Archive | August, 2012

South Oak Hill Fall Newsletter

31 Aug

Here’s a copy of the South Oak Hill newsletter that you should start seeing at your doorstep this weekend: SOHNewsletter_Fall2012(v3)

Help spread the word about the upcoming BBQ!


Rezoning in South Oak Hill

28 Aug

I got this message from the City. The are working on re-zoning some of the property in our neighborhood. You can get the official word from the city by attending the open houses mentioned below, but here’s my general understanding:

  • These new re-zonings only apply to new uses of the space. Existing businesses would be grandfathered in.
  • The new Business Park re-zoning requires improvements such as what we have seen with Hardcoat Inc. moving into the Flame Metals building. The rezoning would also limit the kinds of businesses that go into the new spaces — and for what most I think would consider the better.

Please help spread the word — especially with those who do not have access to our website or you think might have an interest in this.

Below is the letter and here is a link to the map of properties to be re-zoned.

— Colin

Dear South Oak Hill Neighborhood Leaders:

I am writing to let you know of an upcoming meeting to discuss the rezoning of several parcels in the South Oak Hill neighborhood.  These parcels were guided in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan for Business Park, and the City Council is now considering rezoning the parcels to conform to the Comprehensive Plan.  There are 57 properties across the city under consideration for rezoning.  An attached map depicts the properties’ location in the neighborhood.

The Business Park Zoning District is geared toward redevelopment of underutilized parcels for jobs-oriented types of uses.  However, the rezoning process would not disrupt any current business operations – existing businesses will be permitted to continue until such a time as major property changes occur.

There are two meetings currently scheduled, both to be held at City Hall in the first floor meeting room.

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Both meetings will be in an open-house format, so there would be no need to arrive immediately at the beginning of the meeting.  City Staff will be available to discuss the new Business Park district and to answer any questions you may have.  If you aren’t able to make either meeting, but would still like to learn more about the Business Park district, please let me know and we can set something up separately at another time.

City Hall is located at 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard, just east of Highway 100.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the process or how it relates to the neighborhood.  We would also welcome others from the neighborhood, so please pass this email on to anyone who may be interested in the process.


Adam W. Fulton, AICP

Planner – City of St. Louis Park

5005 Minnetonka Boulevard

St. Louis Park, MN 55416


Southwest LRT-related Archaeological Dig

15 Aug

I got this message from the City of St. Louis Park. Thought it was worth sharing.

Dear Neighborhood Leaders,

I am writing to let you know that there will be some work taking place on City property related to the SW LRT project in the coming week or two.  The property affected is in the southwest corner of the City, near the intersection of Minnehaha Creek and the Cedar Lake Trail / Freight Rail corridor – between the Meadowbrook and South Oak Hill neighborhoods.  The work is part of an archeological survey that is required as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  The survey crews will be out walking the property along the creek and may do some hand digging.  There will be no heavy equipment on site, just personnel.  The people on site are employed by a private firm under contract with the Metropolitan Council.

If you happen to receive any questions about the people on site in the next week or so, please feel free to direct them to Kevin Locke (952-924-2580) or myself.  Meg McMonigal (952-924-2573) is also an appropriate contact but will be out of the office until 8/27.

Please feel free to share this information with any interested neighbors.



Adam W. Fulton, AICP
Planner – City of St. Louis Park
5005 Minnetonka Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Minnehaha Creek Conditional Use Permit Hearing

2 Aug

Included below is the notice for a hearing related to Minnehaha Creek. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is looking to do some work “associated with the restoration of Minnehaha Creek channel, stormwater improvements, and grading for a future trail along the creek.” Hearing is Wednesday, August 15.

Click this link for the full notice.