Public and Committee Involvement
Technical Advisory Committee
The project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met monthly to discuss project issues and plan for upcoming project tasks and events. Core membership of the TAC included staff representatives from the cities of Fridley and Coon Rapids, Anoka County, and consultants. View the TAC Membership List (PDF).
Policy Advisory Committee
The Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) is another important avenue for participation. The PAC met 3-4 times throughout the life of the project to discuss project progress. Membership included city council members from each city and County Commissioners. PAC members act as liaisons to these groups of elected officials. View the PAC Membership List (PDF).
Local stakeholders are also important participants in the project. The public was engaged throughout the project schedule via specific open house and neighborhood meetings. The first round of open houses were held September 16 and September 21, 2010. Approximately 150 people attended these meetings, and provided feedback on their current likes and dislikes about the corridor, and what they vision for the corridor in the future. The results of this visioning process are captured the Open House Visioning Summary provided below.
The second round of public meetings was held March 3, 2011. Approximately 150 people attended the two meetings held that day. The purpose of these meetings was to share initial ideas for corridor improvements relating to roadway, trails, and visual quality. A short status presentation was given and display materials were available for public review and comment. Attendees were encouraged to spend time speaking with staff and writing their comments on the various layouts. This input was used in the refinement of concept recommendations for the corridor.
In September 2011, a series of four neighborhood meetings were held along the corridor in Fridley. These meetings were held outside (weather permitting), at the end of a potentially affected street. This afforded the opportunity for neighbors to review proposed access changes on a layout while also visualizing what they might look like “on the ground.” A similar meeting was held in Coon Rapids on November 14. The input received at these meetings was considered in the final study recommendations.
A final round of open houses was held on January 18, 2012. A presentation summarizing final recommendations was given, and layouts of the recommendations were displayed. Over 100 people attended two different meetings to give feedback before the report was finalized. Final tweaks were made to the report as a result of this feedback, and it was circulated for city and county approval. The Coon Rapids City Council approved the report on March 20, 2012. This was followed by approval by the Fridley City Council on March 26 and the Anoka County Board of Commissioners on April 10. The final report is posted under Project Documents below.
Public Involvement Process
As the East River Road improvements move forward, the specific conditions of each affected street will be considered in the detailed design. The City Council of Fridley and/or Coon Rapids, along with the County Board, will return to the neighborhoods with a thorough, site-specific public involvement process, along with involvement and input from property owners. Among the considerations for individual street designs would be understanding neighborhood conditions, locations where private improvements (such as trees, shrubs, and other landscaping) are located within the public right-of-way, and whether any accommodations can be made in these cases.