Task forces are groups of motivated volunteers that form to address a specific issue or project in the Whittier neighborhood, and disband when the issue is resolved. Task forces may convene for months or years depending on the neighborhood issue or scope of project. A Whittier Alliance Task Force is considered a subcommittee of the Board of Directors, and may refer motions to the Board for final action or approval. Contact Paul Shanafelt at the Whittier Alliance office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-871-7756) if you are interested in finding out more about any of our task forces or joining the email list for meetings. Meeting time and locations are also regularly added to our website calendar.
Current Task Forces
Environmental Sustainability Task Force
One of the goals in the Whittier Alliance Strategic Plan is for the neighborhood to become a model of environmental sustainability. The initial ESTF focus in 2016 was educating community stakeholders about energy conservation/local generation, including energy assessments and community solar gardens. Members of the Task Force have now branched into creating Whittier Wheels, applying for grants for stormwater projects and promoting green space in the neighborhood. If you are interested in working with some like-minded people to make a positive environmental impact at a local level, this is the Task Force for you!
The ESTF has begun the Whittier Wheels program, an initiative to encourage bike use and link our bicycling neighbors with our neighborhood businesses. Read more about the program in our Whittier Wheels Program Description.
Crime & Safety Task Force
The Crime & Safety Task Force held its first meeting on December 2015, with representatives from the MPD 5th Precinct and a number of block leaders in attendance. The task force is looking at ways to increase community safety and livability in Whittier. It is also collaborating with the MPD on our new community bike patrol, funded by the Whittier Alliance, which began May 2016. The Crime & Safety Task Force is currently meeting once a month.
Past Task Forces
Livable Streets Task Force
The Livable Streets Task Force formed in September 2015 and wrapped up mid-2016. The task force focused on creating safe and friendly streets for pedestrians, cyclists, passengers, and drivers in the Whittier neighborhood. It collaborated with Public Works on targeting a number of problem intersections in the neighborhood. The task force also surveyed parents and schools about road safety in the intersections surrounding our neighborhood schools. The Whittier Alliance is continuing to work with Public Works on improving traffic safety in Whittier. Please contact our office with any concerns or comments.
Nicollet-Franklin Pedestrian Overlay Task Force
The Pedestrian Oriented Overlay document was adopted by the Minneapolis City Council in August of 2007. The overlay sets zoning policy for land uses that are considered “pedestrian-friendly” in areas designated as “overlay” districts within the City. In Whittier, the area around Nicollet and Franklin falls under these policies, and is designated as part of the “Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District” (the PO). The City Code of Ordinances outlines regulations for the “PO” and includes specific additional ordinances for the Nicollet-Franklin area.
Nicollet Ave Light Rail Transit Task Force
The Nicollet Ave Light Rail Transit Task Force met in the winter and spring of 2008 to discuss proposed city light rail lines and the impact on the Whittier neighborhood. The Task Force created two documents, both of which were adopted by the Whittier Alliance Board in May 2008.
Design Guidelines Task Force
To further promote and enhance the pedestrian experience and our pedestrian oriented overlay, the Design Guidelines Task Force and the Whittier Alliance contracted Lunning Wende & Assoc. to assist in developing the Whittier Design Guidelines.