City To Discuss Bottineau Plans with Hennepin County, Met Council
At a council/manager meeting on Nov. 13, city staff will revisit plans for the Bottineau Transitway and the D1 Alignment, which is the Locally Preferred Alternative.
At a meeting tonight,the Golden Valley City Council will revisit plans for the Bottineau Transitway.Representatives from the Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County will also be present to answer questions about the project.
"I think its important for this communication to happen," Mayor Shep Harris told Patch in October. "We need to have these conversations to discuss concerns and get clarification."
According to council documents, supporting the D1 Alignment, which is the Locally Preferred Alternative, doesn't mean that the city is saying "yes" to Bottineau plans.
"Support of the LPA does not imply approval to construct a light rail transit facility," City Planner Joe Hogeboom said in documents. "Rather, it allows the study of the process to continue."
The D1 Alignment is a light rail path that would bring the train parallel to the eastern boundary of Theodore Wirth Park.
On Sept. 5, after the D1 Alignment was chosen to be the Locally Preferred Alternative by the Policy Advisory Committee and the Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board gave written support of the pathway.
Some residents are also in favor of reassessing the plans for the Bottineau project. In a blog published on Golden Valley Patch on Sept. 25, resident Andrea Wiley urged the Golden Valley City Council to consider the D1 Alignment.