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Community Development Committee - September 18, 2018 Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Community Development Committee of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

The Community Development Committee Members present or absent were as follows:

Present: Commissioner John Strand, Jim Johnson, Michael Redlinger, Ken Enockson, Sami Eidenschink (FM HBA), Matthew Pike

Absent: Thomas Hill (United Way), Mayor Tim Mahoney, Shara Fischer, Linda Klebe, Melissa Rademacher (DCP), Samantha McDonald

Item 1. Welcome
Chairperson Strand welcomed Members to the meeting and introductions were made.

Item 2. Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting of August 21, 2018
Due to the lack of a quorum, the minutes from the August 21, 2018 Community Development Committee meeting could not be approved.

Item 3. 506 Broadway North – Storefront Rehab: CONTINUED
Planning Director Nicole Crutchfield shared that the proposed storefront rehabilitation application for 506 Broadway North was continued at the Historic Preservation Commission meeting that morning; therefore, this item will be continued to the next Community Development Committee meeting.

Item 4. Community Development Overview (Staff Presentation)
Ms. Crutchfield provided handouts to the Board and gave a presentation on the current structure, purpose, and function of the Community Development Committee. She noted that the policy and procedures for the Board need updating and that staff is looking to work with the Board to develop by-laws and ordinances.

Member Pike present.

Discussion was held on the tentative timeline and the current application process for community development funding, which includes Social Service funds and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)/HOME funds.

In addition, discussion continued regarding housing strategies, neighborhood stabilization and preservation, department staff duties, and bridging the gap between boards and commissions.

Item 5. Staff Updates
Ms. Crutchfield shared that the Social Service Fund applications should be ready for distribution soon, with a 30-day outreach campaign to follow.

She also highlighted that the FM Area Foundation is supporting and endorsing a Community Land Trust to be named the Cass-Clay Community Land Trust as an approach to affordable housing.

Item 6. Public Comments
In response to Item 3 on the agenda regarding the proposed storefront rehabilitation project for Cowboy Jack’s, located at 506 Broadway North, the following residents expressed their concerns:

Arlette Preston, 505 Broadway North, shared concerns of noise issues in the residential areas of the DMU, Downtown Mixed-Use zoning district, regarding open rooftop venues in the commercial areas of this zoning district.

Greg Danz, Zandbroz Variety, located at 420 Broadway North, noted concerns about regulating the noise ordinance and how it is enforced.

BruceTaralson, 608 Main Avenue, shared information about past noise concerns surrounding his property, how noise was measured, and how the issue was resolved.

Discussion was held on the review process for Storefront Rehabilitation Grant applications.

Item 7. Other Business
No other business was presented.

Item 8. Adjourn
The time at adjournment was 3:32 p.m.