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Minutes/Edina City CounciWfuly 3,200 <br /> Mr. Teague introduced Andrea Moffatt of WSB &Associates, Inc. who made a presentation to the <br /> Council giving further details on the Gateway Area Study AUAR. Using a graphic slide <br /> presentation, Ms. Moffatt briefly explained the AUAR process as follows: <br /> • Gateway Area -135 acres between TH100, the Fred Richards Golf Course, France Avenue <br /> and the border with Bloomington. <br /> • Purpose of AUAR - identify environmental impacts associated with development within <br /> the study area <br /> • Four scenarios reviewed included: <br /> • Comprehensive Plan- reflective of existing zoning within current Comp Plan <br /> • Master Plan - developer's proposed redevelopment of the Pentagon Towers and <br /> Quads sites into hotel, senior townhomes, office, and retail space. Remaining <br /> parcels remain as per current Comp Plan <br /> • Maximum Commercial - Pentagon Towers and Quads sites redeveloped with <br /> mostly commercial and office uses. Remaining parcels remain as per current <br /> Comp Plan <br /> • Maximum Residential - Pentagon Towers and Quads sites redeveloped with <br /> mostly residential uses, including townhomes and condominiums. Remaining <br /> parcels remain as per current Comp Plan <br /> • Main issues reviewed <br /> • Traffic impacts <br /> • Sanitary sewer impacts <br /> Ms. Moffatt noted the next step would be for the City Council to authorize distribution, stating <br /> this did not mean the City was adopting the AUAR. Once authorized for distribution, the AUAR <br /> will be submitted to required review agencies for a 30-day comment period. Agencies include <br /> the State Department of Natural Resources, Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of <br /> Transportation, Metropolitan Council, US Fish and Wildlife, Nine Mile Creek, and Hennepin <br /> County's Departments of Planning, Transportation and Environment. She said this was not the <br /> complete list of agencies just a sample. During the 30-day comment period a second public open <br /> house would be held, most likely sometime in August. Ms. Moffat explained that after comments <br /> were received, staff would review and revise as necessary the AUAR based on the comments <br /> received. The AUAR will then be reviewed by the City Council and authorized for submittal for <br /> a second 10-day agency review. Following the second 10-day review, the Council could consider <br /> the AUAR for adoption. She noted this adoption was anticipated to be in October. <br /> The Council discussed the AUAR and asked questions including: following the 30-day review, <br /> who was responsible for deciding which comments would be incorporated into the AUAR. Who <br /> would pay for the Cost of the AUAR, and who would be responsible for the mitigation costs of <br /> issues identified by the AUAR. Staff explained that City Staff and WSB would review the <br /> comments and revise the AUAR as needed. Mr. Hughes said the developer of the Gateway <br /> Project was paying the majority of the AUAR cost, but the City had agreed to pay for the portion <br /> of costs for the expanded area. Mr. Hughes stated mitigation costs would be distributed on a <br /> pro-rated basis to the parties involved, i.e. Metropolitan Council for the sewer interceptor, or <br /> through either a developer's agreement or special assessments. <br /> No one appeared to make public comment. <br /> Member Housh made a motion, seconded by Member Bennett to close the public hearing. <br /> Ayes: Bennett, Housh, Masica, Hovland <br /> Page 2 <br />