Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee
In June 2000, the City Council adopted the Above the Falls Master Plan and vision for the Upper River area. Among the implementation recommendations in this plan was the creation of a citizen advisory committee to be called the Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee (AFCAC). AFCAC’s purpose is to play a critical role in implementation of the Master Plan and the updated Master Plan adopted in 2013.
In 2016, AFCAC updated its name to Above the Falls Community Advisory Committee, to better correspond with terminology used by various governmental entities.
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Above the Falls Regional Park Master Plan
Full AFCAC – Last Tuesday of each month. Meetings are generally held at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road.
Subcommittees (Vision and Implementation Proactive, Project Review, Facilitation, Membership and Communication) - meetings vary, usually once a month.
30 members (18 citizen seats; 6 business seats; and 6 environmental seats) and 2 alternates for each membership seat.
AFCAC does not use open appointment process.
Neighborhood groups within the Above the Falls area appoint their own representatives and alternates; other neighborhood representatives and alternates will be appointed by AFCAC. Business and environmental caucuses will each appoint five membership seats and the associated alternates; AFCAC will appoint one business and one environmental seat and the associated alternates.
Neighborhood Representative Requirement
- Each of the 10 neighborhood organizations within the Above the Falls plan area will select one member and two alternates.
- Two members and four alternates from Northside neighborhoods outside the Above the Falls area.
- Two members and four alternates from Northeast neighborhoods outside the Above the Falls area.
- One member and two alternates from North Loop and Nicollet Island/East Bank.
- One member and two alternates from the other Southeast Mpls neighborhoods.
- One member and two alternates from South Mpls neighborhoods.
- One at-large member and two alternates from the Mississippi Watershed.
Responsibilities of Members
Representatives and alternates shall have the following responsibilities:
- Attend and participate in AFCAC meetings.
- Serve on at least one committee.
- Communicate with the constituency they represent, evidenced by an annual summary of their communication efforts, presented to the AFCAC.
- Engage in ethical and respectful behavior at AFCAC meetings.
- Fully disclose any actual and potential conflicts of interest in a timely manner.
- Contribute to the effective and efficient operation of the AFCAC.
- Review and understand financial information about the AFCAC.
- Discharge their duties in good faith and in a manner the representative or alternate reasonably believes to be in the best interests of the AFCAC.
- Act in a manner that supports formal decisions of the AFCAC regardless of whether or not the representative or alternate supported the decision. Make clear that any differing view expressed is not that of the AFCAC.
- Refrain from using knowledge gained through participation in the AFCAC for unfair advantage.
Term of Appointment
3 years with unlimited consecutive terms.
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Last updated Apr 10, 2017