The City Council meets Friday, August 2nd, at 9:30 a.m.
Please try to be there to show your support for Save Dinkytown. The meeting is in the City Council Chamber, Room 317 City Hall. We’ll make some signs but feel free to make and bring your own. There likely won’t be public comment time so a physical presence in the room is crucial.
1. Please contact your Council Member. If you simply phone them and identify yourself as a constituent who wants them to oppose the rezoning of Dinkytown, that counts a lot.
2. An email to them with the same message is also powerful. Add the other Council Members to the cc field of your email so it reaches all of them.
3. It is also helpful if you give at least one substantive basis for your opposition to the rezoning. Some possible points are listed below:
City Council contact information
Kevin Reich 612 673-2201 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cam Gordon 612 673-2202 email@example.com
Barbara Johnson 612 673-2204 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Goodman 612 673-2207 email@example.com
Gary Schiff 612 673-2209 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg Tuthill 612 673-2210 email@example.com
Diane Hofstede 612 673-2203 firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Samuels 612 673-2205 email@example.com
Robert Lilligren 612 673-2206 firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Glidden 612 673-2208 email@example.com
John Quincy 612 673-2211 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Colvin Roy 612 673-2212 email@example.com
Betsy Hodges 612 673-2213 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can pick one of these reasons listed below for opposing the rezoning of Dinkytown and paste it into your email urging each Council Member to oppose the rezoning when they meet on Friday, Aug. 2nd to vote on this.
1. The four-square block Dinkytown commercial core was never intended by the neighborhood Master Plan to be part of the higher density student apartment developments that are adding 4000 upscale units to the area near Dinkytown. Destroying Dinkytown is too high a price for all students to pay, just to get a few hundred more such units that further diminish affordability and diversity for young people seeking a University education.
2. If the City Council gives its approval to the rezoning, it would set a precedent for granting a similar rezoning change for the other blocks in the Dinkytown commercial core (and even for other similarly zoned, C1, small business cores throughout the City’s neighborhoods). This would lead to upscale condos and apartments displacing their locally owned small businesses.
3. Why this rush to judgment to open the door for rezoning all of Dinkytown? The City needs to step back—do the proper planning involving all stakeholders— wait for the Dinkytown Small Area Plan to emerge and then ask for Developer proposals that adhere to the current C1 zoning.