UPDATED: Pillsbury Commons Process Hits Another Snag

A memorandum stated that the developer's tax increment financing application was incomplete.

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Last Update: 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

Just before the Memorial Day holiday, city officials were notified that Ron Clark Construction & Design's (TIF) draft for the Pillsbury Commons project was incomplete.

The Richfield Planning Commission was set to take a number of actions on the proposal May 29, including: holding a public hearing on the proposed zoning changes, and considering whether the TIF application and sale of Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority land is consistent with the city's comprehensive plan. Since the application is incomplete, city staff will recommend that the commission go ahead with the public hearing, but continue its voting and the land sale discussion until the June 25 meeting.

A memorandum, written by Richfield City Manager Steve Devich, stated:

"The item related to the TIF Plan however is dependent on the completion of a draft TIF Plan including the "but-for" findings (and related documents including a Modification to the Richfield Redevelopment Project Area and a "But-For" Analysis). As is evidenced by the attached letter from HRA Attorney Julie Eddington staff and consultants are still lacking certain information needed to complete the draft TIF Plan and related documents. The result is that a completed TIF Plan could not be included in the agenda packets delivered to the Planning Commission today so that the Planning Commission could review the TIF Plan before making a determination as to whether the proposed TIF Plan and related documents are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan."

The earlier this year and , which included townhomes and a downsized apartment complex. After the development plan and new applications were submitted, the clock on the roughly 60-day review process started again. however, the need for a continuance will likely upset that schedule. According to the memorandum, city staff wasn't sure how this will affect future steps in the process.

The full memorandum is attached as a PDF to this article. The planning commission will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the council chambers at Richfield City Hall and Municipal Center. Its agenda has also been attached as a PDF.

Richfield Patch will continue to update readers as more information becomes available.

Visit Patch's Pillsbury Commons topic page for all the related articles.

Caitlin Burgess May 29, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I've added the planning commission's agenda packet for tonight's meeting as a PDF.
Carolyn Dahlman May 30, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Isn’t Municipal property owned by the taxpayers of the City of Richfield. Who had the right to almost donate it to Ron Clark? Every city should provide housing for the needy. Housinglink.com helps find housing for these people. Check it out. Richfield has more housing of this type than most other cities. Edina has its very few Section 8 and 42 placed on Richfield’s borders, thereby sending their resident students to the Richfield Schools. Edina ranked #1 in schools this year, and could give these students the best education in Minnesota. Why aren’t they? Why does Richfield need to use TIF? Our location is one step closer to Minneapolis and St. Paul than Bloomington, thereby making our land more valuable. TIF eliminates taxes that are needed for our schools, because of its lower tax structure. All of the houses that were condemned for Best Buy would now have much higher taxes than they did at that time (as all of the other houses in Richfield now have), but Best Buy’s taxes have not gone up. It will be the same with all the TIF expansions that our City Council is approving. Let the voters decide what they want for their city since it’s their taxes that pay for almost everything.
Richfield Commoners United June 01, 2012 at 02:33 PM
So now we need to ask if TIF sheds some tax dollars to the school system. In all Ron Clark will only pay $3900. per year in taxes on the land for 30 years, what will the school get in cash for the next 30 years? The next question that should be asked is this, Kennisington Place on 76th and Lyndale was given $500K in up front TIF but now the courts have decided that Richfield was a second mortgage and we not getting one cent back ? How much did the school system loose on that one? Ron Clark is the only one walking away with the cash in hand!
Richfield Commoners United June 06, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Richfield Commoners United June 09, 2012 at 12:54 PM
This is an excelant reponse to Mr. Camillo De Santis http://richfield.patch.com/articles/resident-accuses-pillsbury-commons-supporters-of-crying-wolf


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