Working for a Minneapolis where each of us has the freedom and opportunity to reach our individual potentials while caring for one another, improving our environment and promoting social well-being.
Focused not only on our immediate needs, but also on the future we want for ourselves, our children and for generations to come.
Dedicated to using the values of Social and Economic Justice, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Peace, Community Based Economics, and Respect for Diversity to guide his work.
For the latest news from Cam Gordon, see the Second Ward e-Update.
The Second Ward occupies the Eastern-Central part of Minneapolis and straddles the East and West banks of the iconic Mississippi River gorge. It includes a diverse mix of residential, institutional, industrial and commercial land uses with some of the highest density housing outside of downtown, flourishing low density residential neighborhoods, thriving and underutilized industrial areas and major commercial corridors like University Ave and East Lake Street. It is also home to several significant institutions including the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. For more information about the people and places of Ward 2, see our Ward 2 Planning Department Profile and our Regulatory Services 2016 Report.
2040 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
Following a lengthy hearing and many amendments at the Planning Commission and a more that five hour long Public Hearing before the City Council on Wednesday, November 14, the City Council will meet Monday the 26th to consider amendments from Council Members to the Comp Plan. I plan to bring a number of amendments forward, including 6 land use/ built form map amendments, 4 new policies and 25 smaller amendments to existing policies. My amendments are available for review here.
We will also be considering the amendments recommended by the planning commission.
I expect these and as many as 100 other amendments to be presented by Council Members on the 26th prior to the December 7th Council meeting where additional amendments could be considered before a final draft of the plan could be approved by the Council.
If an amended plan is approved by the Council and Mayor it will be forwarded to neighboring jurisdictions for review and comments and then, by December 31, to the Metropolitan Council for their review. The Met Council then will have 120 days to review, require modifications to be made and/or approve the plan. Once approved by the Met Council the work of implementing the plan will fall to the City Council. The Metropolitan Council stipulates that the city is to amend any official controls that conflict with our plan within 9 months. I will be working hard over the months and years following the plans approval to implement its goals whole working hard to put in place the necessary regulations, resources and policies to guide the growth and development called out in the plan in a way that provides real community benefits and serves the future needs of our city while also preserving and protecting what we appreciate most our neighborhoods, communities and city. I thank everyone who has shared feedback so far and especially those who attended 2nd Ward and other community meetings, including the formal public hearings.
You can keep up on the plan over the last few weeks of changes at https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/File/2018-00770.
More general, and now somewhat outdated, information is also available at https://minneapolis2040.com/.
2019 Proposed Budget
The Council is deliberating on the Mayor’s proposed 2019 budget of $1.6 billion, which is $139.1 million (or 9.8%) more than this year’s budget. This includes an increase of 5.63% in the property tax levy, raising the total amount levied by $18.7 million, to $349.9 million in 2019. This levy increase will not mean a tax increase for everyone because the total tax base increased by more than 10%. The budget is available online at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/budget/. You can see the full calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/budget/budget-calendar and make comments online at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/budget/budget-comments. The times for public comment before the City Council will be on November 1 at 9:00 am, November 28 at 6:05 pm; and, the final Public Hearing before the Council on December 5 at 6:05 pm. All the budget meetings and hearings will take place in the City Council Chambers, room 317, in City Hall, 350 So 5th Street.
I am working on several budget amendments. First, I am concerned that the Mayor is not proposing to make permanent the two health inspectors added with one-time funding last year. I believe that this year proves that the health inspectors are needed and that they should be funded in an ongoing way. Second, I want to expand funding for co-responders in the Police Budget so that teams can be deployed in more precincts, including the 4th Precinct. Third, I am convinced that we need an additional civilian investigator to investigate Police misconduct complaints in the Civil Rights Department. Most complainants are requesting civilian investigators and we do not have adequate staff to investigate them fully in a timely manner. Fourth, I am working to see if I can fund funding for Youth Outreach Workers to help serve the Cedar Riverside and Seward Areas where the need appears to be growing. The Youth Coordinating Board has developed a highly successful program that has used in the downtown and North Minneapolis areas and I think it would be beneficial to bring it to Cedar Riverside and Seward in 2019. I am also concerned that there is no funding set aside for neighborhood organizations in any of the 5-year projections. While funding will be stable for 2019, as the Tax Increment District is set to end in 2021 I think it is important for ongoing funding to be noted in our 5-year projections and plan to make that amendment. Additionally, I am exploring possible funding to support 3 other initiatives: implementation of Children’s Saving Account, a feasible study of a Public Bank and ongoing support for Green Zone initiatives.
Energy Disclosure Ordinance.
I am working a new residential energy disclosure ordinance that I expect to be formally introduced at the Council Meeting on December 7th. Council Member Schroeder and I have been working on this for several weeks and believe that we have a framework that will help current and potential renters, and prospective home buyers, get accurate information about the energy use at the buildings where they live. It would amend Title 3, Chapter 47 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Air Pollution and Environmental Protection: Energy and Air Pollution as well as Title 12, Chapter 248 that relates to Housing: Truth in Sale of Housing. In both sections we will be adding provisions relating to residential energy disclosure. http://www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/buildings-energy/index.htm
Ward 2 Neighborhoods
Last updated Nov 21, 2018