There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends. As we head toward the end of 2021 and nearing the Christmas Holiday, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you for your engagement throughout this year.
Tonight, we will follow up on the Capital Spending Plan (CSP). There are several amendments that have been offered to this plan, you can review them here. The CSP has a proposed $568 Million spending for capital improvements throughout the city. District 21 will indirectly receive capital upgrades from departments, such as NDOT, Metro Parks, and the Library Department, in this plan. However, the only direct proposed funding from the CSP for District 21 is the Jefferson Street Cap. I have heard from many of you that are in opposition to the proposed Cap, therefore, I have an amendment in the above packet to reallocate those dollars to needs within the District.
What I've Been Up To
- I told you I have been working with the mayor's office to mitigate the illegal dumping. We are close to finding an organization that will survey and clean up the problem areas. I will keep you updated here
- I held a community meeting for rezoning the property at 9th Ave N and Buchanan St. - Updating you that the developer has applied for the rezone and community plan overlay.
- Mayor's Capital Spending Plan (CSP) - I have an amendment to the CSP to move $16M from the Jefferson St. Cap to the Hadley Park Library plan. If passed, this will allow us to build a new Hadley Park Library.
- Lighting - I met with NDOT and NES regarding the lack of lighting throughout the right-of-way. We are discussing adding lighting in dark spots and LED lights.
- Over the past two years, I have been lobbying NDOT/Public Works to review traffic calming applications within the District. I am proud to announce that four (4) streets in District 21 have been selected for traffic calming measures. Read this article to see where they are. If you are in these areas, be on the lookout for a community meeting to discuss what traffic problems you have and how we can work with NDOT to overcome these issues.
What's Happening Tonight
BL2021-922 - This ordinance amends Title 17 of the Metro Code to define the “bar or nightclub” use. It also implements a condition requiring a distance of 100 feet between a bar or nightclub use and parcels containing single family residential, two family residential, day care center (up to 75), day care center (over 75), day care home, school day care, orphanage, monastery or convent, religious institution, or community education uses in all zoning districts where the bar or nightclub use is currently permitted, excluding the DTC. This bill does not affect bar or nightclub uses located within the DTC. I will defer this bill tonight due to conversations with the state regarding a few definitions pertaining to non-conforming properties.
BL2021-946 - I'm sponsoring this ordinance, it will change the zoning from R-6 and CS zoning to SP. This will allow for mixed use housing and retail at the corner of 9th Ave. N and Clay St. It will be on Public Hearing this evening.
BL2021-1010 - This ordinance would require entertainment vehicles to follow a certain route that only remains throughout a downtown loop.
Dates to Remember
- No meetings to date for the end of the year. I am scheduling several meetings for January.
I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.
Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700