?
A.		The	zoning	regulations	limit	the	height	of	commercial	buildings	to	35	feet	or	two	stories,	whichever	is	less.		
Residential	buildings	are	also	limited	to	35	feet.		Although	the	maximum	height	is	35	feet,	the	shoreland	management	
overlay	district	outlines	criteria	by	which	to	assess	a	variance	request:		proximity	to	the	public	water;	screening	of	
structures	and	vehicles	as	viewed	from	the	water	in	summer	leaf-on	conditions;	amount	of	open	space;	amount	
and	location	of	water	quality	treatment	systems	that	are	beneficial	to	the	receiving	public	water;	and	methods	that	
implement	shoreland	management	strategies	to	protect	the	public	water,	which	may	include	vegetative	protection	and	
enhancement,	creation	of	wildlife	habitat,	or	water	quality	enhancement	strategies.

Q. What about eminent domain?
A.		This	excerpt	is	taken	from	the	Minnesota	Legislative	Library	and	is	current	as	of	July	2009:		“Eminent	domain	is	the	
power of government to take private property for public use. The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment	of	the	U.S.	
Constitution	says	that	private	property	may	not	be	taken	for	public	use	without	just	compensation.	Similar	provisions	
exist in the Minnesota Constitution (Article	l,	Section	13 and Article	13,	Section	4).
Traditionally	eminent	domain	has	been	used	to	acquire	land	for	such	public	uses	as	roads,	public	buildings,	and	parks.	In	
recent	years,	the	trend	has	been	to	use	eminent	domain	for	economic	development	purposes	or	as	a	tool	for	redeveloping	
blighted	areas.	In	some	instances,	rather	than	acquiring	land	for	a	specific	public	works	project,	local	governments	have	
been	taking	land	from	one	private	owner	and	giving	it	to	another	private	owner,	reasoning	that	the	new	development	
will	be	economically	beneficial	to	the	residents	of	the	community,	even	if	it	is	a	private	development.	The	issue	of	
whether such public benefits can be considered a public use under the federal Takings Clause was at the center of the
Kelo v. City of New London	U.S.	Supreme	Court	decision	in	June	2005.	The	court	ruled	that	the	city	of	New	London’s	
economic development plan qualified as a public use within the meaning of the Takings Clause.
Concern	over	this	ruling	-	and	especially	the	interpretation	of	the	phrase	“public	use”	-	led	to	calls	for	clarification	of	
Minnesota’s	existing	laws.	The	2006	Minnesota	Legislature	responded	by	passing	Laws of Minnesota 2006, chapter
214.	The	law	states	that	“eminent	domain	may	only	be	used	for	a	public	use	or	public	purpose”,	and	further	clarifies	
that	the	“public	benefits	of	economic	development,	including	an	increase	in	tax	base,	tax	revenues,	employment,	or	


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general	economic	health,	do	not	by	themselves	constitute	a	public	use	or	public	purpose”.	Other	issues	addressed	are	
condemnation	for	blight	mitigation	or	contamination	remediation,	local	government	public	hearing	requirements,	and	
compensation	procedures.”

Q. What about trees in the area?
A.		Portions	of	the	Big	Willow	Park	are	noted	as	“oak	woodland	brushland”	as	identified	by	the	city’s	natural	resource	
mapping.		There	are	also	a	variety	of	mature	species	within	the	Burwell	Drive	area.		The	city	recently	adopted	a	tree	
preservation ordinance which details conservation standards for trees within new development/redevelopment. Those
standards	do	not	apply	to	individual	homeowner	projects,	additions,	etc.		

Q. What are the traffic impacts?
A. All development of a certain size is required to analyze pre and post traffic conditions. Depending on the type
of	development	and	the	intensity,	the	city	engages	in	a	traffic	analysis	with	a	consultant.		The	consultant	analyses	the	
impacts	and	determines	whether	improvements	can	be	made	to	mitigate	the	additional	trips	from	the	project.	




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Introduction
The	Corridor	Development	Initiative	(CDI)	is	a	nationally	award-winning	process	designed	to	help	cities,	
neighborhoods,	and	developers	work	together	more	proactively	in	planning	and	development	along	major	corridors.		
The	CDI	process	brings	a	technical	team	of	design	experts,	development	consultants,	and	facilitators	to	explore	
development options with city and community stakeholders. The heart of the process involves an interactive exercise
that	gives	participants	a	hands-on	opportunity	to	consider	different	housing	and	mixed-use	options	on	identified	
opportunity	sites,	and	instantly	run	the	numbers	to	determine	whether	the	project	would	be	financially	viable.

Sponsored by:
City of Minnetonka – as a ULI MN / Regional Council of Mayors Opportunity City
Twin	Cities	LISC	/	Corridor	Development	Initiative

With funding provided by the Family Housing Fund.

The CDI technical team includes:
     	 Gretchen	Nicholls,	Twin	Cities	Local	Initiatives	Support	Corporation	(LISC)	–	Project	Coordinator
     	 Barbara	Raye,	Center	for	Policy	Planning	and	Performance	–	facilitation,	community	outreach,	and	
        evaluation
     	 Alan	Arthur,	Aeon	–	financial	analysis	and	development	
     	 Katie	Thering,	independent	consultant	–	Block	Exercise	support
     	 Michael	Byrd,	independent	consultant	–	design	
     	 Dan	Marckel,	independent	consultant	-	design	


Advisory Group Members (appointed by City Council to advise the process):
     •	 Karen	Anderson	(resident)
     •	 Patty	Acomb	(resident)
     •	 Steve	Adams	(planning	commissioner)
     •	 Scott	Bader	(developer)
     •	 Tony	Wagner	(city	council	member	and	EDA	commissioner)
     •	 Denny	Lambert	(park	board)	
     •	 Julie	Wischnack	(city	staff )
     •	 Elise	Durbin	(city	staff )
     •				Loren	Gordon	(city	staff )




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Four community workshops were scheduled between April and June 2009:

Workshop I: Gather Information
Tuesday,	April	14,	2009
6	–	8	pm
ICA	Food	Shelf	Meeting	Room,	12990	St.	Davis	Road,	Minnetonka
What do we know about the historic Minnetonka Mills area to date? How can future development enhance the
surrounding	Three	Rivers	Park	and	Minnehaha	watershed	district?		What	are	the	concerns	about	future	development,	
and what do we want to achieve through development?

Workshop II: Development Opportunities – The Block Exercise
Tuesday,	May	19,	2009	
6	–	8	pm
ICA	Food	Shelf	Meeting	Room,	12990	St.	Davis	Road,	Minnetonka
Join your neighbors in an interactive workshop to create feasible development scenarios for the Minnetonka Mills site.
Design and development experts will be on hand to share ideas and insights.

Workshop III: Developer Discussion
Tuesday,	June	2,	2009
6	–	8	pm
ICA	Food	Shelf	Meeting	Room,	12990	St.	Davis	Road,	Minnetonka
Explore	the	opportunities	and	challenges	of	development	with	a	panel	of	developers,	park	and	city	representatives	to	
build a strategic road map for the future of Minnetonka Mills.

Workshop IV: Framing Recommendations
Tuesday,	June	16,	2009
6	–	8	pm
ICA	Food	Shelf	Meeting	Room,	12990	St.	Davis	Road,	Minnetonka
Contribute	to	the	creation	of	development	recommendations	for	the	Minnetonka	Mills	district,	which	will	be	
submitted to the City Council.

Final	recommendations	will	be	submitted	to	the	City	Council	on	August	3,	2009.




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Appendix E: Minnetonka Mills Development Wish List (Workshop I)

1) What makes the Minnetonka Mills District interesting or unique?
Themes:	history,	natural	environment,	human	scale,	sense	of	community,	access/location
      •	 The	creek-ecological	essence
      •	 History (burwell house)
      •	 Wet land wildlife living in county
      •	 Ability to avoid big stores by shopping at mills
      •	 Interconnection of trails
      •	 Access to freeway and downtown
      •	 Bike	trail
      •	 Historic district
      •	 Diversity population buildings
      •	 Type of commercial area
      •	 Trail system
      •	 Sense	of	community	
      •	 Parks
      •	 Water way –urban/suburban
      •	 Community focused area
      •	 Historically and culturally linked
      •	 Businesses
      •	 Human scale and interaction
      •	 Feel like community
      •	 Natural beauty

2) What could be accomplished through development that would improve or enhance the area?
Themes:	social	connections/gathering	place,	better	public	access	to	creek,	improved	traffic/road,	revitalize	businesses,	
options	for	smaller	family	size	housing,	preserve/improve	trees/trails,	family	destination
       •	 Better	access	to	the	creek
       •	 More trails
       •	 More businesses (no big box small/independent)
       •	 Suited	for	reduced	family	sizes
       •	 Build	social	connection
       •	 Preserve trees
       •	 Road/	traffic	flow	parking	bike	paths
       •	 Water wheel should turn on carwash
       •	 Restaurant? What about parking
       •	 Creek	park	centered	access	to	commercial,	housing,	and	park	trails.
       •	 Aesthetic improvement to commercial area
       •	 Family destination which fits character of Minnetonka Mills
       •	 Preserve	public	access	to	creek,	views	and	gathering	foot	traffic	friendly
       •	 Gathering place and access to creek


	3) What concerns for the area do you have as future development occurs?
Themes:	loss	of	history,	negative	impact	on	businesses	during	development,	too	much	density	and	loss	of	natural	beauty,	
adherence	to	requirements	(trail,	woodland,	flood	plain),	traffic	and	parking
       •	 Preserve creek side as public space

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       •	   Traffic patterns/parking for business
       •	   Maintain historical connection
       •	   Limit business impact during development
       •	   Access to housing
       •	   Block	big	box	chains
       •	   Should	anyone	build	on	flood	plain	
       •	   Losing that small town feel
       •	   What if builder runs out of money
       •	   Will development enhance our properties
       •	   Traffic on Plymouth road and other places
       •	   Flood plain understanding
       •	   Density issues/over development
       •	   Woodland preservation
       •	   Trail preservation
       •	   Wildlife environment
       •	   Existing creek plan
       •	   City	should	own	shoreline	of	creek	through	project
       •	   Mcmansions
       •	   Preservation of park space passive recreation
       •	   No track development
       •	   Increased traffic ugly parking
       •	   Privacy
       •	   Too high density maintain beauty of area height restrictions

4) Are there specific needs (housing commercial retail public space etc) in the area for which
this study would be a good fit?
Themes:	business	enhancement,	better	access,	“face	lift”,	green	&	preservation,	incorporation	of	what	exists,	new	
destination	business,	and	new	housing	options

       •	   Improve retail (beauty location defined by us) erosion control repaving roads and more parks
       •	   How to incorporate public access into private development
       •	   “Green	“	Development	to	insure	preservation	
       •	   Respect private property rights balance
       •	   Incorporate	enhance	existing	infrastructure	trans,	parks
       •	   Pud-	Burwell	Dr.
       •	   Small	scale	commercial	
       •	   Individuality of layout and design
       •	   Human	scale	–limit	multistory,	preserve	tree	canopy	
       •	   Face	lift-attractive
       •	   Water	treatment	and	flood	mitigation
       •	   No subsidizing housing
       •	   Independent fine dining offering
       •	   Business	on	both	sided	of	the	creek
       •	   Explore/experimental with housing options
       •	   Better	access/use	of	trails
       •	   More businesses more foot traffic
       •	   Downtown	excelsior	(Sanabel	example15	years	ago	Carmel,CA)
       •	   Fit the setting


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Appendix I. Attendance list for the Minnetonka Mills CDI workshops
 Minnetonka Mills District
 Corridor Development Initiative
 Workshop Attendance

 Wkshp I     Wkshp II   Wkshp III Wkshp IV First Name Last Name      Organization        Address                          Phone           Email
    X                                X         Jerry  Aamot                              13451 McGinty Rd E, Mtka 55305   952-933-8423
    X                                X      Barbara Aamot                                13451 McGinty Rd E, Mtka 55305   952-933-8423
    X            X         X         X         Tom    Aasen                              12915 Burwell Drive              952-933-3031    taasen@scicom.com
                 X                          Andriana Abariotes       LISC
     X           X         X         X        Patty   Acomb                               3125 Frear Drive                952-933-3387    pattyacomb@yahoo.com
                 X                   X        Craig Acomb                                 3125 Frear Drive                952-933-3387
     X           X         X         X        Steve Adams            City of Minnetonka (planning commission)
     X                     X                  Israel Alguindique                          12838 Burwell Drive             612-423-4576    ialguindigue@gmail.com
                                     X         Dick   Allendorf
     X           X         X         X        Karen Anderson                             3311 Martha Lane                952-938-2808     kj.anderson@comcast.net
     X                               X       Beverly Baker                               12900 St Davis Rd               952-935-7526
     X                                        Karen Baker                                4000 Huntingdon Dr.             952-303-3893     klbaker@usa.net
                           X         X        Terry Barnes           neighbors           12950 St. Davids Road           952-933-6932     kbar264@aol.com
                           X                  Kevin Barnes           neighbors           12950 St. Davids Road           952-933-6932     kbar264@aol.com
                                     X        Cathy Bennett          ULI MN                                              651-257-4613     cathycbennett@frontiernet.net
     X                     X         X        Linda Bonine           resident          3000 Atwood Drive, Mtka 55305     952-938-3767
                                     X         Ron    Buchanan                         3033 Chase Ave                    952-938-0474
                 X         X         X        Clark Bugman                             3307 Plymouth Rd (3840 Penium Ct. N
                                                                                                                         673-559-6988     ubcon@aol.com
                 X         X         X         Inez   Bugman                           3307 Plymouth Rd                                   ubcon@aol.com
                 X                             John   Cheleen        Planning Commission
                                     X           ?    Corenkic (?)
                                     X        Anna    Cullin Smith                       2510 Oakland Rd                   952-994-2264
     X                                         Kay    Cunningham                         12852 Burwell Drive               952-988-5892   kcitemp@comcast.net
                           X                    Jen   Danielson                          3514 Sunrise Dr W                 952-681-2290   jenniferleedanielson@gmail.com
     X                                          Tim   DeMars         resident            12925 Burwell Drive
                                     X         Mary   Denton                             1351 Wentworth Trail              952-938-4464
                                     X          Bill  Denton                             1351 Wentworth Trail              952-938-4464
     X           X         X         X         Tom    DiTasto                            4017 Tonkawood Rd                 952-933-1310   tomdit@comcast.net
                                     X         Lois   Ebet                               3033 Chase Ave                    952-938-0474
     X           X         X                  Dave    Edwards                            3321 Plymouth Rd                  952-933-4697   ruth.edwards@medica.com
     X           X         X                   Ruth   Edwards                            3321 Plymouth Rd                  952-933-4697   ruth.edwards@medica.com
                                     X       Cheryl Eischens                             3165 Vicki Ln                     952-938-5108   meischens@comcast.net
     X                                         Bob    Ellingson      City Council        13901 Kinsel Rd                   952-931-3065   robert.ellingson@state.mn.us
                 X         X                   Rick   Fenske         Weis Builders       7645 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls MN 55443 612-243-5000   rickfenske@weisbuilders.com
     X           X         X                   Kim    Fons                               3487 Orchard Lane                 952-912-0861   kimfons@aol.com
                 X                          Jerome Fons                                  3487 Orchard Lane                 952-912-0861   kimfons@aol.com
     X                                         Mark   Francis                            3606 Plymouth Rd                  952-938-0802   francfam@usfamily.net
     X           X         X         X        Steve Fuller                               13515 Minnetonka Drive            952-938-2504   fullersja@msn.com
     X           X         X         X          Jan   Fuller                             13515 Minnetonka Drive            952-938-2504   fullersja@msn.com
     X                                          Ed    Furness
     X                     X         X        Diane Furness                              3420 Creekview Terrace                           dvfurness@yahoo.com
                           X         X        Sheila Goldstein                           3013 Cedar Crossing              952-544-0285    baubieshe@aol.com
                                     X         Deb    Greeley                            3723 Farmington Rd.
                 X         X         X       Amber Greves            City Council
     X                     X         X      Claudia Gundlach         resident             12901 Burwell Drive                 952-938-3359 cdbead@msn.com
                           X                  Peter Haakonson                             3739 Farmington Rd                  952-938-3927 haakonpe@yahoo.com
                 X                           Elaine Hagen            homeowner            13118 April Lane                    952-544-6056
     X           X                   X        David Hakensen                              3626 Baker Rd                       952-933-4521 david.hakensen@gmail.com
     X                                        Kathy Hardin                                12926 Rutledge Circle               952-936-0506
                           X         X         Mac    Hardin                              12926 Rutledge Circle               952-936-0506 mach@mdrha.com
                           X                  Dave    Hicks                               3528 Shady Oaks Rd                  612-655-8112
                                     X       James Hiller            City Council Member5638 Glen Ave                         952-974-1003 jhiller@eminnetonka.com
     X                                         Pam    Hix                                 June Terrace                        952-544-4796
     X                                       Lorena Hooyman          Historical Society   4008 Tileda Circle                  952-933-3715 blhooy@aol.com
     X                                      Thomas Hussey                                 12761 Burwell Drive                 952-933-0929 thbane@comcast.net
     X                     X         X         Ken    Isaacson                            3851 Huntingdon Circle                           kisaacson@tchdc.org
                                     X        Janet   Jakobitz                            3120 Chase Dr.                                   jjakobitz@comcast.net
     X           X                   X      Dorothy Janssen                               12709 Burnwell Drive                952-938-4503
     X           X         X         X        Betty   Johnson                             12814 March Circle                  952-544-6979
     X                                         Bob    Johnson                             12814 March Circle                  952-544-6979
                 X         X         X     AnnaMae Johnson                                12950 Rutledge Cir                  952-935-8343
                 X         X         X      Dorothy Jorgenson                             12935 Rutledge C                    952-938-3193
                 X                             Nat    Kale           Minnehaha Creek W 182202 Mtka Blvd. Deephaven MN 55952-471-0590 x229nkale@minnehahacreek.org
     X                     X         X        Chris Klug             Burwell Drive residen12817 Burwell Drive                 612-709-7838 cklug@phi.com
                           X         X         John   Knight                              13511 Minnetonka Dr                              jtknight20@hotmail.com
     X           X         X         X        Shirly Koski                                3514 Kohnen Circle                  952-938-2590
     X           X         X         X         Virgil Koski                               3514 Kohnen Circle                  952-938-2590 virgilkoski1@comcast.net
     X                                        Steve Kucke                                 3322 Frear Drive, Mtka 55305        952-926-5685
                           X         X          Jan   Lapsey                              12909 Burwell Dr
     X                                      Lorraine LaRoy           resident             2701 Cresent Ridge Rd, Mtka 55305 952-540-6863
     X                                          Jim   LaRoy          resident             2701 Cresent Ridge Rd, Mtka 55305 952-540-6863
                 X         X                    Bill  Madden         Madden - Architectur2203 Como                            651-328-4571 whmadden@hga.com
                                     X         Mike   Mason                               3211 Chase Dr                       612-669-1297 mmason39@hotmail.com
     X           X                             Mark   McDonald                            13106 April Lane                    952-544-2011 markm@aisleadvertising.com
     X                                          Tim   Meyer                               Plymouth Road                       952-938-1647
                 X                           Beverly Montgomery                           14601 Atrium Way, Apt 333, Mntka 55952-931-0805  bevmontgomery@comcast.net
     X                     X                 Robert Numrich                               12510 Creek Rd W
                           X         X          Tim   Oberg                               12938 Rutledge Circle                            tloberg@earthlink.net
                           X                    Vivi  Oberg                               12938 Rutledge Circle / 12816 Lake Street Ext    tloberg@earthlink.net
     X           X         X         X        Steve Olson                                 13404 Stanton                       952-988-0914 solson@nscsports.org
     X                                         Brad   Olson          resident             12851 Burwell Drive                 952-938-2765
     X                                        Jessy Olson            resident             12851 Burwell Drive                 952-938-2765




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                   X                   Tina      Persson                                 3610 Sunrise Dr E                    952-931-0277     pers0120@umn.edu
                            X          Larry     Peterson                                12901 Burwell Drive                  952-938-3359     petergund@msn.com
                            X           Tim      Plant               St. Davids Center                                                         tplant@stdavidscenter.org
          X                            Ken       Powell                                   3002 Atwood Drive, Mtka 55305       952-931-0649     kenkarenpowell@comcast.net
 X                                    William    Putnam                                   3172 Hillsboro Ave S                952-933-8223
 X                                    Roxann     Reisdorf                                 12852 Burwell                       952-988-5892     rockdorf@comcast.net
                   X                   Dana      Roth                                     3205 Frear Dr
                   X                   Griffin   Roth                                     3205 Frear Dr
 X        X        X        X          Terry     Schneider           City of Minnetonka (mayor)
 X        X        X                   Glenn     Seutter             Glenn's 1-Stop       12908 Minnetonka Blvd               952-933-7788     glenns12908@yahoo.com
 X                 X        X        RoseAnn     Seutter             Glenn's 1-Stop       12908 Minnetonka Blvd               952-933-7788     glenns12908@yahoo.com
 X        X                             Bob      Shebeck                                  3444 Creekview Terrace              952-933-3399
 X                                      Sue      Sjeklocha                                2233 Platwood Rd                    952-544-0785     sjekbiz@comcast.net
                   X        X          Lorie     Skibness                                 3314 Frear Dr
                            X          Steve     Solum                                    3315 Frear Drive                    952-933-1363
 X                                       B       Stelmacher                               13808 Inverness                     952-935-5517
          X        X        X           Misi     Stine               St. Davids Center 3395 Plymouth Rd                       952-939-0396     mstine@stdavidscenter.org
 X        X                             Jodi     Tagessen                                 2009 Hopkins Crossroad              651-485-3753     toadhest@aol.com
 X                                     Anne      Tremel                                   12929 Starton Drive                 952-933-6167     atremel@comcast.net
 X                                     Mark      Tremmel                                  12929 Starton Drive                 952-933-6167     atremel@comcast.net
          X                 X           Don      Unger                                    3147 Vicki Lane                     952-933-6537     dgu2@hotmail.com
          X                 X          Judy      Unger                                    3147 Vicki Lane                     952-933-6537     donandjudyu@hotmail.com
                            X          Vera      Vasko                                    3506 Orchard Lane                   952-938-2396
          X                 X        Jonathan    Vlaming             Three Rivers Park District                               763-694-7632     jvlaming@threeriversparkdistrict.
          X        X        X          Tony      Wagner              City Council - Ward 2
          X                            Scott     Whitworth                                15838 WoodKnoll Lane                952-933-0769     spwhitworth@msn.com
 X                          X         Melissa    Williamson-Herren   Your Art's Desire    12928 Minnetonka Blvd. Mtka 55305   952-988-9772     mail@yourartsdesiremtka.com
                            X        Rudolph     Wilson                                   13024 Stanton Dr.
                            X         James      Wisker              Minnehaha Creek W 18202 Minnetonka Blvd                  952-471-0590 x 206
          X        X                   Ann       Woodson-Hicks                            3528 Shady Oaks Rd                  612-655-8112
                   X                   Peter     Worthington                                                                  612-243-4662
          X        X                    Pat      Wright                                  3209 Frear Dr                        952-938-0890
                            X          Mark      Zehrer                                  5107 Forest Rd                       952-934-8572      pmzhome@gmail.com
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 X        X        X        X        Barbara     Raye                Center for Policy Planning and Performance
 X        X                          Michael     Byrd                Design consultant
 X        X                          Dan         Marckel             Design consultant
 X        X                          Katie       Thering             Block exercise coordinator
 X        X        X        X        Gretchen    Nicholls            LISC
 X        X        X        X        Julie       Wischnack           City of Minnetonka
 X        X        X        X        Elise       Durbin              City of Minnetonka
 X        X        X        X        Loren       Gordon              City of Minnetonka

                                                 Panelists
                   X                 Michael     Noonan              Rottlund             651-638-0500
                   X                 Alan        Arthur              Aeon                 612-341-3148 ext 201                aarthur@aeonmn.org
                   X                 Susan       Farr                Ebenezer Senior Housing
                   X                 David       Newman              Bancorp Group, Inc.
 X        X        X        X        Mary        Bujold              Maxfield Research, I 612-904-7977                        mbujold@maxfieldresearch.com




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Appendix J. Announcement / publicity flyer for the Minnetonka Mills
CDI workshops


                                                  You’re invited to a series of innovative and interactive
                                     community workshops to explore viable development options for the
                                                           Minnetonk a Mills D istric t
  Want to be a part of creating the
  future of the Minnetonka Mills                       Mark your calendars for the following events
  district?                                                      Attendance at all four events is suggested!
  For the community’s historic              Workshop I: Gathering Information                         Tuesday, April 14, 2009
  Minnetonka Mills area, the city is        What do we know about the historic Minnetonka Mills area to date? How can
  trying a new planning process.            future development enhance the surrounding Three Rivers Park and Minnehaha
  This spring, before any developer         watershed district? What are the concerns about future development, and what
  application or designs are submitted,     do we want to achieve through development?
  the city of Minnetonka will partner
  with the Local Initiatives Support        Workshop II: Development Opportunities - Block Exercise   Tuesday, May 19, 2009
  Corporation (LISC) through the            Join your neighbors in an interactive workshop to create feasible development
  Corridor Development Initiative           scenarios for the Minnetonka Mills site. Design and development experts will be
  to explore new ways to consider           on hand to share ideas and insights.
  development for the Minnetonka Mills
  area north of Minnetonka Boulevard.       Workshop III: Developer Discussion                        Tuesday, June 2, 2009
                                            Explore the opportunities and challenges of development with a panel of
  The Corridor Development Initiative       developers, park and city representatives to build a strategic road map for the
  (CDI) is a proactive process to           future of Minnetonka Mills.
  assist in the planning, design, and
  development along major corridors.
  The idea is to engage residents in
                                            Workshop IV: Framing Recommendations                      Tuesday, June 16, 2009
                                            Contribute to the creation of development recommendations for the Minnetonka
  playing an active part in directing
                                            Mills district, which will be submitted to the City Council and Planning
  development by first providing
                                            Commission.
  education on market realities
  and financial considerations of
  development. Then, residents can             Al l events are free an d o p en to th e p ublic
  more effectively participate in shaping
  development goals.                                     All meetings will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
                                                             at the ICA Food Shelf Meeting Room
  You won’t want to miss it!                                  12990 St. Davids Road, Minnetonka


       Childcare and translation services will be provided by request only. Please RSVP to Gretchen Nicholls at
  651-265-2280 one week in advance of each workshop if you would like to reserve childcare or translation services.

                                                 For more information, contact:
                           Julie Wischnack at (952) 939-8282 or jwischnack@eminnetonka.com
                           Elise Durbin at (952) 939-8285 or edurbin@eminnetonka.com or visit
                               www.eminnetonka.com | www.housinginitiative.org

                                                  Sponsored by:
                  City of Minnetonka - as a ULI MN / Regional Council of Mayors Opportunity City
       Twin Cities LISC / Corridor Development Initiative with funding provided by the Family Housing Fund


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