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After Pillsbury Commons, City Officials To Discuss Housing Policy Monday

Three Richfield commissions are getting together for a special work session at 5:45 p.m. Monday.

In the midst of the final stages of Pillsbury Commons, city officials began to question its policies on housing.

And with more redevelopment projects, many with housing components, on the books, uncertainty is still lingering.

In an attempt to define its housing policy, the Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), City Council and Planning Commission will meet Monday night to discuss the issue.

. He said he felt the city was "guessing" when it came to considering housing options.

"Where was everybody when the comp plan was put together?" Rublein asked rhetorically. "People are not paying attention to this stuff. So now we come to this [Pillsbury Commons] proposal, and Ron Clark has put a lot of work into this, I commend him for that. ... But we really haven't discussed what our housing policy is."

A week after Rublein's comments, , which prompted a wave a denials from other city commissions in the following weeks. While the housing component wasn't the only factor, .

During the Pillsbury Commons process and since discussed it, however, without a defined housing policy the next steps are unclear.

In addition, the city has known for some time that it is required to increase affordable housing options within the next decade per the Metropolitan Council. There is also a need for market-rate options as well.

The Monday meeting will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the Bartholomew Conference Room at . The HRA will follow the special work session with its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The agenda for the evening has been attached as a PDF to this article.

Barry L. August 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
We hope the City of Richfield will come up with a sound housing policy. We can be a better city, we have a great base now to turn this into a great place where people want to come and live, grow a family, invest into their homes. What we need is the residents to voice their opinions. Please come tonight at 5:45 p.m. in the Bartholomew Conference Room at Richfield City Hall and Municipal Center.
Kent August 20, 2012 at 03:51 PM
It wil be interesting to see what research any of these members has done. I plan on taking notes as to what if any good questions or solutions are brought about. Anyone who cares about the city and can get there should go. Also if the two remaining candidates for city council are there we should try and question them about there feelings and ideas.
Barry L. August 20, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It would be a great idea to ask the positions and get a solid statement that any thing above 80% Market, 20 Affordable housing unit would be unacceptable. Better still, that they are pro BIZ!
Barry L. October 23, 2012 at 02:33 PM
From: Barry LeBlanc <barry0404@yahoo.com> Subject: COUNCIL MEMO NO. 96 To: john.stark@cityofrichfield.org Cc: SDevich@cityofrichfield.org, "Pat Elliott (HRC) (CC Liaison)" <pat@elliottlaw.net>, "Debbie Goettel" <dgoettel@comcast.net> Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 10:05 AM Hi John, Could you please provide the names and credentials of the Housing policy task force? Also has there been a schedule or meetings that are planned? Best Regards, Barry LeBlanc 612.861.1142 DISCUSSION REGARDING RICHFIELD HOUSING POLICY (HRA MEMO NO. 41, COUNCIL MEMO NO. 96) After much discussion the consensus was to form a task force led by a facilitator and consisting of various groups within the community and some outside organizations, such as the Metropolitan Council. Community Development Director Stark stated he would provide a memo to all members with suggested categories of people to fill technical advisory roles, names of facilitators and their credentials, a futurist, and a schedule that will start the group to move forward.
Barry L. October 23, 2012 at 02:35 PM
So I sent a email which has not been returned second one about this issue and not a email back, So I am asking where is the transparency promised?

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