Public Involvement Meetings
Various stakeholders, ranging from permitting agencies (i.e., Mn/DNR, MnDOT, Watershed Districts, etc.) to residents and property owners living or working along or near the roadway, have an interest in the development of this roadway project. The County recognizes that these interests vary in perspective. The County will use information provided by the various stakeholders when making decisions on final improvements. There are several activities that will occur throughout the design process that will allow for input from the various stakeholders. Agency and public involvement activities will include:
- Technical Advisory Committee Meetings (technical staff from the County and City)
- Agency Coordination Meetings (technical staff from local, regional, state and federal agencies)
- Presentations at City Council Meetings (Lino Lakes)
- Public Information Meetings (residents and property owners)
These activities will be scheduled throughout the project’s development.
Technical Advisory Committee Meetings
Anoka County has assembled a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide input and feedback on the proposed project. Members of the TAC include staff from Anoka County and the City of Lino Lakes, and various consultants that gather information essential to the design. The TAC meets monthly to discuss various aspects of this project. The TAC members exchange technical and political information on the project between the governmental stakeholders, report information to their various councils and/or boards, and provide directives for action during the project’s development.
Agency Coordination Meetings
Throughout the project development process, various agencies will have concerns regarding resources that may be impacted due to the project. Staff from Anoka County and the City of Lino Lakes will meet with the individual agencies throughout the project development to gain an understanding of their concerns and work through possible mitigation strategies or design improvements necessary to reach a consensus.
Presentations at Council Meetings
Anoka County Staff will present project information at city council meetings and/or workshops to educate and solicit input from elected officials about the benefits of the proposed safety improvement project.
Public Information Meetings
Anoka County will provide informational materials and maps at a Public Information Meeting that will be held during the Winter of 2019/2020, as well as one that will be held in Summer of 2020. The County will inform the surrounding landowners of the upcoming meetings by mailing out individual meeting notices to property owners and residents within a half mile of the corridor. In addition, this website will also contain announcements of the meetings. Meetings will be an open house style format where County and City staff will interact with the public, answering questions and providing information as property owners and residents view various boards and maps of the proposed project. Comment cards will be provided to the public to use for written comments, and can be completed either at the meeting or at home. Verbal and written comments gathered at the meeting will be reviewed by staff.