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MINUTES <br /> OF THE WORK SESSION <br /> OF THE EDINA CITY COUNCIL <br /> AND EDINA HOUSING TASK FORCE <br /> HELD TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2006 <br /> AT 5:00 P.M. <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M. in Classroom One of the Edina <br /> Senior Center. Answering rollcall were the following members of the City Council: <br /> Members Housh, Masica, Swenson and Mayor Hovland. Member Hulbert entered the <br /> meeting at 5:10 p.m. Members of the Edina Public Art Committee in attendance included: <br /> Doug Mayo, Chair, Michael Fischer, Planning Commission Representative, Cappy Moore, <br /> Janice Williams, Barb McFarlane, Doug Johnson, Jeff Huggett, Bob Aderhold, John Helling, <br /> Sharon Ming, and Sally Krusell. Staff present included: Gordon Hughes, City Manager, <br /> Susan Heiberg, Administrative Assistant, Joyce Repya, Associate Planner, Jennifer <br /> Bennerotte, Communications and Marketing Director and Debra Mangen, City Clerk. <br /> Housing Task Force Chair Mayo reviewed the executive summary of the "Housing <br /> Succession Plan for Edina's Future developed by the Task Force. Using a power point slide <br /> presentation Mr. Mayo reviewed the following: <br /> After months of research, intense discussion, and input from community sources, the Task <br /> Force recommended that Edina City Council implement a Housing Succession Plan to help <br /> sustain the community. Mr. Mayo outlined the five primary strategies: <br /> 1. Adopt a mandatory inclusionary zoning policy; <br /> 2. Update the Comprehensive Plan to convert appropriate areas to mixed-use and to <br /> provide for greater density in appropriate areas; <br /> 3. Use the greater Southdale Area as a demonstration of a cutting-edge livable, <br /> pedestrian-friendly urban redevelopment; <br /> 4. Create long-term opportunities to make a portion of Edina's existing housing stock <br /> affordable to more people and families; and <br /> 5. Leverage existing housing programs to create more opportunities for hardworking, <br /> moderate and lower-income families. <br /> Mr. Mayo explained the Housing Succession Plan would be built on the idea that continuous <br /> renewal was essential to vital communities. Edina was a City with a variety of people across <br /> age and economic spectrums—young families, seniors, teachers, professionals, lifelong <br /> residents and newcomers. Because of housing costs, it would be likely that this diversity <br /> would diminish. With average home sales prices increasing by $185,000 from about $215,000 <br /> to over $400,000 between 1997 and 2004, living in Edina was becoming unaffordable for <br /> many. Of the more than 21,000 households in Edina, more than 7,700 have incomes of less <br /> than $50,000 per year; nearly 3,300 have incomes of $25,000 or less. Of these 7,200 <br /> households, approximately 3,500 pay 30 percent or more of their income for housing, a <br /> standard measure of affordability. <br />