West St. Paul City Council Preview: March 13, 2023

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West St. Paul City Council will make appointments to city committees, hold a public hearing on intoxicating THC licensing, and officially recognize Juneteenth as a holiday.

Committee Appointments

City Council will be filling five vacancies to various city committees and commissions. An interview process is on the agenda, but the number of applicants matches the available positions. The city did receive more applicants, but they withdrew. (Planning Commission applicants are nominated by the mayor and not interviewed by Council.)

  • Environmental Committee: Robyn Anderson
  • Parks and Recreation: John Cronin
  • Parks and Recreation: Nadine Wenzel
  • Planning Commission: Kyle Hoff
  • Planning Commission: Caleb Paulson

Both Planning Commission appointments are from Ward 1, putting Planning Commission membership at four from Ward 1, one from Ward 2, and four from Ward 3. Ward balance is encouraged but not required after a veto battle in 2021. The city received 12 applications expressing interest in Planning Commission, with two from Ward 2.

Other Items on the Agenda

  • THC: The final intoxicating THC ordinance and licensing will be approved, with a public hearing for the licensing rules.
  • Smith-Dodd overlay: During OCWS, City Council will discuss the Smith-Dodd overlay and potential implications it will have on a proposed business redevelopment. Mayor Dave Napier requested this discussion in light of staff’s recommended denial of the redevelopment application because it doesn’t align with the Smith-Dodd zoning overlay.
  • Stormwater tweaks: A series of changes to move stormwater regulations from zoning to ordinances, cleaning up some language, and tightening restrictions will come up for a public hearing.
  • Zoning changes: Final approval to change zoning on various parcels to better match planning documents, zoning, and the current reality.
  • Juneteenth: With the state of Minnesota officially recognizing Juneteenth, West St. Paul is recognizing June 19 as an official holiday.

The public can watch the meeting live on Town Square TV or cable TV starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday (5:30 p.m. for the OCWS meeting).

Learn more about how city council works with our Guide to West St. Paul City Council.

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