In the midst of the final stages of Pillsbury Commons, city officials began to question its policies on housing.
And with more redevelopment projects, many with housing components, on the books, uncertainty is still lingering.
. He said he felt the city was "guessing" when it came to considering housing options.
"Where was everybody when the comp plan was put together?" Rublein asked rhetorically. "People are not paying attention to this stuff. So now we come to this [Pillsbury Commons] proposal, and Ron Clark has put a lot of work into this, I commend him for that. ... But we really haven't discussed what our housing policy is."
A week after Rublein's comments, , which prompted a wave a denials from other city commissions in the following weeks. While the housing component wasn't the only factor, .
During the Pillsbury Commons process and since discussed it, however, without a defined housing policy the next steps are unclear.
In addition, the city has known for some time that it is required to increase affordable housing options within the next decade per the Metropolitan Council. There is also a need for market-rate options as well.
The Monday meeting will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the Bartholomew Conference Room at . The HRA will follow the special work session with its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The agenda for the evening has been attached as a PDF to this article.