One-on-one interview with Jeff Buchanan

The Wayzata City Council race is in full force with four candidates running for two open seats. Current Planning Commission Chair Jeff Buchanan sits down with Dan Gustafson of Wayzata.com to discuss his campaign and policies.

All candidates have been invited to discuss their campaigns in the same manner. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for more info.

Community Conversation: Four Wayzata City Council Candidates Square Off

Residents made their way out of the cool fall air into the Wayzata Community Room for a forum featuring four candidates for city council Tuesday. Jeff Buchanan, Cathy Iverson, Barry Petit and incumbent Johanna McCarthy are vying for two city council seats. Current city council member, Steve Tyacke, is not running for reelection.

Tuesday’s event was hosted by the League of Women Voters Wayzata Plymouth Area and the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce. The forum was moderated by Deb Brinkman of the League of Women Voters.

Each candidate had a two-minute introductory statement. A series of 10 questions was asked of each candidate. A final two-minute closing statement was allotted each candidate.

As the sun set and the last rays showered the candidates seated on the east wall of the community room and the murmur of the more than 50 people in attendance faded, the forum began.

Attendees at the Wayzata City Council Forum – Image courtesy Wayzata Community TV.

During his opening statement, Buchanan stated he has been a resident of Wayzata for 18 years. Buchanan discussed how he started a business in 1986.

Jeff Buchanan – Image courtesy Wayzata Community TV.

“During my career there were two guiding lights. Do the right thing and It’s not about me, it’s about you,” said Buchanan. “I sold my firm and I’ve been looking for ways to give back to the community.”

Iverson positioned herself as a wife, mom and neighbor. Iverson shared that she had been on the Wayzata Planning Commission for seven years and that she has an interior design business. She said she wants the residents of Wayzata to have a say in the future of the city.

Cathy Iverson – Image courtesy Wayzata Community TV.

“The thing I kept hearing over and over again is ‘my voice doesn’t matter’,” said Iverson.

“I’m ready to take the next step, I’m ready to get more involved.” She told those in attendance that she continues to hear from the community that, “my voice doesn’t matter.”

McCarthy, opened by stating she has been a resident of Wayzata for 20 years. She stressed safety as a concern and said she is focused on preserving the city and balancing development.

Johann McCarthy – Image courtesy Wayzata Community TV.

“My focus is on preserving Wayzata’s small town feel and charm, balancing development with the needs of our residents and neighborhoods, maintaining our financial strength and low tax rate and protecting our neighborhoods while supporting our commercial core,” said McCarthy.

Petit painted a picture of Wayzata and asked the participants to think about how Wayzata will look in the future. He stated that Lake Street does not look anything like it did in the past.

Barry Petit – Image courtesy Wayzata Community TV.

“I bring experience to the council that can truly engage in the conversation about our visual future,” said Petit. “In essence, developers currently own Wayzata’s aesthetic future.”

Brinkman first asked the candidates what policies they stand for.

Petit said the city needs to define what the city’s design wants to be.

McCarthy stated that the city has strong policies, but the enforcement of those policies needs to be better enforced. “There’s more work to be done,” said McCarthy.

Buchanan said that the city is currently well run but that it needs to modernize its design standards.

Meanwhile, Iverson said the city needs to review the ordinances and needs a long-term vision.

She said she has concerns about the density of the city.

When asked about the challenges Wayzata faces, affordability was a topic of discussion.

Iverson said there isn’t enough affordable housing while Buchanan said that 42 percent of the housing stock is considered affordable by state standards.

Petit said that Wayzata is an attractive community and with that comes a “powerful force for development.” McCarthy also discussed the pressures of development.

The candidates appeared to agree that TIF (tax increment financing) was a good option for funding proposed development.

Iverson said that transparency of the city council is an issue.

Later in the forum, Brinkman asked the candidates how they will be in touch with residents’ needs.

McCarthy said she prides her ability to respond to citizens’ needs and concerns.

Petit said while considering disputes, residents need someone in city council who will make tough decisions.

Buchanan said it is important to be out in the community and that it is paramount to respond to residents.

Iverson said she is concerned people in Wayzata are not attending public meetings anymore. “Let’s get this room full again,” said Iverson.

During closing remarks, Petit pointed to his design work on the Village Shops strip mall and that he challenged the redesign of the Depot Park proposed by the Lake Effect architects.  

“My critique opened the council’s eyes to the severity of the design and they are now committed to preserving and expanding the green lawn.”

McCarthy pledged to continue to be available and to listen to Wayzata residents.

“Together, our local businesses and our diverse neighborhoods make Wayzata the special community that it is,” said McCarthy. “Wayzata is not a community of buildings, it is a community of people.”

Iverson closed by saying the city council needs diversity and transparency.

“I’ll work very hard to make sure that the responsiveness from the city council to the community is there,” said Iverson. “I don’t want hear people say anymore ‘my voice doesn’t matter.’ It does matter. Let’s fill this room again.”

Buchanan pointed to his work on the Wayzata 2040 Vision Statement  and Comprehensive Plan and said the plan offers a way forward for the community.

“We must keep Wayzata charming, keep Wayzata healthy, make Wayzata sustainable,” said Buchanan. “If elected, my promise to you is this: I will listen to your concerns and I will represent all of Wayzata.”

And that’s how the forum closed. The candidates shook hands and later mingled with the audience. The forum offered the residents who attended the event and those watching online and on television a chance to find out more about the candidates.

Voters will decide which two of the four candidates will represent Wayzata on Nov. 6. The winning candidates will serve two-year terms.

Four candidates file for 2018 Wayzata City Council Race

Four candidates have filed to run for two seats in the Wayzata City Council race. Candidates include (in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Jeff Buchanan – Planning Commission Chair
  • Cathy Iverson – Planning Commissioner
  • Johanna McCarthy – Incumbent
  • Barry Petit – Former Mayor

Johanna McCarthy and Steve Tyacke are presently serving as City Council Members. Tyacke did not refile as a candidate to retain his seat.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for interviews with the candidates and a comprehensive voter guide.

Wayzata skating rinks to open this weekend

From the City of Wayzata’s website:

“Update: 12-21-17: The Parks Department is making final preparations to open the skating rinks at Klapprich Park and Margaret Circle. Staff will be flooding the Klapprich Park rink on Friday night and the rink will be open for use on Saturday morning, December 23.  Staff is still unable to get out on the ice with its normal grooming equipment but is hopeful to do so early next week.  We appreciate the patience of our eager skaters.  Happy Holidays and enjoy skating!!”

“The Warming House is located at 340 Park Street E and hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday 3 – 10 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

When school is not in session the Warming House is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.”

After years of bitter debate, Council compromises with Hoyt approving 40 foot condo project on a 3-2 vote

CITY: Telecom Facility Application

Public Hearing Notice
1000 Superior Blvd

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wayzata Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a development application from the applicant, Verizon Wireless, and the property owner, Radiation Protection Products, Inc., to construct a telecommunications facility at 1000 Superior Blvd. The applicant Is proposing to add cellular antennas and associated equipment on the building. The development application requests approval of a conditional use permit.

The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Monday. November 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter in the Wayzata Community Room, 600 Rice Street East, Wayzata, Minnesota.

All pertinent information Is on file and available for public viewing at Wayzata City Hall during regular business hours. All interested persons are Invited to attend the public hearing and be heard on the matter, or to submit written materials prior to the meeting.

Jeffrey R. Thomson
Director of Planning and Building

CITY: Walgreens PUD Amendment

City of Wayzata
Public Hearing Notice
Walgreens PUD Amendment

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wayzata Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a development application from the applicant, Walgreens Co. , to increase their hours of operation at their store located at 1055 Wayzata Boulevard East. The applicant is proposing to be open for business until 12 midnight from November 24 through and including December 25. Additionally, the applicant is requesting to permanently allow deliveries as early as 5 a.m. on one day a week. The development application requests approval of a Planned Unit Development Amendment to allow for the additional hours of operation.

The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter in the Wayzata Community Room, 600 Rice Street East, Wayzata, Minnesota. All pertinent information is on fi le and available for public viewing at Wayzata City Hall during regular business hours. All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and be heard on the matter, or to submit written materials prior to the meeting. The Planning Commission meeting agenda and packet will be available on the City’s website the Friday before the meeting at
Wayzata.org/AgendaCenter.

Jeffrey R. Thomson
Director of Planning and Building

CITY: Harrington Gates Subdivision

City of Wayzata
Public Hearing Notice
Harrington Gates Subdivision – 309 and 341 Ramsey Road West

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wayzata Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a development application from the applicants, Kurt and Amanda Adams, to adjust the property line between the properties of 309 Ramsey Road West and 341 Ramsey Road West. In addition to the property line adjustment, the applicants are proposing to demolish the existing garage and construct a new garage with the setback requirement at 341 Ramsey Road West. The development application requests approvals of a Variance to the setback, a Preliminary Plat and a Final Plat for the property line adjustment.

The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter in the Wayzata Community Room, 600 Rice Street East, Wayzata, Minnesota. All pertinent information is on file and available for public viewing at Wayzata City Hall during regular business hours. All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and be heard on the matter, or to submit written materials prior to the meeting. The Planning Commission meeting agenda and packet will be available on the City’s website the Friday before the meeting at Wayzata .org/AgendaCenter.

Jeffrey R. Thomson
Director of Planning and Building

CITY: 253 Condominiums

City of Wayzata
Public Hearing Notice
253 Condominiums

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wayzata Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a development application from the applicant, Continental Property Group, to redevelop the property at 253 Lake Street East.

The applicant is proposing to construct a four story building with 14 residential units and 8,400 square feet of retail. The development application requests approvals of a Planned Unit Development Concept Plan, a Rezoning, a Variance to the height standard , and Major Conditional Use Permit due to the proposed height in the Shoreland District.

The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter in the Wayzata Community Room, 600 Rice Street East, Wayzata, Minnesota.

All pertinent information is on file and available for public viewing at Wayzata City Hall during regular business hours. All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and be heard on the matter, or to submit written materials prior to the meeting. The Planning Commission meeting agenda and packet will be available on the City’s website the Friday before the meeting at Wayzata.org/AgendaCenter.

Jeffrey R. Thomson
Director of Planning and Building

CITY: Traffic Regulation Ordinance Amendment – Vehicles on Sidewalks

CITY OF WAYZATA

HENNEPIN COUNTY, MINNESOTA

DRAFT – ORDINANCE NO. 774

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 301 OF THE WAYZATA CITY CODE
(TRAFFIC REGULATIONS)

THE CITY OF WAYZATA ORDAINS:

Section I. Amendment. Section 09 of Chapter 301 of the Wayzata City Code (Traffic Regulations) is hereby amended and restated to read as follows (struck text deleted; underlined text added):

301.09. Vehicles on Sidewalks.

a. No person shall drive, or ride or park any automobile, motorcycle, motor scooter, motorized bicycle or other motor vehicle upon any sidewalk within the City, except for crossing a sidewalk at an alley, driveway or other authorized location.

B. No person shall stop. stand or park any automobile. motorcycle. motor scooter. motorized bicycle or other motor vehicle upon any sidewalk within the City.

Section 2. Findings. The amendments made hereby are based upon the recommendations set forth in the Hennepin County Court.

Section 3. Effective Date. This Ordinance will become effective upon passage and Publication.

Adopted by the City Council this 3rd day of October, 2017.