University of Minnesota, Morris

Campus Resources and Planning Committee


February 19, 2004





Members Present:       Mark Fohl, Lowell Rasmussen, Arne Kildegaard, Carol McCannon,

                                    Kevin Ely, Andy Lopez, Bryan Herrmann, Tammy Faux, LeAnn Dean,

                                    Ken Hodgson, Ferolyn Angell


Guests:                        Ed Larson, Sam Schuman, Sandy Olson-Loy, Chuck Grussing, Jim Mootz



(In these minutes:  Discussion of managing parking on streets in Morris, Updating the Campus Master Plan)


Minutes of February 5, 2004 were approved as presented.


Managing parking on streets in Morris


Lowell Rasmussen said the city has been talking about the public parking on the streets around campus.  Both the city and campus have a responsibility to be good neighbors to each other, particularly the residents around campus.  He suggested talking about parking off campus during orientation.  Ed Larson said periodically he gets comments from residents about their inability to park by their homes.  He noted that an ambulance was recently called to Circle Pines and it couldnąt get in because of all the cars parked there.  The City Council directed staff to see how other colleges handle parking and they have obtained a copy of the ordinance from Duluth and Rochester.   This issue will likely come up at the April meeting.  Currently, they have two examples and both require a permit that identifies the owner.  Signage and enforcement are two issues that need to be addressed.  If there is a way to work with the campus on this, the City is open to suggestions.  Schuman said he agrees this is an issue and we need to find a solution.  He does not believe that students own most of the cars parking on the street.  There are many faculty and staff who choose to park there to avoid purchasing a parking permit.  He thinks the solution is not harsh street parking regulations, but for UMM to come up with a more distant, designated commuter lot.  Larson pointed out that the residents will need to petition to get something in place.  Carol McCannon asked if we are talking about entire blocks or parts of blocks.  Larson said entire blocks.  Chuck Grussing said he took an unscientific survey over the course of several days in the areas of Circle Pines, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th street to gauge how many vehicles are parking in those areas.  The fewest number of cars parking in those areas were 77, the highest 116.  He does not think UMM should have a commuter lot.  If the City decides on no parking, then perhaps 7th street could be kept open.  Sandy Olson-Loy said the Student Activities staff also took an unscientific survey and most students said they park there because they thought it was closer.  Larson said whatever the City decides to do, enforcement will be a real headache.  Grussing suggested a ban on parking on College Avenue or on one side of Circle Pines.  Tammy Faux suggested educating faculty and staff that we have a responsibility to our neighbors. She added that it might not occur to the current parkers that there are issues.  Carol McCannon asked about the elementary school parking lot.  Larson said at this point they donąt know what they plan to do with that entire area.   Schuman hopes the Council will have some patience about this issue.  Rasmussen suggested creating a small group to work on this.  Ferolyn Angell, Kevin Ely or his designee, Bryan Herrmann, and Chuck Grussing will work on this.


Campus Master Plan


Rasmussen distributed information about the master plan as outlined below.


UM-Morris Campus Master Plan Update

Work Tasks:  Year One of One-Year Project






Phase 1:  Campus Master Plan (Feb. 2004)



Step 1:  Written assessment of current campus master plan and identification of physical planning issues related to new infrastructure initiatives and energy efficiency goals, National Register status of campus mall, Getty grant funded historic landscape preservation project, and campus academic plan.



Step 2:  A set of maps using GIS data at different scales to show current campus characteristics, area scale environmental context and relationship to City of Morris and economic region; and a series of sustainable design guidelines related to building siting/massing, access and circulation, vegetation, lighting, and materials.



Step 3:  Campus community workshop (half-day) to present campus assessment, map information and design issues and confirm community values associated with Morris campus.



Step 4:  Campus master plan update report with sustainability guidelines for campus at campus scale and recommendations for Phase 2 regional scale design and development plan, in print and CD formats.



Total Phase 1






Phase 2:  Regional Framework (March-July 2004)



Step 4:  A set of alternative conceptual design drawings of the opportunities at the regional scale for campus recreational system development, partnered utility infrastructure improvements and collaborative capital projects with public and private partners.



Step 5:  Community workshops (two half-day) to present alternative development scenarios and achieve community consensus on priority environmental and economic development projects.



Step 6:  Regional framework plan to position UM-Morris as a lead partner in infrastructure investment and sustainable design of the campus region and to promote the campus as a model of efficiency and stewardship within the state system.



Total Phase 2











Mark Fohl thought that planning was a good idea, but $22,000 seems high to him.   Rasmussen said the Plant Services budget will cover the Phase 1 $10,000 package.  Ferolyn Angell made a motion to support the $10,000 expenditure, another member seconded.  Motion was approved by a voice vote.