About Discussions

Discussions allow you to contribute to an online dialogue around a specific initiative. City of Edina staff create and monitor discussions. Each discussion has one or more subtopics where you can add your thoughts or respond to other users’ comments.

Discussion: 2013 Budget

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The City Council will soon begin reviewing its 2013 budget and developing its 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Plan.

Changes are happening with some of Edina's recreational facilities. What are you thoughts?

The City of Edina was established in 1888. One hundred twenty-five years later, the City is more than 98 percent developed. As more redevelopment of property occurs in Edina, the City is confronted with continually changing land uses that can affect the area surrounding that property.

The Comprehensive Plan is the City's long-term guide to how property should be developed and redeveloped. An objective the the comprehensive plan, the City will take an active role in future redevelopment strategies.

There have recently been several areas of the City redeveloped and even more that are proposed, such as Byerly's, 7171 France Ave.; Phoenix Plaza, 6996 France Ave.; a medical office building and retail area, 6500 France Ave.; and proposed apartments in the southeast corner of Southdale Center.

Discussion: Healthier Edina

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In September 2011, the cities of Edina, Bloomington and Richfield joined forces with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to become the first do.towns.

do.town is a 18-month initiative to promote healthier lifestyle while trying to remove barriers that may prevent residents ability to lead healthy lives. do.town will work with its partner, city leaders, to  "think and talk about ideas that make the healthy choice the easy choice in the places we live, work and play."

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Contact the steering committee by emailing Mail@EdinaMN.gov.

Led by a volunteer citizen committee, Name Your Neighborhood is a community effort to identify names and boundaries for neighborhoods within the City of Edina. The project is the first step toward voluntary city-recognized neighbor associations. City staff is continuing to work on other policies related to neighborhood associations this summer and fall so that residents, if they so choose, can form associations once the neighborhood identification and naming process is complete.  Learn more about the project and follow the Name Your Neighborhood blog here.

View the maps here:
Northeast Option No. 1
Northeast Option No. 2

Northwest Option No. 1
Northwest Option No. 2

Southeast Option No. 1
Southeast Option No. 2

Southwest Option No. 1
Southwest Option No. 2

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This discussion is open Sept. 13-Oct. 20, 2012.

Contact the Steering Committee by emailing Mail@EdinaMN.gov.

Thank you for participating in the earlier discussion regarding map options for neighborhood boundaries and names! Based on the considerable feedback we received online, through email, comments and canvassing, the proposed maps have been revised and are ready for additional community input. We will be collecting comments through Oct. 20. All comments will be included in the Committee's recommendation in a report to the City Council in December.

Learn more about the Name Your Neighborhood project.
View the previous discussion

Revised Neighborhood Maps:
City-wide Map
Northeast Quadrant
Northwest Quadrant
Southeast Quadrant
Southwest Quadrant

Discussion: Gardening in Edina

Edina gardeners of all types can use this space to share tips, tricks and ideas to make the most of your growing season.

Share what worked in your garden and what didn't, what you grew and what you want to grow next year.

Contact the Steering Committee by emailing Mail@EdinaMN.gov.

Give us your feedback on the potential for neighborhood associations and on the draft neighborhood association policy.

Discussion: Northeast Quadrant

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Contact the Steering Committee by emailing Mail@EdinaMN.gov.

View the most recent map and provide your feedback for the northeast quadrant.

Discussion: Northwest Quadrant

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Contact the Steering Committee by emailing Mail@EdinaMN.gov.

View the most recent map  and provide your feedback for the northwest quadrant.

Go back to the Name Your Neighborhood project.

Discussion: Southeast Quadrant

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Contact the Steering Committee by emailing Mail@EdinaMN.gov.

View the most recent map and provide your feedback for the southeast quadrant.

Go back to the Name Your Neighborhood project.

Discussion: Southwest Quadrant

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Contact the Steering Committee by emailing Mail@EdinaMN.gov.

View the most recent map and provide your feedback for the southwest quadrant.

Go back to the Name Your Neighborhood project.

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The Planning Commission and City Staff are looking for resident input to help ensure a balance among homeowners planning to move, existing neighbors impacted by new construction and new homeowners moving into our community. Here is your chance to provide feedback and propose solutions to redevelopment issues currently impacting the City.

Edina continues to be a disirable community. As a result, it has expereinced a large increase in the removal of existing homes and construction of new homes in established neighborhoods. This trend has sparked concern among residents. The Planning Commission established a subcommittee to identify residential zoning issues and suggest possible changes to our current zoning codes and policies.

Please keep all comments constructive and civil.

Discussion: Food-to-Liquor Ratio

The City is interested to find out how the community feels about the food-to-liquor ratio restaurants holding intoxicating liquor licenses much comply with, otherwise known as the 60-40 Rule.

Note: The City is not proposing a change at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as informational only.

Discussion: Outdoor Ice Rinks

The City operates 12 seasonal outdoor ice skating rinks at Arden, Cornelia School, Countryside, Creek Valley, Highlands, Lewis, Normandale, Pamela, Strachauer, Todd, Walnut Ridge and Weber parks. All locations have warming houses, general skating rinks and hockey rinks. The rinks are open from mid- to late-December until February or early March, depending on weather conditions, and are groomed daily.

Discussion: Community Events

Two successful art fairs are held in Edina each year, and a popular July 4 parade is held. Edina does not currently have a community festival like some other Cities.

The City of Edina is interested is what you think about an annual community event.

Note: The City is not proposing a change at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as informational only.

Discussion: Food Trucks

The City is interested to find out how the community feels about food trucks.

Note: The City is not proposing a change at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as informational only.

The City of Edina anticipates making improvements to the parking ramps in downtown Edina at 50th & France this summer. The City is looking for ideas and feedback for the upcoming improvements to the ramps.

The City wants to learn more about what people think about the organized garbage hauling. Some cities have zoned garbage hauling where there are several haulers, but one per zone. Some cities even have one garbage hauler for the entire city, whereas Edina allows its residents to choose from a number of licensed haulers. See the topics to weigh in!

Note: The City is not proposing a change at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as informational only.

The City is interested to find out how the community feels about incentives for conservation. 


Note: The City is not proposing a change at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as informational only.

Discussion: Bee Keeping

The City wants to learn more about what people think about bee keeping. Currently, cities like Minneapolis allow residential bee keeping with a permit and some restrictions. Bees are a vital part of our food system, pollenating plants and flowers. However, the numbers of bees has declined dramatically due to the overuse of pesticides, diseases and parasites. Residential bee keeping could help re-stabilize bee populations.

Note: The City is not proposing a change at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as informational only.

The City of Edina has a biennial process to identify long-term capital improvement priorities that we call the Capital Improvement Plan, or CIP. Capital improvement projects include large, one-time investments like vehicles, buildings, parks and streets. Capital improvements do not include ongoing expenses like new staff positions or services. The City of Edina is working on the next CIP for the 2015-2019 construction period.

A summary of the proposed plan can be found here. The full plan is available here.

We want to know what you think about the 2015-2019 CIP. Speak Up, Edina!

The City is interested to find out how the community feels about spending on public art. 


Note: The City is not proposing a change at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as informational only.

What do you want to see at Fred Richards Park? Join the discussion and let us know!

Background:

  • At the March 18, 2014 City Council meeting, the Council accepted the recommendation of staff and the Park Board to close Fred Richards Golf Course at the end of the 2014 season.
  • At the April 22, 2014 City Council meeting, the City Council authorized a consulting services proposal for a reuse study and visioning for a master plan for Fred Richards Golf Course.
  • The City will use an inclusive public process in order to create a park design plan for the future of Fred Richards Golf Course.

Please provide input on this important project for the City of Edina!

Discussion: Capital Improvements

The City of Edina has a biennial process to identify long-term capital improvement priorities that we call the Capital Improvement Plan, or CIP. Capital improvement projects include large, one-time investments like vehicles, buildings, parks and streets. Capital improvements do not include ongoing expenses like new staff positions or services. Edina's last CIP was completed in the fall of 2012 and covered the construction period from 2013-2017. A summary of that plan can be found here. During summer and fall of 2014, the City will work on the next CIP for the 2015-2019 construction period. We want to know what you think should be included in the 2015-2019 CIP. Speak Up, Edina!

Discussion: Dog Parks

The City of Edina currently operates a year-round dog park/OLA (off-leash area) at Van Valkenburg Park, and a seasonal OLA at Strachauer Park. Should more be added?

The City of Edina is interested is what you think about dog parks.

Note: The City is not proposing a change at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as informational only.

Discussion: Edina Senior Center

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The City is interested to find out how the community feels about the Edina Senior Center. 


Note: The City is not proposing a change at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as informational only.

Discussion: Fred Richards Vision

At a July 30 open house, resident feedback for potential site amenities was solicited. The overall vision for repurposing Fred Richards was also discussed based on information received from residents. Click here to view the presentation and answer the questions below.

Discussion: Community Gardens

The City of Edina began its first community garden in 2013. The Yorktown Park Community Garden, next to Edina Fire Station No. 2, contains 10 10-by-10 foot plots and 40 10-by-15 foot plots. Plot priority is given to those who have rented a plot in the past, then new plot renters who are Edina residents, followed by new renters who work in Edina, then new renters who do not live or work in Edina. The Yorktown Park Community Garden has filled up very quickly in its first two years.

The City of Edina is interested is what you think about community gardens in Edina.

Note: The City is not proposing a change at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as informational only.

Discussion: Vision Edina

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Vision Edina is an exciting, new, broad-based and inclusive community visioning process. The Vision Edina initiative will work with local residents, organizations and businesses to explore:

  • What is unique and important about living in Edina?
  • Where is there opportunity or need to evolve or change?
  • How can we continue to progress to keep the City relevant and attractive to current and future residents and businesses?
  • What is our competitive edge?

Vision Edina will serve as an important foundation for other strategic efforts, such as the City's Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Plans. When finished, Vision Edina will replace Edina Vision 20/20, which was developed in 2000 and updated in 2003.

The City has partnered with Future iQ Partners, an international consultancy company, to guide us through the visioning process. Key steps include:

  • Phase 1 (August 2014) -- Background research on existing and future trends.
  • Phase 2 (September 2014) -- Local 'think-tank' process, exploration of future options.
  • Phase 3 (October to November 2014) -- Community workshops on future options.
  • Phase 4 (December 2014 to January 2015) -- Analysis of results and defining the emerging shared vision.

Read the Scenarios of the Future Report from the think tank workshop in September. 

View the Community Profile and Benchmark Analysis, completed by Future iQ Partners.

Vision Edina is an opportunity for all residents to continue to create our shared future vision!

Discussion: Plastic Bags

Plastic bags have become a staple in modern retail, being used in many commercial businesses. It is estimated that more than 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year around the world, most of which are thrown away. Several cities around the country have banned plastic bags. Should the City of Edina follow suit?

NOTE: The City is not proposing any changes to local law at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as information only.

Discussion: City Tagline

The City of Edina does not have an official tagline. For many years, the City has used part of its vision statement, "For living, learning, raising families and doing business..." as a sort of tagline. The City is interested in what you think about city taglines.

 

NOTE: The City is not proposing any changes to local law at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as information only.

Thriving business clusters of all types dot the City. Major commercial shopping nodes include 50th & France, Edina’s downtown; the greater Southdale area, which includes Southdale Center, the nation’s first fully enclosed and climate-controlled shopping mall, Galleria and Centennial Lakes Plaza; 44th & France; 70th & Cahill; Wooddale/Valley View and Highway 169 at Bren Road and Lincoln Drive. One of the City’s goals is to create a diverse and dynamic economy through the development of new businesses and the improvement of existing businesses.

Discussion: Edina Liquor Laws

In November, Minneapolis residents voted to repeal a local ordinance that required restaurants outside of downtown Minneapolis and major commercial areas to adhere to a 70-30 food-to-liquor sales ratio, which affected about 70 neighborhood restaurants. Other restaurants in the City were limited to a 60-40 ratio which was also repealed. Edina requires a food-to-liquor sales ratio of 60-40 percent.

In early 2014, the City also held a similar discussion asking residents’ opinions about adjusting the existing ratio.

What do you think about Edina's liquor laws?

NOTE: The City is not proposing any changes to local law at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as information only.

Discussion: Living Streets Plan

Living Streets balance the needs of motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders in ways that promote safety and convenience, enhance community identity, create economic vitality, improve environmental sustainability, and provide meaningful opportunities for active living and better health. The Living Streets Policy defines Edina’s vision for Living Streets, the principles Living Streets will embody, and the plan that will guide implementation of their construction.

The Living Streets Policy was developed to provide the framework for a Living Streets Plan. The policy initially stood alone and included sections to guide the creation of the Living Street Plan. This revised policy is now an integral part of the Living Streets Plan. The Living Streets Plan implements the Policy by incorporating Living Streets in the regular course of business of maintaining, expanding por redeveloping the road network.

The City would like your input on the draft Living Streets Plan! Click here to review the Plan.

In June, the Centennial Lakes Park Farmers Market will kick-off its seventh season. The weekly market allows consumers to purchase directly from farmers, growers and producers, ensuring a high level of freshness and quality. Approximately three dozen vendors set up along the walkways outside Hughes Pavilion and sell items such as fruits, vegetables, meats, jams, honey, cheeses, breads, confections and more. The Market is held 3-7 p.m. Thursday June 16 to Sept. 29, 2016.

After several years of a community-led planning and discussion, the City Council unanimously adopted a long-term vision for the Grandview District as documented in the 2012 Development Framework. After additional discussion and planning in 2013-2014, it is now time to begin implementing this vision.

The 3.3-acre site, 5146 Eden Ave., was formerly used by Edina's Public Works Department and has been vacant since 2010 when Public Works moved to a new location. The City is working in partnership with Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate Group to prepare possible mixed-use scenarios to reuse the vacant site.

Over the years, there have been many thoughtful ideas regarding the site. This is the time to renew a serious conversation about what the community truly needs on the site and what the taxpayers are willing to support. Please share your thoughts and ideas!

Discussion: Public Safety

The City of Edina provides police, fire and EMS services. According to the 2015 Quality of Life Survey, 21 percent of residents surveyed have contacted the Police Department in the last year. In addition, 98 percent of those surveyed rate fire and EMS services as “excellent” or “good.” Police services received an “excellent” or “good” rating from 90 percent and 87 percent gave those marks for crime prevention. About 4 percent of those surveyed said “safety” is the biggest issue facing Edina.

Discussion: City Communications

The City of Edina uses many communications vehicles, including a website (www.EdinaMN.gov), multiple social media sites (City Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram; Facebook pages for Edina Liquor, Centennial Lakes Park, Edina Art Center, Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Arena, Edina Aquatic Center, Edinborough Park, Braemar Field and Edina Senior Center), About Town and Edition: Edina publications, legal notices, City Extra emails, Edina To Go mobile app, Edina Channels 16 and 813, press releases and local media and more. In this month's discussion, the City is interested in what you think of how the City communicates.

Discussion: Fire Sprinklers

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In October, State Law was changed to require fire sprinklers in all new homes larger than 4,500 square feet. Eighty-five percent of all fire deaths occur in homes, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Automatic fire sprinklers cut the risk of dying in a house fire by 80 percent. Yet, less than 5 percent of all homes, including multi-unit homes, have sprinklers. Should all homes have sprinkler systems?

The City of Edina is interested in what you think about residential fire sprinklers.

NOTE: The City is not proposing any changes to local law at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as information only.

 

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The City of Edina does not officially recognize Columbus Day, the second Monday in October, as a holiday.

A proposal by the Human Rights & Relations Commission to establish the second Monday in October as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” follows local, state and international movements to recognize the contributions of indigenous people in culture and history. Such a designation encourages schools, faith organizations and civic groups to hold programs to educate the public about the indigenous people and to celebrate their contributions to our communities. 

Other cities, including Berkeley, Calif., Denver, Colo., Red Wing, Minn., and Minneapolis, have already established such designations. The proposed recognition would not alter the City’s day-to-day activities. City Hall and all city offices and schools would still remain open, and meetings and all city activities would still be scheduled throughout the day.

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The City of Edina is in the process of updating its Sidewalk Facility Map, which indicates Edina streets that currently have sidewalks and streets where sidewalks are planned to be added over the next 20 to 30 years. This new map will be amended into the Pedestrian Facilities section of the Comprehensive Plan. There are four public meetings scheduled to gather input based on the City's four quadrants: 

  • Northwest Edina – 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square
  • Southwest Edina – 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, Edina Public Works, 7450 Metro Boulevard
  • Northeast Edina – 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St.
  • Southeast Edina – 6-8 pm. Wednesday, Nov. 19, Edina Public Works, 7450 Metro Boulevard

We want to know what you think about the Sidewalk Plan. View the staff memo to the City Council. View the revised Sidewalk Facilities Map.

Over the last five months, the design team has considered hundreds of comments and suggestions received by the public as they prepared redevelopment scenarios for the vacant 3.3-acre former Public Works site.

Three potential scenarios have been prepared. Each scenario includes a combination of public and private uses. Since the planning is still in the early stages, full details have not yet been determined.

Help further refine these concepts by reviewing the site plan, public uses and providing additional comments below.All comments will be shared with the City Council as they decide on the best options for the community. For more information on the options and the process, visit www.EdinaMN.gov/Grandview.

The site planning for the City’s former Public Works site at 5146 Eden has advanced to the “Discovery Phase”. Over the last few months, the design team has collected hundreds of ideas and suggestions regarding how to re-use this site that has been vacant since 2010.

On March 11, the City held a “Discovery Session” to share preliminary concepts on how a mixture of public and private uses could be arranged on the site. Three different scenarios were presented to gain community input on how the site could be arranged.

Each scenario shows different combinations, massing, and scale of public and private functions. The preliminary site planning scenarios each include:

  • community/civic space,
  • outdoor civic plaza,
  • parking garage,
  • new east-west street,
  • multifamily housing,
  • professional office/flex space, and
  • retail/restaurant space

Please note that each of these scenarios are preliminary in nature. Full details have not yet been determined. They are being shared in their early stages so that the community has an additional opportunity to shape the projects considered for this City-owned land.

Discussion: Drive Thrus

Drive-thrus are allowed in Planned Commercial Districts (PCD) and have different regulations depending on the use, according to City Code Sections 36-613 and 614. There are more than a dozen drive-thrus in Edina for businesses such as restaurants, banks and pharmacies.

What do you think about drive-thrus?

NOTE: The City is not proposing any changes to local law at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as information only.

The City of Edina's transportation network continues to evolve for all types of users as sidewalks are built as part of the sidewalk facilities map, more bike facilities are added and streets are reconstructed and improved. Several bus transit lines also cross the city. 

The City is interested in what you think about transportation options in Edina.

The consultant for the Wooddale/Valley View study has created a draft Small Area Plan. Click here to review the plan, and give us your comments to the questions below.

Discussion: Street Lighting

Public street lighting helps provide residents with a feeling of safety and security at night. However, some believe that street lighting is invasive, bothersome or wasteful. 

The City is interested in what you think about street lighting.

NOTE: The City is not proposing any changes to local law at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as information only.

The City has more than 30 neighborhood parks around the city, each unique in its own way with different amenities. Throughout the year, but primarily in the summer, the Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of programming opportunities from Fab 4 & 5, Summer Playgrounds and sports camps to art classes, tennis lessons and adaptive recreation.

Discussion: Styrofoam

More cities around the country are banning or discouraging the use of Styrofoam takeout containers at restaurants. Earlier this year, the City of Minneapolis banned Styrofoam containers, requiring take-out food be placed in reusable, recyclable or compostable containers. In December 2014, the City asked what you though about banning plastic bags.

This month, the City wants to know what you think about banning Styrofoam containers.

 

NOTE: The City is not proposing any changes to local law at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as information only.

Discussion: Advertising

The City has sold advertising for many years to help offset the production costs of some of its publications. Currently, advertising space is sold in the City's AboutTown magazine, the Senior Center's The Times newsletter and the Parks & Recreation Department's Activities Directory. The City also sells advertising space on dasherboards in Braemar Arena and Backyard Rink, on season tickets at Braemar Field and tee dividers at the Braemar Golf Dome. The City also sells sponsorships for "Enterprise Edina" and "Beyond the Badge," two television shows produced by the City.

Discussion: Recycling Services

The City of Edina currently provides single-hauler recycling pick-up for residents. Residents are provided with a rolling cart to store recyclables, and recycling is picked up every other week. If needed, residents may request a second cart at no additional charge. Residents are charged $6 per quarter for recycling services, payable with their quarterly utility bills from the City.

The City of Edina restricts on-street parking from Nov. 1 to March 31. During that time, vehicles are not allowed to park on a City street, highway or alley under the following conditions: when 1.5 inches of show has fallen, until it has been plowed to the curbline; from 1 to 6 a.m. regardless of wintery conditions; and for no more than six consecutive hours unless otherwise signed, enforced on a complaint basis (enforceable year-round).

Cars parked on streets make snow removal difficult and prevent a street from being thoroughly plowed. Not only can vehicles be buried or plowed in, causing visibility and safety issues, the driver could also be subject to a ticket and/or tow.

 

Discussion: Volunteerism

In addition to those who volunteer on the City of Edina’s advisory boards and commissions, the City also relies on community volunteers for a variety of needs to augment staff. Many service and volunteer clubs and organizations exist throughout the community, offering residents ways to get involved.

Discussion: Open Streets on 50th

In September 2015, the City and the 50th & France Business Association held the first “Open Streets on 50th” event, closing streets in the area to focus on non-motorized use of Edina’s streets. Organizers estimate nearly 9,000 people attended the four-hour event. More than 100 businesses, community organizations, service clubs and athletic associations provided food, entertainment, information and more. The mission of Open Streets on 50th is to get outside, get active and to make connections. Organizers are planning the second Open Streets on 50th for Sunday, Sept. 25.

Discussion: Organics Recycling

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Hennepin County has a goal to have 75 percent of waste recycled by 2030. In 2015, 46 percent of waste generated in Hennepin County was diverted to recycling or organics recycling. Even though recycling in the County has steadily increased, it’s slowed down the last few years. To help reach this goal, the City of Edina encourages residents to increase their participation in recycling, including recycling organics. While only one of the refuse haulers licensed in Edina currently accepts organics, there are other ways to reduce waste by composing organics at home. The City of Edina is currently offering residents free MaxAir compost buckets and BioBags, to collect kitchen scraps.

Showing its commitment to “living streets,” the City of Edina has made substantial improvements to its transportation network in recent years, making the streets better for all users – motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. The City has also worked to educate the public about laws related to use of the streets.

The City of Edina has a biennial process to identify long-term capital improvement priorities that we call the Capital Improvement Plan, or CIP. Capital improvement projects include large, one-time investments like vehicles, buildings, parks and streets. Capital improvements do not include ongoing expenses like new staff positions or services. Edina's last CIP was completed in the fall of 2014 and covered the construction period from 2015-2019. A summary of that plan can be found here (the full version is available here). During summer and fall of 2016, the City will work on the next CIP for the 2017-2021 construction period. We want to know what you think should be included in the 2017-2021 CIP. Speak Up, Edina!

Discussion: 50th & France

50th & France, Edina’s downtown, has a long history as a successful retail area. Current-day 50th & France is home to a variety of business, shops and restaurants. It is also the center of several annual events, including the Edina Art Fair, Open Streets on 50th, Pumpkin Fest and more. The City of Edina owns and maintains the parking ramps in the district and maintains the sidewalks. One of Edina Liquor’s three locations is also located at 50th & France.

Discussion: Edina Aquatic Center

The Edina Aquatic Center is the perfect place to cool off during the hot summers. Equipped an Olympic-sized pool, zip line, diving boards, lap swimming, water slide, a zero-depth entry pool, The Lost Wave FlowRider surf simulator, and dry-land play area, the Aquatic Center attracts tens of thousands of visitors every summer. The Aquatic Center also serves food at a concessions stand and has oversized "funbrellas," chaise lounges and shade trellises. Visitors can purchase season passes or pay a daily admission.

Discussion: Vision Edina Strategy

A draft Strategy Vision and Framework is now available for Vision Edina! Click here to review the draft, and give your feedback to the draft vision below.

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The City of Edina offers free WiFi at all of its major buildings and some parks. The "Edina Open" wireless network is provided as a service to the community. Conference rooms are also available after hours for the public to reserve as well as warming houses in City parks. Computers and projectors are available in some of those spaces, but not all. 

Discussion: Water Conservation

Water sources vary from ground and surface water, and can be supplied by the City or from private wells for drinking, cleaning, sanitation, irrigation and more. In the Twin Cities metro area, approximately 20 percent of all treated drinking water is used outdoors, with a majority of this being used on lawns and landscapes. According to a University of Minnesota Extension and Metropolitan Council study, water use in the summer months is nearly three times greater than water use in the winter.

The City has an odd-even sprinkling ordinance to conserve water. Homes with even-numbered addresses may water their lawns before 11 a.m. or after 5 p.m. on even-numbered dates of the week. Homes with odd-numbered addresses may water before 11 a.m. or after 5 p.m. on odd-numbered dates.

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The City of Edina's Parks and Recreation department will be starting a master planning process in November for the site that once held the Fred Richards Golf Course. The City will have a significant public engagement process to inform and direct the master planning process for Fred Richard Park.

Background: At the March 18, 2014 City Council meeting, the Council accepted the recommendation of staff and the Park Board to close Fred Richards Golf Course at the end of the 2014 season. A month later, the City Council authorized a consulting services proposal for a reuse study and visioning for a master plan for Fred Richards Golf Course. Now the City is doing what it can to use an inclusive public process in order to create a park design plan for the future of Fred Richards Golf Course.

For more information, click here.

  • NOTE: The City is not proposing any changes to local law at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as information only.

Discussion: Neighborhood Parks

Edina has nearly 40 neighborhood parks, each with unique amenities, programming and users. These parks cover 1,560 acres of land in the city and play a large role in the quality of life in Edina. The feedback from this discussion will be compiled and presented to the City Council Feb. 22.

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The Southdale Library Site at 70th and York Avenue will be redeveloped in the next three to five years. A new regional library will be constructed on the 8-acre site. There is also room for more, such as housing, offices or retail on the unused portions of the property. The Edina Housing and Redevelopment Authority is collecting ideas and suggestions from the community. These ideas will shape a Request for Proposal (RFP) that will be issued to real estate developers. The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will review the proposals and decide a general course of action during summer 2017. 

For more information, click here.

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The City of Edina owns several parcels of land near 50th & France. After issuing a Request for Proposals to add public parking, commercial space and a vibrant streetscape, the Buhl Investors/Saturday Properties development team was selected as the preferred development partner. Their concept consists of two distinct components that would be constructed separately.

Phase 1 involves expanding and remodeling the existing North Ramp to include more public parking and new commercial space on the street level. Phase 2 includes replacing the aging Center Ramp with new commercial space and apartments centered on a new public plaza. Two levels of parking for residents and the general public would be below ground.