Three Things to Know
Edina’s leadership has failed to follow the 2008 Comp Plan. That document envisioned a 3% population increase by 2030. By 2018 Edina had already met its 2030 target. That isn’t supposed to happen. Interestingly Jim Hovland, Mike Fischer and Kevin Staunton were all instrumental in the crafting and approving of the 2008 Comp Plan. What’s going on?
We were under the impression that Comp Plans were legally binding. Once passed, cities are legally obligated to follow through with the Plan. Obviously, our city didn’t respect the core population element of the 2008 Plan. What’s changed?
Comp Plans give cities the authority to approve or deny decisions on utilities, transportation, land use, recreation, and housing. Maybe not in Edina!
Q: What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A 10-year planning process is mandated by the Met Council’s visioning challenge.
Communities set the vision for their future
At least once every 10 years, city councils, town boards, and county boards throughout the region take on a very important job – to update their local comprehensive plans. A local comprehensive plan represents a community’s vision of how it wants to grow and change – how it will develop its land, redevelop older areas, ensure adequate housing, provide roads and sewers, protect natural areas, and meet other community objectives.
Source: Met Council
The 2018 Comp Plan is a complex and detailed document. It contains over 436 pages plus links to additional details described in four Small Area Plans. The city has spent more than 4 years and multiple justification studies to present a future for Edina that ignores fundamental realities.
On March 7th, 2019 Edina opened a 30-day public comment public window. Either by intent or accident, this time period spanned Edina’s public and non-public schools’ spring break. This public comment period ended on April 8th.
In this series we will strive to fairly present the city’s own materials. We intend to show that their conclusions aren’t supported by their own surveys. Ultimately, we want to establish voting accountability for the final 2018 Comp Plan.