Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood
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January 21st, 2013
MK Plan, Minutes, January 21

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Steering Committee Minutes

Attendees:  Mary Owens, Polly Spiegel, Scott Lacey, Kathleen Blackham, Jim Garrettson, Jerrey Finnegan, Alicia Byers

A timeline for this project was embarked upon:

Kathleen will continue to prepare the text of the Neighborhood Plan based upon the minutes of the Neighbor Discussions.  She will complete the texts of the recent Monon meeting, as well as the two upcoming 38th St meetings and will present them to this committee at its next meeting scheduled for February 19 at 8:30 AM. These portions of the Neighborhood Plan will be placed on the MKNA website for public scrutiny and comment.

Over the next 7 months, Kathleen will organize a DMD effort to take the necessary measurements (rights of way, sidewalks, etc) for nodes within the studied areas which may then be used by a paid architect intern to compose 3 dimensional drawings of these nodes in alignment with Form Based Code and as a translation of the Neighborhood Plan and Neighbor Discussions. Our architect volunteers sitting on the Steering Committee will review these drawings, all of which will be made public on the MKNA website for general neighborhood review. Mary indicated that MKNA has budgeted the $4000 cost of a Ball State architectural student for 1 semester during which time they will provide these drawings–we anticipate we would be ready to start employment for the Fall semester of 2013.  Mary will work with MKNA to select this student–this selection process should be completed by the summer of 2013.

Kathleen, with DMD, will then translate the above material into the official Regulating Plan at which point we will be ready for the final process of approval by: 1) the neighbors, 2) the MKNA Board of Directors, 3) City/County Council

We will plan to continually update the MKNA website with the above portions of the Plan as they are completed. We will consider posting “before” photos with “after” drawings as the plan progresses, at the College Library, and perhaps other sites within MKNA, as it is anticipated this will make the process a bit more “real” for neighbors and may engender better input from them. We will plan on 3 final individual neighbor meetings, perhaps MKNA zones divided into three portions, to introduce the drawings and DMD input as they are received.  We will have 1 or 2 All Neighborhood Meetings for final input into the completed plan prior to taking it to the MKNA Board for approval, and then finally to the City County Council.

We will continue our parallel efforts to compile comments from neighbors regarding potential “uses” for commercial sites.  We will also continue our parallel efforts at an Infrastructure Plan to compliment the Form Based Code Plan.

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