ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Urban Development Conference Room
(City Hall Room #402)
1. Member Check-Off for Quorum
Members Present: Robert Cormier, Nancy Costa, Louise Curnow (Chair) Jaimie
Ex-officio Present: John Vigen
Members Absent: R.C Boheim (Vice-Chair - E), Stan McPeek (E)
Ex-officio Present: Kyle Deming, Richard Larson
Ex-officio Absent: Joseph Stepun (E), Russell Stover
Dave Peterson, Housing and Redevelopment Authority
John Hinzmann, SEH Engineering
Mike Sondag, SEH Engineering
Jim Mohn, City of Duluth, Senior Planner
Jesse Schomberg, Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
Diane Desotelle, (NEMO)
Chair Curnow verified a quorum was present and opened the Environmental Advisory Council=s
regular meeting at 5:00 p.m.
2. Review and Approval of Meeting Notes
Members unanimously approved the following minutes:
a.) December 3, 2003, minutes as submitted
b.) February 4, 2004, minutes, as amended: Article IX: 9.9 Notice of Appearance
Any person desiring to speak to the Council shall express that desire to the EAC
Chairperson prior to the hearing of the matter in question, setting forth the name and
address and the matter in which he/she is interested.
3. Committee Reports
4. New Business
a.) Hawk Ridge Estates Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) review and
Peterson introduced Hinzmann and Sondag. Hinzmann anticipated questions on wetlands and invited
EAC members to comment.
Mohn discussed the process and timeline:
1. The public comment period closes 03/17 (after 30 day period).
2. The public hearing on 03/24 will determine if the document is adequate for a
finding of no significant environmental impacts (Negative Declaration); or the
alternative, the identification of areas of potential significant environmental
impacts and a mandate for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
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3. The Planning Commissioners will establish a Record of Decision (ROD) which
includes their findings relative to the accuracy of the document.
Mohn noted that one of the bird species was misclassified; it turned out not to be an endangered
The Planning Commission granted preliminary plat approval of the project on September 24, 2003,
based on specific conditions and the ability to obtain required permits.
Discussion focused on specific details, including: 1.) the covenants for lots, restricting areas which can
be disturbed; 2.) the architectural review committee which will monitor compliance; 3.) the creation of
a building Aenvelope@ for each lot; 4.) snowmobiles, which cross existing wetlands with little or no
impacts; and 5.) differing setbacks for lots abutting the park area.
The project will be a mix of market rate and workforce housing. Specific areas have also been set aside
Larsen noted that the City would assume ownership and maintenance of the inline stormwater detention
basins. Additional comments focused on storage methods.
Curnow asked about Agreen@ builders and Hinzmann was sure that at least one of the core builders
interviewed was environmentally conscious.
Individuals can send comments to Mohn. EAC members, however, had no special concerns or
comments as a body.
b.) Land Subdivision and Stormwater Management
Jessie Schomberg/ Diane Desotelle
Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
NEMO addresses the relationship between land use and natural resource protection and provides
information to help land-use decisionmakers to make good decisions.
Schomberg identified the basic unit of concern as the watershed. Development has the following kinds
of impacts on the water cycle:
Degree of impervious Impacts
0 - 10% no impacts
10 - 25% some impacts
25%+ degraded stream
Schomberg identified three strategies for coping with stormwater runoff: - natural resource based
planning, comprehensive land use planning, and implementation. He discussed the need for a
community resource inventory which includes both natural and cultural resources.
Ordinances should be consistent with the comprehensive plan. Land use decisionmakers must consider
consider community goals and set standards for granting variances.
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Desotelle noted that EAC members will eventually review the City=s comprehensive plan and natural
resource inventory. They will look for comprehensive plan elements which preserve and protect certain
features in the inventory, such as watersheds.
Curnow and Desotelle discussed the EAC=s desire to recommend ordinance changes and the possibility
of timing such revisions with the comprehensive plan.
In addition, Desotelle discussed model subdivision and stormwater ordinances and provided copies for
members to review.
c.) EAC biography for distribution to Neighborhood Districts
Members to sign up for Neighborhood District meetings in April
District - District 5 -
District Boheim District 6 -
District Curno District 7 Vigen
District - District 8 Harvie
District - District 9 Costa
District - District Cormie
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d.) EAC contacts with local governmental organizations
5. Old Business
a.) EAC Work Plan for 2004
Schedule meeting with the Mayor
Members unanimously approved the attached AEAC Work Plan for 2004.@ Members will provide the
Mayor with the attached document: AEnvironmental Advisory Council - 2004.@ The key people for
this meeting include Boheim, Curnow, and Harvie.
b.) Tax forfeited property (status report from Deming)
6. Informational Items
Kyle Deming, Planner
Approved April 7, 2004
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