Results Presented at March 6 City Council Meeting
Throughout the summer and fall of 2016, the City of Minnetonka asked residents to provide feedback for a community-wide visioning and strategic planning project, Imagine Minnetonka. Residents of all ages were asked to share their response to the question: “How do you want your city to look and feel in the next 20 years?”
Hundreds of ideas were submitted in a variety of ways -- in-person, online and via social media -- before the community engagement period concluded in November 2016.
Since then, the city has been analyzing the data with help from Rebecca Ryan, the economist and consultant who is spearheading the strategic planning effort. Ryan is planning to present the results and her accompanying recommendations to the Minnetonka City Council Monday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers (14600 Minnetonka Blvd.). Attend the meeting in person or watch via eminnetonka.com.
Three strong themes have already emerged from the feedback that was received:
- Character: Participants stressed the importance of maintaining and preserving the features that give Minnetonka its unique character, including wetlands, parks and open spaces.
- Connection: Residents expressed an interest in the creation of more trails and sidewalks to safely connect the city, as well as more opportunities to connect with others and build relationships in the community.
- Citizens: The city received lots of feedback about the importance of protecting and preserving the outstanding quality of life currently enjoyed in Minnetonka, and the desire to ensure the same quality of life is available for all citizens in the years to come.
Why is the city doing this?
Minnetonka has a reputation for being responsive and ahead of the curve. This is already a great place to live; with your help we can continue to make it great for generations to come.
What is the city going to do with the results?
All the results will be tabulated and compared to trends -- such as demographics, environmental, economic and others -- that will impact Minnetonka’s future. With the support of city staff, the city council will determine how to include citizens' input into the day to day workings of the city.
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Rebecca Ryan Presents at the 2016 Boards and Commissions Banquet