ECONOMIC GROWTH COMMITTEE MINUTES April 10, 2007 Members Present Members Absent Others Present Karolyn Anderson Ken Slipka Daron Van Helden LaDonna Boyd Tom Taylor Jenni Faulkner Mike Carney Richard Thomas Skip Nienhaus Steve Fiebiger Jane Hovind Gene Grazzini Dan Gustafson Vicki Roy Dick Sjoquist Bob Stowell Marcus Thomas Rich Vanderlaan Chair, Gene Grazzini, called the meeting to order at 7:30 a.m. I. Announcements II. Approval of March 13, 2007 Meeting Minutes Motion by Stowell and seconded by Sjoquist, to approve the March 13, 2007 minutes as presented. Ayes: Anderson, Boyd, Carney, Fiebiger, Grazzini, Gustafson, Roy, Sjoquist, Stowell, Marcus Thomas, Vanderlaan. Nays - None. Absent – Slipka, Taylor, Richard Thomas Abstain - None. Motion carried. III. Burnsville Updates: Chamber of Commerce Daron said may be meeting with the Governor to discuss what’s happening in the legislature. He said in a trip to DC a year ago linked with small business conference. Permac was one of the finalists last year and they reapplied this year and were named one of seven regional finalists. He reminded members of the June 18 Brackets golf tournament. Economic Development PC 3/12 CC 3/19 Kami, Inc. - Application for preliminary plat approval of a one lot subdivision to be known as KAMI 2ND ADDITION, Concept and Development Stage approval of a Planned Unit Development Amendment for construction of a retail center to be located at the northeast corner of Williams Dr and Morgan Ave, and Concept Stage approval for an office condominium building at the southeast corner of Old County Rd 34 Place and Morgan Ave. (Case #07-02) Independent School District 196 – Application for preliminary plat approval of a one lot subdivision to be known as ECHO PARK ELEMENTARY ADDITION and approval of a Planned Unit Development Amendment for an addition to the Echo Park Elementary School located at 14100 County Road 11. (Case #07-04) MN Theaters 2006 LLC – Application for Development Stage approval of a Planned Unit Development Amendment for construction of a 15 screen multiplex theater to be located at the southeast corner of the Burnsville Center. (Case #07-05) Peridot Enterprises LLC - Application for a rezoning from I-3 (Office & Industrial Park) to I-3, PUD (Office & Industrial Park, Planned Unit Development) and Concept and Development stage approval of a Planned Unit Development for an addition to the existing building located at 14401 Ewing Avenue. (Case #07-07) PC 3/26 CC 4/2 Comp Plan Issues Discussion 2007 Planning Commission Work Plan PC 4/9 CC 4/16 Comp Plan Goals and Policies PC 4/23 CC 5/7 Anondson Real Estate Partnership LLC - Application for a Conditional Use Permit to allow a veterinary clinic within the existing building located at 12010 Riverwood Drive. (Case #07-08) Heart of the City Skip said there’s a new ice cream and deli in HOC called Double Dip. At the end of the month there will be an event called the GPS race which includes several cities. There are 150 participants who stop for refreshments along the way. The two places chosen for Burnsville are the Fire training tower and Double Dip ice cream. He said there are for sale signs on the AAA site. There has been interest from several developers. There are monthly requests for tours of the HOC. Next week officials from Pine City will be touring. Burnsville Medical Alliance Skip said the Diamond Head Community clinic which is a partnership between the school district, Park Nicollet Foundation and CAC opened a clinic for youth up through high school age. Last week they were given a public health award by the County Commissioners. Med Net held their second FDA seminar and had 14 businesses from the area attend. Project Lead theWay, a pre-engineering course at the school district, was featured both in the Sun Newspapers and at the Breakfast Links the district held. They are looking for donations. They have the 7th grade curriculum in place and need $50,000 to fund the 8th and 9th grade curriculums. The City held a comp plan forum for business people in conjunction with the Chamber. 23 business people attended and gave good feedback on the comp plan. John Shardlow did mention that Burnsville is the only city that held a forum for just businesses during the day for their convenience. The Home Remodeling Fair is scheduled for April 21 which is a partnership between the city and the Chamber. The governance process with Council will look at doing land assembly when land is available. IV. I-35W Solutions Alliance Update Mike Turner, Dakota County Commissioner, gave a presentation regarding transportation in Dakota County. The population of the County is currently over 400,000 people and with population growth, the infrastructure is not going to keep up with the additional population. There are three transit corridors: I-35W bus Rapid Transit Corridor, Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Corridor and Robert Street Transit Corridor. Other important corridors are Hwy 169 and Highway 13. The I-35W Solutions Alliance which consists of Dakota, Scott, and Hennepin counties and the cities of Burnsville, Bloomington, Lakeville, Minneapolis, Richfield and Savage, is looking to promote and improve travel through the corridors. The Solutions Alliance priorities include reconstruction of TH 62 and I-35W, reconstruction of I-35 from 46th street to I- 94, planning and funding of BRT on I-35W and Cedar Ave., reconstruction of Highway 13 from 169 to 35W and reconstruction of the Highway 169 and 494 interchange. The federal government is trying to find a short-term solution to reducing congestion by providing funding for traffic reduction projects around the country. This is an opportunity to move forward to take care of some of our problems. There are many ways to address the congestion including changing the diamond lanes on I-35 to hot lanes, including the Urban Partnership Agreement and the four Ts: Tolling, Transit, Technology, and Telecommuting. Sjoquist asked if they’ve done studies on telecommuting. Mr. Turner responded they have done studies. Mark Krebsbach said that there is going to be a lot of growth in Dakota County and in 2030 there will be a number of interchanges redone on major roadways. There just aren’t the dollars to do much of anything else. Population will grow by 100,000 by 2030. Traffic will double in the next 20 years. Skip asked if that takes into account telecommuting options increase or travel miles decrease? Mark responded if telecommuting and other methods are used may reduce it. Mark showed a comparison of 2000 and 2025. Over that period of time there will be four times the number of congested areas. He said they are looking at alternatives. He said the BRT which would run along the shoulders of the freeway. Faster since there would be no transfer stops. Daron asked about Lakeville being outside the transit taxing district. Mark said it will be a matter of time and they will be included. Fiebiger asked if there are plans to bring the light rail transfer farther south? Mark responded there are many different perspectives. Mr. Turner said there is a huge cost to the public, particularly with the right of way issues. The legislature shelved it. Marcus asked if they would retrofit any additional vehicle lanes. Mark responded they are looking at the roadway improvements that need to be done along with the BRT lanes. The changes will happen over a period of time. V. Dakota County Future Transportation Plans The major 2007-2008 projects include County 42 reconstruction from CSAH 5 to Joppa in 2007 and 2008, CSAH 70 at I-35 (which will actually be in 2008 and 2009), and CSAH 5 at TH 13 interchange design and right of way acquisition. Over the next 20 years the County will be about $600 million short for transit needs. Daron asked if the transportation bill passes, what that would mean for Dakota County. Mark said the bill would help close the gap and would provide at least an additional $20 million per year. Mike Turner said citizen surveys indicate there is cooperation with transportation changes. The regional funding initiatives include: Regional federal funds Federal appropriations State funding County levy increases Constitutional amendment for MVST Transportation funding bill 2007 session The County passed a wheelage tax which has been beneficial in providing $1.5 – 1.7 million. He said if a gas tax were initiated, most of the funds would go out state. There has to be a transportation bill passed this year or the County will continue to fall behind. Vanderlaan asked about the increase in the wheelage tax and the legislation and its benefit to the County. Mr. Turner responded the wheelage tax would come directly to the County. The sales tax has two versions. One would be a joint powers agreement and the other would be to allow part of the money to go to Dakota County and part to go to metropolitan wide projects. That would help finish up projects that have been delayed. Vanderlaan said that telecommuting is a great option for employees and employers. It’s a money saver and would help with traffic congestion. Mr. Turner said there are many alternatives for people to allow them to work and save commuting time. VI. Scott County Future Transportation Plans Leslie Vermillion presented for Scott County. She said Scott County will be adding 100,000 residents over the next 20+ years. People are driving longer and traveling further. She described the highway construction throughout the county. In 2007 there will be $30 million dollars worth of roadway improvements in Scott County and that includes County Road 42 and Highway 13. Hwy 169 is the most underutilized corridor. Under construction is a 500 car surface lot and it should be up and operating by the middle of June and will be operated by Shakopee and Prior Lake. It will bypass the Crosstown. There will be additional bus routes added. It will have the capability to expand by decking to about 1,200 vehicles; ¾ of a mile to the south on future County Road 21 there will be another 500 vehicle lot constructed in 2009 and will use the same buses which should increase efficiency. Scott County funding initiatives include: 35W solutions Alliance SCALE Transportation Task Force --ROW Research – right-of-way preservation – costs are now almost 40% of the projects --Development Impact Research – statutory changes – things to do in high growth areas --TH 13 Coalition --TH 41 Coalition – preserving right-of-way – connection between 169 and 212 --County Wide TIF County Levy increases 2007 Legislative Support Grazzini asked if Scott County was looking at County Road 5 and Highway 13. Leslie said they are a supporter and the County Board believes this should be a high priority for Scott and Dakota County. She said they are actively working to come up with the $7 million to build the interchange at Highways101 and 13. These are the two major delays on the corridor, along with Highway 13 and 5. Daron said there should be an opportunity for businesses to be involved in the TH 13/CR 5 coalition. Leslie said the Scott County Board has directed Federal lobbyists to focus on Highway 13. The business interests and impact is more important than anything local governments can say or do. There are no plans for anything on Highway 13 over the next several years. VII. Miscellaneous Sjoquist said he was at the community Comp Plan forum recently and there were 15 people attending. He said people aren’t taking the time to come to these meetings and would recommend the city connect electronically with the residents either through email or the web page. It’s important that residents answer surveys and provide input. Daron said if members know business owners located in the Highway 13 corridor they should let them know about the coalition. Vanderlaan said I-35W needs extra lanes. He asked whether Highway 62 and I-494 have added lanes? He said he thought the bridge across the Minnesota River on I-35E has had work done. Daron said nothing structurally has been done with Highway 62. Sjoquist said when one interchange gets freed up from congestion another gets clogged up. The traffic flows different ways throughout the metro. Daron said that the infrastructure is accommodating more people every time improvements are made. Grazzini asked about improvements to I-35W south of the river. Jenni said there are no plans in the works and any improvements would be a long ways off. Daron responded one of the ideas was to turn the diamond lanes into HOT lanes. They were talking about doing it on Cedar and 169. There would need to be more capacity on the roads to do that. BRT takes up additional space. Need to look at adjusting hours for restriction to actually go with the flow of the traffic. He said it’s unusual to manage transportation in a regional perspective – it’s innovative. Carney said it’s difficult for business people with employees that need to travel over the metro to job sites. Daron said surveys have been done but transportation is there and at the top of the list. Vanderlaan asked if the bus lanes are utilized. Daron said the park and rides are full so he believed they were used. Steve asked if there’s any movement to change the inequity in the funding. Daron said he doesn’t think that will ever change. Out state businesses are feeling the pinch but that’s the problem. Too much of the gas tax goes out state. A metro wide sales tax is better; the money stays in the metro area. Skip said there is a MnDOT study in October of each year. In 2005 congestion declined and again in 2006. It’s a broad based study and wasn’t true everywhere. There are confusing numbers out there. Daron said the Twin Cities is the second fastest growing metro area congestion compared to Atlanta. Studies indicate access continues to get better overall. VII. Adjourn Motion by Vanderlaan, second by Sjoquist, to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 a.m.