What is the process for moving from draft to finalized plan and homeowner’s participate in these conversations/decisions?

City staff and the project consultants reviewed the comments and questions received during the open house on October 24, 2019 and the online comment period. Those comments and questions have been considered and incorporated when feasible as the team worked on adjustments and modifications to the draft plans. The final plan will be presented to the Natural Resources Conservation Board and the Blaine City Council for discussion and their consideration for approval. All city board, commission, and council meetings are open to the public.

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1. Does the City of Blaine have documentation that specifically states this land was in fact a wetland at one point in time?
2. What is the long term plan if this restoration attempt fails?
3. Why allow all the development along 109th and Lexington if the goal is to restore/preserve wetlands?
4. Are there plans for housing or commercial development?
5. What is the process for moving from draft to finalized plan and homeowner’s participate in these conversations/decisions?
6. Will all the birds living in trees being cut down, want to live in the trees on my property?
7. What are the plans for the trees after they are cut down?
8. Why is the tree removal so important?
9. How many trees do you anticipate needing to remove and when will residents know how many trees and which trees will be removed?
10. Is the city planning on removing stumps from every tree that is cut down?
11. What is the process or technique for the buckthorn removal?
12. How effective is this buckthorn removal method?
13. What is the plan to continue to remove the buckthorn as it regrows?
14. Is there a larger map of the invasive species?
15. Is there an opportunity to more fully address the buckthorn problem with this project by expanding project to include private property at the request of homeowners?
16. How will the regrowth of invasive species be managed?
17. What affect does all the chemical treatment of yards in the developments have on the wetlands?
18. Dependency on herbicides is concerning, especially since many homes bordering this area have wells. Can buckthorn and reed canary grass be controlled by other means?
19. Will there be an effort made to maintain a buffer of trees adjacent to homeowner’s properties?
20. Who is responsible for the potential loss in property value as a result of the proposed plan?
21. If resident owned land is disturbed, what is the plan for the city to reconstruct our existing landscape?
22. Will the small strip of land that is a part of the southern portion but detached from the rest of the portion be included in the restoration?
23. How close is the proposed trail or path to the back of private property?
24. What has been feedback from communities surrounding the northern portion of the wetland sanctuary that have already been affected by the tree removal?
25. Won’t the removal of trees and leaving the grasses increase the fire danger in this southern area?
26. Does the city have liability insurance to protect home owners when they do controlled burns?
27. How often will controlled burns occur?
28. How is the grant funding being applied (e.g. square foot of reconstruction, per acre,…)?