comp plan meeting go green!
From: Olivia Frey (
Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 15:38:22 -0700 (PDT)
Dear what I'm calling our Northfield Green Coalition:

I'm forwarding the principles of development that have been drafted, which Suzie N. sent to me, for the revised Northfield Comprehensive Plan. I'm pretty pleased. See what you think.

I urge all of us to attend the next community meeting re the Comp Plan which is tomorrow night, 7-9 p.m. at the Armory. (Tuesday night, 5/15)

Once these principles are implemented in the Comp Plan, trhe hard work only begins. Can our coalition meet to talk about a plan of action and a system/process that we could put in place to monitor adhering to these principles as city council passes or changes ordinances, etc.

For example, the new rental ordinance that is being discussed would result in LESS density than the current rental ordinance. The new ordinance proposed limits the number of rental units in each block to 20%--which is a small percentage in residential areas.

I also urge everyone to sign up for the Center For Sustainable Living discussion list. Ask me for details about this. I'll explain how--or just go to the CSL website. Urge other like-minded green people to sign up.

Hope to see you tomorrow night.


From: balaam s <balaamsmn [at]>
To: Olivia Frey <oliviafrey209 [at]>
Subject: development principles
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 10:23:11 -0700 (PDT)

dear olivia

thank you again for your important initiative in convening the "environmental stakeholders" meeting with th City last month. has there been any follow-up discussion about this process by the CSL?? Let me know if/how i might assist your efforts in any way.

as i am sure you know, the proposed slate of "development principles" has been released by the Planning Commission for public review and a second public meeting planned for this tuesday, may 15 to give residents the opportunity to weigh in with comments, questions and feedback on these prinicples. once approved the final slate of principles will govern the revision of both the comp plan and the land use ordinances, so the importance of these proinciples is hard to over-state.

I am writing to ask if it would be possible for you to send a message out to CSL members, encouraging them to carefully review the attached slate of proposed development principles (see atttachment to this email) AND to participate in the public meeting planned for Tuesday to offer feedback, ask questions, and suggestions, etc.

Is Northfield on the right track here? do these ordinances go far enough? is anything missing that ought to be included in the values that are emphasized here??? The Planning Commission needs the input of the public as they develop and refine these principles. Its crucial that resident stakeholders remain actively involved as this processes presses forward.

Please do all you can to spread the word. Let me know if i can assis you in any way.

  Suzie Nakasian

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