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St. Anthony  Park Neighborhood News
October 2015
Fall Board Elections and Voting Opportunities

Want to be a board member? Apply online at http://www.sapcc.org/now-open-board-candidate-questionnaire. Candidates are welcome to apply between now and October 31st. As soon as we close out the application period, we'll publish the candidate profiles online for the whole community to consider who they want as representatives on the Council. We have two seats open on the north side of SAP and three seats open on the south side. Email us or call with more questions (651-649-5992).

From November 4th-8th, we'll host both in-person and online voting. You must live in SAP to vote for candidates. 

Where to Vote:

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Hampden Park Co-op (4:00-8:00pm)
928 Raymond Ave. 

Speedy Market (4:00-8:00pm)
2310 Como Ave.

Thursday, Nov. 5
Jennings Community Learning Center (5:00-8:00pm)
2455 University Ave. W.

Friday, Nov. 6
SAPCC Office (11:00am-2:00pm)
890 Cromwell Ave.

Saturday, Nov. 7
Hampden Park Co-op (1:00-4:00pm)
928 Raymond Ave.

Speedy market (1:00-4:00pm)
2310 Como Ave.
 
You can also vote online from Nov. 4th at 8:00 am until Nov. 8th at 11:59 pm Learn more at sapcc.org/vote-for-board-candidates.

We will announce the winners of this year's election at the Nov. 12 board meeting at Jennings Community Learning Center from 7:00-9:00pm.

Join us at 6:00pm for socializing and refreshments! We'll thank our out going board members and welcome our new board members to the team. RSVP to Cailin at cailin@sapcc.org
Transportation Committee Leads Raymond Phase III Project

On Monday, October 12th, the Transportation Committee hosted a successful public meeting to discuss the third phase and final of the Raymond Avenue Traffic Calming Project from Energy Park Drive up until (but not through) Como Ave. Although we're currently in the midst of the second phase of the Raymond Project, the Transportation Committee wanted to get the ball rolling on the plans for Phase III in order to fully involve our community in its planning. Barb Mundahl, a principal engineer with the City of St. Paul, will design and oversee the third phase as she has the other two. She joined the Transportation Meeting to gather feedback from our neighbors on the planning portion of Raymond Phase III. 

The meeting had a huge turnout of interested neighbors. The discussion that night spanned from slowing traffic and increasing bike/pedestrian safety to problem solving ways to improve the underpass of the bridge. Neighbors expressed concern over the road under the bridge being difficult to see under and collecting debris which makes biking through there unsafe. Barbara took notes on community comments and promised to research solutions to the issues neighbors brought up. One of the questions Barbara asked the community to help her answer was the issue of parking along that stretch and whether or not to keep one side open for parked cars. Neighbors discussed the issue with her as well while the Transportation Committee mediated the meeting. 

Barbara will return to the community in November or December to present initial plans to the community and get a second round of feedback to help inform the City's planning for this project. After that meeting, she will finalize her plans and begin the process of securing funding and then securing a contractor for the project. Construction will begin sometime in the spring or summer 2016. The Transportation Committee will discuss at their November meeting (Nov. 2 from 6:30-8:30pm at 890 Cromwell Ave.) how to encourage the City to complete the project by the time the fair starts next summer. If you're interested in that discussion, join us in November! 

Thank you to all of our neighbors who turned out to the Transportation meeting--your feedback is invaluable! We will continue to inform the entire neighborhood as this project progresses. In the meantime, feel free to email Cailin at  cailin@sapcc.org with questions or comments about Raymond Ave.
Luther Seminary Development Update--New Location
 
This month's Land Use Committee meeting drew a huge crowd! Community members joined the Land Use Committee to ask questions and discuss the Luther Seminary and Ecumen development project. Representatives from Ecumen and Luther Seminary came to give an update on their housing development projects. 

After hearing some concerns from community members about the scale and location of their planned senior housing co-op development, Ecumen offered community meetings to hear more from residents what they think would be appropriate. You can still make two of their meetings!

October 20 -- Discuss the historic roots of the neighborhood along with the vision for the area outlined in the Como 2030 plan.
October 27 -- Integrate the input from the previous two workshops and discuss a comprehensive design solution for the proposed building and site.

NEW LOCATION:
6:30-8:00pm at the St. Anthony Park Methodist Church 2200 Hillside Ave. Fellowship Room 

You can learn more about the follow-up of this meeting, the future meetings, or the minutes from the Committee meeting here:  http://www.sapcc.org/ecumenluther-seminary-follow-up/. 
ADU Task Force Presents Initial Findings 

The Accessory Dwelling Unit Task Force held their second of two public meetings about ADUs in St. Anthony Park this month. They shared their initial recommendations with the group that came and asked for community input as they finalize their recommendations. The task force is still accepting feedback on their recommendations.  You can find more information at  http://www.sapcc.org/accessory-dwelling-units/.



The draft they developed is  here. Their initial recommendations for ADUs include:
1) Owner occupied, with clear, reasonable enforcement provisions for verifying owner occupancy. 
2) Internal and attached ADUs only; detached ADUs not allowed. 
3) ADU over a garage not allowed. 
4) One ADU allowed per lot, accessory to a single family home. Additional ADU on a duplex lot not allowed. 
5) Occupancy limit would be the same as for a single family home, not increased for an ADU. St. Paul code defines a family as any number of people related by blood or marriage, plus two unrelated individuals. 
6) Enclosed stairways required. 
7) Plan review by city staff required for verification and enforcement. All other code provisions would apply relating to setbacks, height, lot coverage, design standards, etc. 
8) No additional on-street parking permits in areas where parking is restricted. 
9) No additional off-street parking space required. 
10) There should be a minimum and maximum size for an ADU. Typical minimums elsewhere are 300-400 square feet; typical maximums are 800-1,000 square feet. The task force has not reached consensus on the size limits.

ADU Task Force Presents Initial Findings 

The Accessory Dwelling Unit Task Force held their second of two public meetings about ADUs in St. Anthony Park on October 5th. They shared their initial recommendations with the group that came and asked for community input as they finalize their recommendations. The task force is still accepting feedback on their recommendations.  You can find more information at  http://www.sapcc.org/accessory-dwelling-units/.



The draft they developed is  here. Their initial recommendations for ADUs include:
1) Owner occupied, with clear, reasonable enforcement provisions for verifying owner occupancy. 
2) Internal and attached ADUs only; detached ADUs not allowed. 
3) ADU over a garage not allowed. 
4) One ADU allowed per lot, accessory to a single family home. Additional ADU on a duplex lot not allowed. 
5) Occupancy limit would be the same as for a single family home, not increased for an ADU. St. Paul code defines a family as any number of people related by blood or marriage, plus two unrelated individuals. 
6) Enclosed stairways required. 
7) Plan review by city staff required for verification and enforcement. All other code provisions would apply relating to setbacks, height, lot coverage, design standards, etc. 
8) No additional on-street parking permits in areas where parking is restricted. 
9) No additional off-street parking space required. 
10) There should be a minimum and maximum size for an ADU. Typical minimums elsewhere are 300-400 square feet; typical maximums are 800-1,000 square feet. The task force has not reached consensus on the size limits.

Important Change! Board & Land Use Meetings at Jennings

Starting in November, we will begin hosting our Board meetings and Land Use Committee meetings at Jennings Community Learning Center--a local South St. Anthony Park charter school located at 2455 University Ave. W. We have outgrown our South St. Anthony Recreation Center home for hosting our larger public meetings. Our Board meetings and Land Use Committee meetings regularly pull in crowds too large for the conference room in our current office, so Jennings has graciously offered their large central meeting space for us to host those two meetings every month. We're excited for this partnership with Jennings and putting their impressive work more in the spotlight. Meeting at Jennings for both our Board and Land Use meetings will continue into the foreseeable future, even as we continue our search for a new home in St. Anthony Park to house our office and other monthly meetings. We'll keep you updated as that search continues! 
SAPCC Staff Awarded Scholarships to Equity Summit

SAPCC staff were generously awarded scholarships to attend the PolicyLink Equity Summit by the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability through the McKnight Foundation. Staff will be out of the office Tuesday October 27 through Friday October 30 to attend the conference and will have limited access to email. Staff will attend the conference with a delegation from Minnesota of over 100 representatives and will build connections and partnerships with organizations in Minnesota and beyond to work collaboratively on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. This conference fits well within the progress the Board has made on the strategic plan for SAPCC over the next three to four years, which will include a strong section on equity and diversity. We look forward to bringing back concrete skills to share with the Board and our committees as we continue to make St. Anthony Park the best it can be!
SAPCC Staff Awarded Scholarships to Equity Summit


SAPCC staff were generously awarded scholarships to attend the PolicyLink Equity Summit by the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability through the McKnight Foundation. Staff will attend the conference with a delegation from Minnesota of over 100 representatives and will build connections and partnerships with organizations in Minnesota and beyond to work collaboratively on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. This conference fits well within the progress the Board has made on the strategic plan for SAPCC over the next three to four years, which will include a strong section on equity and diversity. We look forward to bringing back concrete skills to share with the Board and our committees as we continue to make St. Anthony Park the best it can be!

Staff will be out of the office between Oct. 27th and Nov. 2nd to attend the conference. 
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Median Planting on Raymond

A grant from the University of Minnesota's Good Neighbor Fund awarded to SAPCC to plant a native plantings median on Raymond Ave. Phase II will come to fruition soon! As the construction for Raymond Ave. Phase II wraps up, the median planting can begin soon. Thank you to Stephen Mastey for leading this process--we're excited to see the end result!

Job Opportunities  
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Transit for Livable Communities has extended their deadline for applications for their open Executive Director position. They also have an open Community Organizer position that closes on Nov. 9. Find out more information here

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Nexus Community Partners


Get Involved

Visit or join a Community Council committee! All are open to the community and new members. 
Land Use--First Thursday of the month 7-9pm 
Board of Directors--Second Thursday of the month 7-9pm 
Energy Resilience Group--Third Thursday 7-9pm (email erg@sapcc.org for location)
Transportation--First Monday of Every Month 6:30-8pm 

Environment--Fourth Wednesday of Every Month, 7-9pm

All committee meetings of the Community Council are an easy way for you to keep informed, get to know your neighbors and shape your neighborhood for the better. Committee meetings are held at the South St. Anthony Rec Center (890 Cromwell) unless otherwise noted. Community members are encouraged to join any committee- you become a member after attending only three meetings.

 

About Us

The St. Anthony Park Community Council is a non-profit citizen's organization of residents working together to maintain and enhance the quality of life, residential character, economic vitality, and physical development of St. Anthony Park. The Board meets monthly as do our three committees: Land Use, Transportation and Environment. Any resident may join the committees. The Board is elected with five delegates and two alternates each from North St. Anthony, South St. Anthony, and Business. Current Board members from North: Gary Carlson, Seth Levin, John Seppanen, Michael Russelle, Wanjiru Mugo, Mimi Jennings. From South:  Matt Hass, JoAnne Makela, Kathryn Murray. The business members are Ray Brian, Linda Hodge. Student Delegate: Alex Susko. Board Repair: Amanda Yang. 

 

Newsletter written by Cailin Rogers. Questions, comments, or suggestions? Email cailin@sapcc.org.