Public Review Process For Developmentupdated: Friday, June 13, 2014
The City strives to partner with progressive businesses on expansions, relocations and redevelopments that are complementary to the community. Businesses and developers are encouraged to meet with economic development and planning staff at the outset of a proposed project to gauge how it may coincide with community goals and plans, and be supported by city staff.
In the course of a development project, proposals are reviewed internally, presented to the Economic Development Authority (EDA) and City Council, in a Study Session first. This allows developers an opportunity to present their projects and commissioners/city council members an opportunity to ask questions prior to action being taken. When projects are acceptable, they proceed through the formal planning approval process by way of the Planning Commission and City Council. Efforts are made to run a project through the planning approval process and the financial assistance process concurrently.
Below are descriptions of the above-mentioned groups.
Planning Commission -
The Planning Commission reviews development and redevelopment plans, amendments to the comprehensive plan and zoning, and platting of property. The Planning Commission holds public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on planning matters. The Planning Commission consists of seven regular members and on non-voting member.
Planning Commission meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are shown live on Civic Cable TV Channel 17. Meetings are also replayed on Wednesdays - 8:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. and Fridays - 8:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals -
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) conducts public hearing and decides on variances to the Zoning Ordinance. The Board may also hear and decide on appeals from any order, requirements, permit decision, or zoning interpretation made by the Zoning Administer The Board decision is final unless it is appealed to the City Council. Decisions, reports, and records from the Board are communicated to the City Council. The Board consists of five regular members. BOZA meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
Economic Development Authority
The Economic Development Authority (EDA) facilitates business expansion and development projects that enhance the community's economic vitality and sustains St. Louis Park's high quality of life. The EDA reviews proposed projects and determines whether they meet the city's economic development and redevelopment goals such that they merit financial assistance. Such assistance is negotiated with staff and the resulting business terms are reflected in a contract for private redevelopment which requires review and approval by the EDA. The EDA is comprised of the seven City Council members; however, EDA officers may be different from the City Council (the president of the EDA need not be the mayor).
EDA meetings are convened as necessary and are typically held just prior to the regular meetings of the City Council. Meetings are shown live on Civic Cable TV Channel 17.
St. Louis Park operates under the Council/Manager form of government. The elected City Council sets the policy and overall direction for St. Louis Park . For redevelopment proposals, it makes the final decision on development issues and recommendations made by the Planning Commission. The Council also approves redevelopment contracts. At a regular council meeting, the City Council conducts a public hearing, considers testimony and staff reports to make a final decision.
The City Council holds regular meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m. The City Council is comprised of the Mayor and six council members. The Mayor and two at-large council members represent all residents of the city. Four (ward) council members are primarily responsible for representing the constituents living in their ward. The city's four ward system is geographically based. (Click here to see a ward map.)
Meetings are shown live on Civic Cable TV Channel 17. For meeting information Click here.