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.
Comprehensive Plan - Minneapolis 2040
A detailed electronic draft of the City's Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive plan has been released. This starts a phase of review that will likely lead to further changes in the plan before a final draft is presented to the Council for consideration and approval in December. The draft of interdependent policies, topics, actions steps and maps intended to help guide how we will manage grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit. In the draft report, policies are organized under 14 goals the City Council adopted in 2017, and also under 10 topic areas. Among its many notable recommendation, it calls for changes to traditional land use and zoning practices that would allow a greater diversity and density of housing in all neighborhoods, including small-scale multi-family buildings throughout Ward 2 residential areas, with small 1-4 unit building allowed on traditional sized lots and 1 to 2.5 story multifamily buildings above 4 units on a limited number of combined lots, and larger, taller apartments allowed on transit corridors and near stations. The proposal also recommends elimination of minimum off-street parking requirements citywide, creates four new categories of commercial uses and prohibits new heavy industrial uses while preserving land for quality living-wage production and processing jobs. Comments will be collected at public meetings as well as online through July 22, 2018. That feedback will be taken into consideration as City staff revise the plan for City Council consideration. Comments can be made at minneapolis2040.com or shared on Twitter: #Mpls2040 @Mpls2040. Please take some time to review the complete draft here https://www.minneapolis2040.com/. You can also find a printable version of some information, including land use maps of the Ward 2 area here.
To help me share the plan and better understand what people think of it, I am convening a Community Meeting on the plan on Thursday April 26th from 7 - 9 pm at St. Francis Cabrini Church at 1500 E Franklin Ave. Please join us https://www.facebook.com/events/211830769401694/.
100% Renewable Energy Resolution
A Council Committee has voted unanimously to recommend approval of the resolution I have coauthored with Council Members Steve Fletcher and Jeremy Schroeder committing the City to reaching a goal of 100% renewable electricity for both the City enterprise and the broader community. The resolution will commit us to using 100% renewable electricity as an enterprise by 2025, and to reach 100% renewable electricity for the broader community by 2030. This builds on the work of our Climate Action Plan and includes a direction to our Sustainability staff to create an implementation plan that will allow us to make progress towards reaching this goal. One concern I have had about resolutions of this kind is that they are sometimes adopted with a lot of fanfare, but sit on a shelf and make very little real change. I believe and hope that our resolution will help drive the kind of real, concrete change that we need to reach this important and aggressive goal. The current schedule is for this resolution to be presented through the Public Health, Civil Rights and Engagement committee in late April. I want to thank the advocates who have put this on the City’s agenda and have helped vet this resolution to make it as strong as possible: the Sierra Club Northstar Chapter, the Community Environmental Advisory Commission, the Energy Vision Advisory Committee of the Clean Energy Partnership, and more recently a youth organization called iMatter. You can find the resolution and other information about it at https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/File/2018-00410
In March the Council voted to take up an ordinance amendment that, f passed, would ban the sale of tobacco products (including nicotine vaporizing devices) sales to anyone under 21. We also set the public hearing for May 14 at 1:30pm at City Hall. Five other Minnesota cities have already passed similar legislation. I support this proposal and commend Council Member Johnson and Ellison for bringing it forward. http://www.startribune.com/council-members-want-to-raise-tobacco-buying-age-to-21-in-minneapolis/477672063/
Music History Study
One of the (many) fun things I get to do at work this year is participate in a Minneapolis Music History Project. Thanks to our planning folks (with Jason Wittenberg leading the effort I suspect) we have been awarded a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to complete a Music Context Study about the history of music in Minneapolis. I am serving on the Steering Committee that will be helping to guide the process, along with such notables as Chris Osgood from the Suicide Commandos and Steve McClellan, former manager and talent booker from First Avenue. The study is actually being written and managed by our planning department with support from Hess Roise Historical Consultants who will be doing most of the real work. It is scheduled to be submitted in October and will identify and document a wide range of music genres and the places that have played an important role in developing and sustaining Minneapolis music. One of the outcomes will likely include a comprehensive listing of place and locations of historical significance that we might want to have preserved for the future.
To learn more and take a survey to share your ideas please go to http://www.minneapolismn.gov/hpc/WCMSP-208555
We would love to learn more about your Minneapolis music history stories and ideas.
Ward 2 Neighborhoods
Last updated Apr 19, 2018