Valley planning process continues Tuesday

The next public meeting to plan for the future of Minot’s river valley will be Tuesday in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

The City of Minot, in cooperation with its consultant, Stantec, has been conducting the River Front and Center project to give valley residents an opportunity to design a master plan for neighborhoods recovering from the 2011 flood.

A meeting that was scheduled for Monday has been rescheduled due to conflict with a city budget hearing. The meeting for neighborhoods west of Broadway now will be held Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in St. Mark’s, located at 2209-4th Ave NW. Neighborhoods east of Broadway will meet at 7 p.m. in the church. Residents of any neighborhood can attend either meeting, however.

Both meetings will open with a presentation on proposals for the valley generated so far.

“Now we have some concept plans. We have put those ideas onto the maps so we have a master plan,” said Phil Carlson, senior planner with Stantec.

Ideas for each of the six neighborhoods in the project will be explained at the meeting. The overall idea has been to connect neighborhoods with the future greenway created by a flood protection project, Carlson said.

“A focus of most of these neighborhoods is how do we connect parks, schools and other destinations and trails and sidewalks to that future greenway, then make use of that greenway mostly for parks and open space,” he said.

Following the presentation, participants will be able to review maps and examine the plans in more detail in an open house setting. Stantec planners and city staff will be present to answer questions. People are encouraged to fill out comment cards with additional suggestions that will go into creating a draft plan to be presented at a future meeting this fall.