Facilities Study Task Force

The City is conducting a study of its facilities to better understand and plan for long-term building needs. The goal is to determine how the facilities can best serve the community while maximizing opportunities for a future downtown Golden Valley. The study process includes identifying the City’s space needs for its various operations, facilitation of a community task force, and a phasing plan for improvements.

The Facilities Study Task Force will work with the City’s architectural consultant and a staff steering committee to provide insight and feedback for the facilities study discussion.

Community Forum: The Future Of City Facilities

Thur, March 4 • noon–1:30 pm & 6:30–8 pm
Attend either session via Webex. The evening meeting will also be broadcast on Cable Channel 16 and livestreamed online.

  • Noon–1:30 pm Join via Cisco Webex here or call +1-415-655-0001 and enter meeting code 177-913-3246.
  • 6:30–8 pm Join via Cisco Webex here or call +1-415-655-0001 and enter meeting code 177-722-6633.
  • Call-in with public comments at 763-593-8060. Virtual meeting instructions posted below.

Join us for a discussion of the City’s long-term building needs and how its facilities can best serve the community while maximizing future opportunities for downtown Golden Valley. City sta will present operational and space challenges to be addressed in coming years for Fire, Police, Public Works, and City Hall. An audience Q&A session will follow.

Current Task Force Members

  • Gillian Rosenquist, Council Member, Chair
  • Andy Johnson,
    Planning Commission
  • Sara Barrow
  • Karen Boehne
  • Gary Cohen
  • Marc Meirovitz
  • Becky Sanders
  • Cameron Selmer
  • Kathryn Simpson
  • Brian Smith
  • Tierre Webter

Meeting Day & Time

  • When: 3:30–5:30 pm, third Tuesday of each month
  • Where: Via Cisco WebEx

Virtual Meetings During COVID-19 Outbreak

While in a local emergency under Minnesota Statute, section 12.37, the Golden Valley Facilities Study Task Force will conduct its meetings virtually via Cisco Webex. Meeting instructions will be available here when the agenda is posted.

  • For technical assistance, contact the City at 763-593-8007 or webexsupport@goldenvalleymn.gov.
  • If you incur costs calling in to the meeting, you may submit the costs to the City for reimbursement consideration.
  • Our top priority is maintaining the health and safety of our residents, staff, and the Golden Valley community. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the COVID-19 page on the City website will have updated information about the status of closures, cancellations, and changes.

Minutes & Agendas

Agendas and minutes are posted here as soon as they become available. Minutes remain subject to approval at the next PC meeting.

2020–2021 Meetings

+ Membership

The Task Force is comprised of 10 stakeholders, including:.

  • property owners and renters from different geographic locations within the city with diverse backgrounds and ages and varied tenure in the community
  • business community members representing a large employer, a small business, and an institution or non-profit
  • one City Council and one Planning Commission representative to chair the Task Force and provide a land use perspective.
  • at-large members who do not meet the above criteria or fit into one of the categories but who provide a unique and valuable perspective to the discussion

+ Guiding Principles

  • Establish a framework for long-term development with defined thresholds for periodic investment.
  • Demonstrate to the public the value of each of the key City services.
  • Integrate Golden Valley’s vision, values, and mission into project planning principles.
  • Increase equity in service delivery and in Golden Valley civic workplaces.
  • Use a transparent, well-documented process with open communication, community, and stakeholder dialogue.
  • Demonstrate planning that fulfills City goals for sustainability, resilience, and water and energy efficiency.

+ Goals & Objectives

  • Develop a long-term plan for developing new facilities, relocating public works, and to potentially open a portion of the current site to private investment.
  • Balance implementation with debt management.
  • Build on the guidance of the Downtown Study for development of the NE Quadrant.
  • Keep City Hall downtown to support civic, social, and business activity.
  • Address critical space deficiencies and accommodate projected evolutions of operations and service delivery.
  • Explore co-locations for efficiency, value, and impact.
  • Facilitate Fire Department transition from three-station paid on-call model to a two-station duty crew model for 24/7 service to address facility, operational, and safety deficiencies.
  • Provide support and training spaces to enhance Police Department processing, operations, preparedness, and community outreach.
  • Consolidate Public Works into a single location off site from the Civic Campus to improve efficiency, accommodate contemporary vehicles and equipment, and facilitate service delivery.
  • Establish clear thresholds for phased investment and implementation, prioritized for near-term critical issues and aligned with the long-term vision.
  • Integrate community and stakeholder outreach to inform project goals and priorities.

+ Long-Term Reinvestment Plan

By establishing a detailed strategy for future improvements, the City will be able to plan for reinvesting in its facilities, work with stakeholders, and take advantage of opportunities that emerge.

Investment in City facilities is a significant decision that has financial implications in terms of capital outlay and operational expenses. Additionally, such buildings have significant influence on the social and civic fabric of a community, necessitating careful thought and thorough stakeholder and community engagement. Changes, challenges, and conflicts have emerged over the years that affect the building's intended use and the efficiency of services provided.

Public Safety Operational Changes

Golden Valley's Public Safety buildings all have limited space for training, storage, and operations and lack the appropriate facilities to accommodate different genders equitably. The Public Safety building on the City campus houses both the Police and Fire Departments. Fire Station 2 (Laurel Ave and Turners Crossroad) and Fire Station 3 (Golden Valley Rd and Bonnie Lane) are remote locations to serve other parts of Golden Valley.

Golden Valley's fire stations were established to support a paid on-call staffing structure, which is becoming unsustainable in today's society. To provide the community with adequate response times, a recent study concluded that Golden Valley Fire Department operations should transition from paid on-call staffing to a duty crew structure, which allows scheduled staffing and 24-hour support of a two-station model. Full-time staffing could be considered in the future. The department currently operates duty crews when call volumes are higher.

Public Works Operational Conflicts

The Public Works facilities are housed in three different buildings on campus and lack equitable facilities for different genders. Building sizes and configurations create inefficiencies and do not accommodate modern vehicles and equipment well. The movement of large equipment often conflicts with other activities and services on campus and in the downtown area. An unheated storage facility and storage yard are located off site.

City Hall Service Challenges

Instead of being a prominent community destination, City Hall is set back from Winnetka Ave and Golden Valley Road, largely out of view. Although recent interior improvements have been made, the building is dated, with a main corridor that separates operations and does not accommodate the public well. Besides general municipal business functions, the City's busy DMV service center also operates out of City Hall.

+ Future Downtown Development Opportunities

The City campus area sits at the northeast quadrant of Winnetka Ave and Golden Valley Rd, which is a desirable location that could be better configured to incorporate private investment and support businesses and activities in the downtown area. The City wishes to create a long-term plan for a phased approach to develop new facilities on a portion of its current campus, relocate Public Works operations, and make portions of the site available for private investment. An important principle guiding location decisions is keeping City Hall in the downtown area to attract and support civic, social, and business activity.

The City is in the middle of the third and final phase of a Downtown Study, which includes several concepts for how this might be accomplished. Collaboration with the Hennepin County Library to construct a shared facility is a potential opportunity. Other opportunities may also exist with the County or the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

+ Community Engagement