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How Does It Change Land Use Zoning Regulations?

What Future Do You Imagine for the LRT Station Areas?

How Can We Make It Easy to Walk and Bike to the Stations?



Tuesday, March 20

6:00 p.m. - Free Pizza Buffet and Social               6:30 p.m. - Program


Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN


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The City of Brooklyn Park will be deciding on new zoning for along the light rail in June. Our March speakers will explain the kinds of development that can occur along the light rail, especially in the vicinity of the stations.
The city and county are also interested in exploring ways to improve walking and biking surrounding future light rail stations.


The City Council's zoning decisions will affect what can be developed along the light rail in coming years. Their decisions will depend on what kind of development residents would like to see along the light rail so following their presentations, our speakers will lead a discussion to get your ideas. People with many backgrounds and interests, including artists, musicians, ethnic business owners and people who'd like to start a business, families and seniors who need affordable housing, seniors who'd like to buy a condominium, community organizers and leaders, educators, environmentalists, people with landscape ideas, bicyclists, and people using walkers and wheel chairs will all have valuable ideas for what they'd like to see developed along the light rail.  Please come with your suggestions and invite others to join us with theirs too.



Dan Edgerton - Senior Associate, ZAN Associates - Moderator

michael lambMichael Lamb is the Urban Design & Planning Leader in the Minneapolis Office of LHB, a multi-disciplinary engineering, architecture, and planning firm known for its design leadership. Mr. Lamb has over 30 years of experience in the design and planning of cities, neighborhoods, and districts. He holds a Master of Architecture degree in Urban Design from the University of Colorado Denver, and is credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). 
He will give us a general overview of the vision for the Blue Line station area plans and describe the  potential station area zoning changes for the Brooklyn Park Station Areas.


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Antonio Rosell is founder and Director of Community Design Group, a consulting firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian planning, placemaking and urban design, and community engagement. In 2015, he was recognized as "Minnesota Planner of the Year" by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association.  "The choices we make when we design and build our cities determine the future opportunities and quality of life they offer their residents."  He will speak on placemaking and urban design and walking and biking opportunities around the Bottineau Blue Line Corridor.


teshite wakoTeshite Wako is the Finance Director for the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), whose mission is to build neighborhood economies from within. Mr. Wako is President of the Oromo Chamber of Commerce and a Brooklyn Park Budget Commissioner. 


He will explain how NDC's entrepreneurship training, loans, incubation in ethnic marketplaces, and business development services could help businesses get started, grow, and create jobs along the Bottineau Corridor.



Forum Attendees Suggestions for Development in the Areas around the Light Rail Stations



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