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Protecting Health, Safety, and Welfare
Preserving our Environment
Understanding Grass Roots Government
Encouraging Citizen Participation and Collaboration
Enhancing and Protecting Neighborhoods
Calming Residential Traffic
Supporting Local Business
Programming for Seniors
Ensuring Stable Affordable Housing
Demanding Fiscal Responsibility
We are in a time of shrinking resources--clean air, clean water, green space, and money. We are at least 98% developed, and our city’s major districts, neighborhoods, and parks are defined. At the same time, our housing stock is predominantly older, our infrastructure is beginning to fail, and we are a “first ring suburb” with all the positive and negative connotations that term and location carries. We need to be planning and preparing for our future in a responsible manner that includes financial stability and financial diversity of our demographic.
We are much luckier than many suburbs in that we already have representative examples of every type of development: retail, industrial, institutional, residential, and commercial. But the world is changing rapidly. As “brick and mortar” stores are challenged, big box one-stop stores take over the retail arena, local business struggle and often fail, and as the world by “internet” continues to expand, we need to be prepared.
We need to review our tax base and what changes will benefit residents in the future. We need to have “head of household jobs,” but how will we gain the businesses that will bring them? We need to partner and plan with our business community to create a sustainable future for Roseville. The RHRA has engaged neighborhood residents in the first Roseville charrette process, an intensive design and planning activity that has resulted in some new and resident requested housing stock.
We need to review and possibly change the way Roseville has always done business. We need to be active recruiters of ideas and concepts. We need to encourage the many, many members of our community to come forward and offer ideas regarding improvements or changes we could make to our community—including but not limited to, budget, engagement, taxes, zoning, etc. We need to look at other communities in Minnesota and beyond, searching for innovative and successful ideas to bring to our city for discussion and review. We need to look for new senior programs and senior housing options, especially those that will guarantee long-term affordability and stability.
There are important questions for us to consider as a city. What will be the nature of our demographic moving forward? What additional services will be needed? Will what we have had in the past be what we need in the future? How to do we pay our bills going forward? How do we influence redevelopment? How do we work with existing citizens to plan ahead?
The answers to these questions are the key to keeping Roseville a great place to live and one where many people can afford to live. Our Roseville is a strong and stable community--a place where people moved to raise their children and a place to which those children continue to return to raise their own children. This is what we have, this is what our residents want, and this is what I will work toward for our next generations.
Planning for Sustainable Amenities