Working for a Minneapolis where each of us has the freedom and opportunity to reach our individual potentials while caring for one another, improving our environment and promoting social well-being.
Focused not only on our immediate needs, but also on the future we want for ourselves, our children and for generations to come.
Dedicated to using the values of Social and Economic Justice, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Peace, Community Based Economics, and Respect for Diversity to guide his work.
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The Second Ward occupies the Eastern-Central part of Minneapolis and straddles the East and West banks of the iconic Mississippi River gorge. It includes a diverse mix of residential, institutional, industrial and commercial land uses with some of the highest density housing outside of downtown, flourishing low density residential neighborhoods, thriving and underutilized industrial areas and major commercial corridors like University Ave and East Lake Street. It is also home to several significant institutions including the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. For more information about the people and places of Ward 2, see our Ward 2 Planning Department Profile and our Regulatory Services 2016 Report.
Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance
I am moving forward, again, with an ordinance amendment to require a 5 cent fee on both paper and plastic carry out single use bags in Minneapolis. The fee will be kept by the retailer. There will be a public hearing on the amended ordinance for Monday, November 18, at 1:30pm in City Hall room 317 where testimony will be taken and committee members may offer amendments. The full Council will then consider the ordinance at its regular meeting on November 22nd, where no public comment will be taken but amendments could be made before a final vote is taken.
The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance is a part of the City’s effort to reduce waste, littering, and other environmental impacts of single-use bags by incentivizing consumers to use reusable shopping bags through a five-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper carryout bags. This hearing will be one more step in a larger process of significant community outreach that has been done on this ordinance over the last several years.
You can find the ordinance as drafted at https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/File/2018-00134 and more information about our Zero Waste Plan and background on the Bring Your Own Bag ordinance at visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/solid-waste/ZeroWaste/index.htm. I am encouraging you and anyone else who might support this effort to come speak on the 18th and/or to send in your feedback on the ordinance so it can be included in the public record.
Intentional Community Cluster Developments
A presentation related to the ordinance amendments I am proposing to allow the establishment of Intention Community Cluster Developments was made to the Planning Commission Committee of the Whole in August. The staff report for the presentation can be found at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@cped/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-220285.pdf. I expect to have draft language ready for Planning Commission review later this month and am aiming to have the Public Hearing at the Planning Commission on October 21st with full Council approval on November 22.
Last updated Oct 16, 2019