Linden Hills residents to confide their hopes and fears for the neighborhood, to help them shape a plan for its future development.
The survey, however, is set to close on the evening of Friday, Feb. 25. Once that happens, residents will have far fewer opportunities for input on the plan—many community workshops are scheduled, but according to the project's webpage, most of those meetings will only offer Linden Hills residents a chance to react to proposals and ideas.
The survey, available online, is seeking information on everything from how respondants get around Linden Hills in the winter, to things about Linden Hills that should be preserved or changed, and special places in the area.
Next week, the planners in charge of the survey will present their findings to two identical neighborhood meetings on Feb. 28, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., and then from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. A "virtual open house" is also tentatively scheduled for late April to showcase some of the alternatives planners draw up in response to the surveys and the Feb. 28 workshop.
A detailed version of the map above is available on the city's website.
Correction 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 2012:
What is a Small Area Plan?
A small area plan is a plan that is developed for a clearly delineated area and gives more detailed recommendations than would be provided in the City’s comprehensive plan. A small area plan does not function to replace the comprehensive plan but rather serves to refine its existing policies. It builds on the goals, policies and implementation steps in the comprehensive plan to provide a finer level of detail.
A small area plan is a document that outlines a long-range vision of typically 15 to 20 years for land use and development in the subject area. The plan examines the current conditions of the area, develops a future vision of what residents and business representatives want the neighborhood or area to become and then formulates specific goals, objectives, and policies or projects to implement that vision.