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City Of North Branch 2018 Comprehensive Plan Draft

The City of North Branch is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan. Public comments and ideas are a vital part of the planning process. Public input was solicited through community cafes, online and in person surveys and attending public meetings. The city is now seeking public comments on the draft plan itself. The Comprehensive Plan is intended to reflect the values and needs of the community, guiding decisions related to planning, development, land uses, environmental issues, and other items. Does this document reflect the vision, goals and priorities of North Branch? If not, what changes do you recommend?

The Planning Commission will hold a special meeting on August 23 at which meeting the Planning Commission will review the entire Plan with all of the comments to date. They will review additional comments and edits at their regular meeting scheduled for September 4, 2018. Final receipt of public comments will be at the Planning Commission’s Public Hearing tentatively scheduled for September 20, 2018.


The First Draft of 2018 Comprehensive Plan for the City Of North Branch is posted on the website and facebook. If you are not able to find it please click on the following link to get there Comprehensive Plan Draft 

After going over the draft please complete proving your comments below:

Public Comments Survey

Hwy 8 Drainage Repair begins in August 2018 Wyoming, Chisago City, Taylor Falls, Forest Lake

Two drainage repair projects on Hwy 8 will take place this summer in Washington and Chisago Counties. For more detailed report please click below:

Detailed Report

Road Closure-Bridge Replacment
 
Bridge Road will be closed from Hwy. 95 to 380th Street starting September 4, 2018 for the replacement of the bridge structure.
The project is scheduled to be completed by May of 2019.  Thank you for your patience during this process. Please click below to get more details

Detailed Report
 
 
City of North Branch Minnesota Design Team Visit SWOT Analysis

The City of North Branch will be participating in the Minnesota Design Team program.  A team of design experts will spend October 4 – 7, 2018 meeting with community members and preparing possible redevelopment plans.  The team of volunteers would like to know something about North Branch before they arrive.  A written survey is one way of gauging broad community opinion. It can provide an important “snapshot” of a community at a certain time.  


This is the second survey which is a SWOT survey — short for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Knowing and acknowledging your community’s strengths, weaknesses,opportunities and threats is the first step towards crafting and, then, implementing a shared vision. 


All surveys must be completed by September 1, 2018.



Please complete the survey by clicking here City of North Branch Minnesota Design Visit SWOT Analysis 
City of North Branch Minnesota Design Team Community Survey

The City of North Branch will be participating in the Minnesota Design Team program.  A team of design experts will spend October 4 – 7, 2018 meeting with community members and preparing possible redevelopment plans.  The team of volunteers would like to know something about North Branch before they arrive.  A written survey is one way of gauging broad community opinion. It can provide an important “snapshot” of a community at a certain time. 


The first survey was based upon research done by The Heartland Center for Leadership Development on what makes a community successful. Using this survey helps a Design Team community measure how it compares to this model of successful communities and can also be used over time to measure progress toward these important community goals.


All surveys must be completed by September 1, 2018.


Please complete the survey by clicking here City of North Branch Minnesota Design Team Community Survey

Chisago County Fish Lake Park Survey

The Chisago County Parks Department is planning the future of Fish Lake County Park and would like to hear from you! We want your opinions about Fish Lake County Park and how the County might change or improve the park.

Chisago County has prepared a 30 question survey to collect information and opinions from park users and nearby property owners. Please share the survey opportunity with your friends and neighbors.
You can find a link to the survey below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCQGRCG

Please complete the survey by August 20, 2018.

Thank you -- Chisago County

The Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed Meadows North Development



The Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed Meadows North Development is available for public comment. The EAW assesses potential environmental impacts for the proposed project. The project includes 128 single family home lots, 25 villa home lots, 38 twin homes (19 twin home lots), two 4-story assisted living facilities totaling 200 units, two 3-story apartment buildings totaling 200 units, a convenience store, a proposed municipal park, and a regional stormwater pond. The project will include extending utilities to serve the development. The comment period is from August 6 to September 5, 2018.

Click here for complete document The Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

The EAW is available to view during business hours at the following locations:

  • City of North Branch City Hall: 6408 Elm Street, North Branch, MN 55056
  • City of North Branch Webpage: http://northbranchcitymn.iqm2.com/Citizens/LegalNotice.asp
  • Environmental Conservation Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MN 55401

To provide comments on the EAW, or for questions about the project, contact:

Carla Vita
Community Development Director
City of North Branch
6408 Elm Street, PO Box 910
North Branch, MN 55056
651-674-8113
carlav@ci.north-branch.mn.us


and

Shawn Williams
WSB & Associates, Inc.
701 Xenia Avenue S - Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55416
swilliams@wsbeng.com

Update on City's Audio/Visual Equipment

City's Audio/Visual Equipment is being worked on by the vendor which went down evening of Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7pm when two of the major parts failed and will be repaired as soon as possible. As a result there will be no live broadcasting on Channel 10 and Live Web Streaming on Internet for the meetings. 
 
The meeting will be recorded as a standalone and then uploaded to the website as archive. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Are You Registered To Vote????

All North Branch residents can easily verify if they are registered to vote in this year's 2018 Elections. Please click on the link below and it will provide you with the details. 


https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx
MnDOT Update - News Release!!!


June 1, 2018

Contact: Denise Workcuff
651-234-7502

Highway 95 and Highway 96 road preservation project begins June 2

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists can expect periodic lane closures and delays on Highway 96 in Washington County and on Highway 95 in Chisago County this weekend and early next week. Crews will be completing preventative maintenance work that will extend the life of the pavement surfaces. The road work will consist of seal coating the pavement and shoulders.

 

The project is scheduled to begin Saturday morning, June 2 on Highway 96 between Highway 61 in White Bear Lake and Highway 95 in Stillwater.

 

Another crew will be doing the same work on Highway 95 from North Branch to Taylors Falls, beginning Sunday morning, June 3. During the project, a pilot car and flaggers will control traffic, and motorists should plan for extra time in the areas where crews are working.

 

The project work is scheduled during off-peak daytime hours, evening hours and weekends to minimalize traffic impacts.

 

The work will last approximately one week on each highway.  Once the sealcoat work is complete, crews will return in late June to install permanent road striping. This work will be done under traffic.

 

All work is weather dependent and scheduling is approximate.

 

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work area.

 

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

North Branch Resident's Continued Participation

The last of the four community cafes was held this week, but you can still provide input even if you were unable to attend all of the cafes.  The questions that served as the basis of the conversation each night are now in the form of on-line surveys through which you can provide input.  Please encourage your friends and neighbors to do so also.  Here is the link to the city's comprehensive plan update webpage:  http://www.ci.north-branch.mn.us/departments/planning_and_zoning/compplan.php
 
Please scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the dates and topic for each of the four community cafes.  These are actually links to the on-line survey for each one.  There is also a link for a park amenity survey.  Please use these tools to add  your comments to those gathered at the cafe events.
Let your voice be heard! The City of North Branch is updating its Comprehensive Plan and we want your participation! Check out our community visioning map and give feedback on what you would like to see in North Branch’s future. 

https://wsb.mysocialpinpoint.com/northbranch#/
MnDOT Statewide Safety Improvement Project


MnDOT will embark on a statewide safety improvement project starting this summer through fall 2018.  Crews will be restriping and installing mumble strips at selected intersections in your community.  Exact dates have not yet been determined.  However, construction will take place during the off-peak hours of 9 am -3 pm daily in the following areas:

  • Hwy 96 between Hwy 61 and Hwy 95
  • Hwy 95 between North Branch and Taylors Falls
  • Hwy 95 between Scandia and Marine on St. Croix
  • Hwy 8 at Forest Lake

 

Most locations above should be completed in a few days, but motorists, residents and businesses will encounter delays throughout the work. 

 

A little background on this project.  As you may already know, more than 40% of fatal and serious crashes happen at rural intersections.  With this in mind we are installing the mumble strips to help reduce speed at select locations. A recent study done by FHWA concluded that a similar safety improvement design helped to reduce injury crashes by more than 30%. This safety improvement work will be done at 80 intersections across 20 counties, and six MnDOT districts. This work may also be a low cost solution in the future to improve intersection safety. 

 

NBPD Accepting Applications for Volunteer Police Reserve Officers

The North Branch Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Reserve Officer.  Police Reserve Officers are non-licensed and non-paid volunteers who are willing to provide volunteer hours at the North Branch Police Department on a regular basis.  This position provides for a great opportunity for those considering or currently pursuing a career in law enforcement and for those who are in other careers and wish to serve their community by volunteering.  For More information and how to apply, please click here.  

Useful Tools For City Of North Branch Residents!!
League Of Minnesota Cities publishes reports on a yearly basis. It would be very helpful for residents of North Branch to take a look at these and see where North Branch is in comparison to other cities in Minnesota.
 
1. Property Tax calculator and comparison by cities/populations and see where City of North Branch is. A Very useful tool that would be appreciated by all residents of North Branch
 
 
2. Market Value and tax capacity comparison city by city for 2017
 
 
3. Property Tax Reports For Previous Years
 
 
Chisago County Tax Search website.
 
If you are interested in searching Chisago County Taxes by parcel ID or address you can go to the Chisago County website link provided below
 
Register with CodeRED For Emergency, General Community and Severe Weather Notification

CodeRED is a free community notification system that keeps citizen's informed of emergency notifications, general community notifications, and severe weather warnings. If you want to sign up to receive free texts alerts, please click the link below:

https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BFB7CC4C6C0A

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