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Background

In 2019, the city created a small area plan for the commercial land near the intersection of Texas Avenue and Minnetonka Boulevard, the Texa-Tonka study area.

The city contracted with SEH and a team of planners, architects, engineers and outreach and market specialists to create the Texa-Tonka Small Area Plan. The process included several pop-up events, community surveys and neighborhood workshops. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning process! 

 Texa-Tonka Small Area Plan

Surveys

Fall 2019 survey
Summer 2019 survey
  • There were 992 complete or partial responses to the initial Texa-Tonka survey. Summer survey results

Workshops

  • 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. 

Pop-up event

  • June 13, 2019 — The first pop-up event in the Aquila neighborhood. View the pop-up engagement summary.
  • Oct. 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

Project committee

A project committee was formed to help guide the planning process. The committee included 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: Sept. 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 Avenue and Minnetonka Boulevard (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
  • Meeting 3: Nov. 20, 2019  — The committee met to review the draft plan.