Voting Record

My Voting Record

I believe I have demonstrated a pattern of careful consideration and independent thinking during my first term on the City Council. The following summary of my voting record reflects this pattern. 
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7200 / 7250 France

Voted:  Against

Passed/Failed: Failed

There have been numerous iterations of plans for 7200 / 7250 France over the past four years.  I voted against the most recent proposal because larger changes to the Comprehensive Plan were bundled into the proposal for this site.

Hotel at 66th and York

Voted:  For

Passed/Failed: Passed

I spoke in favor of putting the hotel at France and 66th instead, but I voted for this proposal because it did not fall outside of our requirements in any material way.

Estelle Project at 69th/70th and France

Voted:  Against

Passed/Failed: Failed

Even though this otherwise gorgeous project would create benefit for Edina, it was just too tall for this specific location near a single-family residence neighborhood.

Guitar Center Site

Voted: For

Passed/Failed: Passed

Even though the new building will be almost as tall as the Westin, this building is further from the single family residence neighborhoods and fits the site well.

School Bus Garage Site

Voted:  For

Passed/Failed: Passed

I voted for the proposal after getting a number of changes made to the development plan to keep the building from feeling fortress-like.

Einstein Bagels and Caribou Coffee at Interlachen and Vernon

Voted:  Against

Passed/Failed: Passed

I voted against this project because of concern about the potential for traffic back-ups onto Interlachen.

Former Public Works Site at 5146 Eden Avenue

Voted: 2 votes – voted for both.

Passed/Failed: Both passed.

I initially voted for establishing a partnering relationship with a developer to learn about what options might be possible at the former public site. The Council more recently voted for terminating that relationship after it was determined that none of the options put forward satisfied our desires for the site.

Minnehaha Creek Improvements Through Arden Park

Voted: For

Passed/Failed: Passed

I listened to many passionate voices on both sides of this issue. In the end I decided to trust the Watershed District experts regarding what is best for the health of the creek. Additionally, the City will make long-overdue improvements to the facilities at Arden Park.

Shake Shack at France and West 66th St.

Voted: Against

Passed/Failed: Passed

I voted against this project because I believe it is the wrong use of such an important intersection and it will generate too many trips in a congested area (far more than some taller structures).

Nolan Mains

Voted:  For

Passed/Failed: Passed

This very creative project solves a number of problems, including what to do about a decaying parking ramp and what to do with vacant, city-owned sites at Hooten Cleaners and the former Edina Realty buildings. It is expected to invigorate a street that has been a dead canyon between two parking ramps.

Bank of America – Merrill Lynch at 69th and France

Voted: Against before revision. For after revision.

Passed/Failed: Failed before revision. Passed after revision.

The initial design of the building and site was not approved by the Council.  I led the City Council’s efforts to convince Bank of America to improve the design of the building. The upgraded design was approved.

Loden Development – Lincoln Drive

Voted: Against

Passed/Failed: Passed

I was unhappy with this proposal and unhappy with the developer’s deal to buy out of our new affordable housing policy.

Snow-Making at Braemar Park

Voted: Against

Passed/Failed: Failed

Although many people were excited about this proposal, I did not see a compelling need to make this type of capital investment to provide services that had not been part of the City’s plan up to that point in time.

Water System Upgrades

Voted: For

Passed/Failed: Passed

I voted for this project because there is nothing more important than the City delivering reliable, safe water to meet the needs of the community.

Restoration Hardware at 69th and France

Voted: Against

Passed/Failed: Passed

I voted against this proposal because the footprint of the proposed building will make the Southdale ring road more indelible. Since the retail world is changing, we should look ahead and consider breaking up the mega-blocks in the Southdale area to provide some slow-traffic connector routes.  The Restoration Hardware project will prevent that for many years.