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HDC Looking for a few good

Neighbors!

If you've ever wondered what you could do to improve your neighborhood, or thought, "why does the City do things like that?" Now's the time to find out.

The annual meeting of the Highland District Council is coming up (via Zoom, of course) on April 22nd and six grids are looking for representatives and two at-large seats need to be filled. You can throw your hat in the ring by taking the following steps:

  1. Go to the Highland District Council website

  2. Click on the "Events" tab, which will become an "Elections" tab

  3. Scroll down and learn about what's involved

  4. Complete a form and submit it if you are interested AND are from one of the odd grids, or want to run for an at-large seat

  5. For specific NLSP info concerning the HDC, just submit your questions on the Contact page at this site.

Hot Lots 4 Sale!

You don't have to wait any longer. Lots are up for sale along MRB (not including houses). If you can afford Minnetonka, you're in! Info HERE>

Read the Strib article here.

LITIGATION UPDATE 4/13/2021

 

Judge Guthmann has reviewed materials from the hearing and reached a decision. He decided that NLSP has no standing in this case because the plaintiffs had sustained no harm. That the City behaved appropriately in this case, some questions are left unanswered.

 

This decision and all other materials from our writ are here including all documents relating to the hearing.

 


 

 NLSP Response to Findings

The judge agreed that based on the evidence produced at trial, it may be possible to conclude that the City of Saint Paul failed to perform an official duty imposed by law. This is a key finding that the City has consistently denied. However, the judge ruled that we will not be allowed to prove our case at trial because of procedural issues. This is concerning for multiple reasons. 

 

    First, the City appears to be using bureaucratic obfuscation to prevent anyone from challenging them as they make up the rules as they go along to inflate the scope of this project outside of the codified plan. On the one hand they publicly acknowledge the open space definition issue and that they’d correct it, thereby stringing the residents along into a false sense of security so they don’t take action. Then on the other hand, they never address it, continue to count private rooftop balconies as open space and argue that we should have appealed to them within 10 days of their decision to not follow their own law. This can only be viewed as a pattern of bad faith behavior and is hardly consistent with sound public policy and good governance. 

 

    Second, Minnesota case law states, and we think fairness dictates, that resident taxpayers have an interest in making sure that the laws of their City are upheld which should be sufficient to confer standing in a case like this. 

 

    Finally, the City's municipal government holds power in trust for the benefit of its citizens and the City is not acting in good faith by knowingly violating their own law that they themselves enacted and then deliberately using an appeals process to obfuscate. Although the building at issue is already half-built, we are contemplating the best course of action going forward, including a possible appeal, to ensure that our municipal government is acting in the best interest of its citizens.

Trees forced to give way to tunnel under MDR

As if 122 acres of new concrete wasn't damaging enough to the green-ness of Highland Park, Ryan and the City plan to raze stands of very old, very stately trees. It's NOT easy staying green in Highland Bridge.

Get the whole story here:

We are regaled daily with articles about the need for higher density buildings (usually linked to multi-family, higher-rise buildings).

These clarion calls for change are typically linked to racism, i.e. if you oppose high-density you oppose affordable housing. If you oppose affordable housing you are racist.

Is this the connection which our city should be making? Is it really a good way to go or is it actually an unintentional form of discrimination?

Click here and see what science says.

NLSP remains committed to promoting responsible community development that enhances the existing neighborhood and the City overall. we need your financial support to ensure that we have the resources to help fund this effort, the pending petition, and future legal action. Please consider making a contribution to support NLSP's Legal Action Fund by clicking HERE.