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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.

Karen Lehman November 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Please also report on those opposed to the D1 alternative, not just those in favor. Blogs have appeared on both sides. Balance, please.
Kelly L November 26, 2012 at 07:41 PM
• The locally preferred D1 option PAC vote had only 8 of the allowable 30 voting members attend. GV reprensented one Council Member, however, she was not eligible to vote. to see the full list: http://bottineautransitway.org/library/pdfs/PAC_representative_list_7_10_12.pdf Please attend the public forum to express your concern about the D1 alternative disrupting a wildlife area through the Mary Hills Park area, Walter J. Sochacki Park, the wetlands and Theodore Wirth Regional Park system. If you cannot attend, please contact the GV City Council at 763-593-8001 and leave a voicemail.

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