Let us know your feedback!
The draft design recommendations survey is now live! Your input is requested to review the design recommendations generated from public outreach efforts. This survey will be available from Oct. 7 - 21, 2019.
In 2019, the city will be undertaking a small area plan for the commercial land near the intersection of Texas Avenue and Minnetonka Boulevard, the Texa-Tonka study area.
The city has contracted with SEH and a team of planners, architects, engineers and outreach and market specialists to create the Texa-Tonka Small Area Plan. The plan will include:
- Market overview
- Concept site and building plans for commercial properties
- Design guidelines
- Traffic capacity analysis
- Parking study
The process will include several pop-up events, community surveys and neighborhood workshops.
We want to hear your ideas!
Draft design recommendations survey
- Draft design recommendations survey. Your input is requested to review the design recommendations generated from public outreach efforts. This survey will be available from Oct. 7 - 21, 2019.
Summer 2019 survey
- There were 992 complete or partial responses to the initial Texa-Tonka survey. Summer survey results. Thank you all for your participation!
- Aug. 13, 2019 — Workshop participants worked in small groups with planning consultants to explore ideas for renovation, redevelopment and enhancement using magic markers, maps and scale buildings blocks.
- June 27, 2019 — The small group conversations among the 35 workshop participants helped create a set of study area issues, opportunities for improvement and preservation, and a draft vision statement.
- June 13, 2019 - the first pop-up event in the Aquila neighborhood. View the pop-up engagement summary.
- October 3, 2019 - a second pop-up was held at Aquila Elementary School during parent-teacher conferences to gain feedback on plan recommendations. View the pop-up 2 engagement summary.
A project committee has been formed to help guide the planning process. The committee includes commercial property owners and residents from several neighborhoods, including Texa-Tonka, Oak Hill, Aquila and Cobblecrest.
- Meeting 1: May 16, 2019 — The committee met to walk the study area and discuss placemaking.
- Meeting 2: September 11, 2019 - The committee reviewed a presentation based on public outreach generated through workshops and a survey. The committee recommended and supported the following:
- A simple modernist style architecture
- Building form ranging from 1 to 4 stories in height
- 2.5 to 3 story buildings with medium density multi-family on the northeast corner of Texas Ave. and Minnetonka Blvd (vacant parking lot)
- Buildings placed closer to street with parking toward the rear
- Temporary and permanent activation installations including public art, landscaping, and street crossings