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Commissions & Committees

Planning Commission

On Planning related matters, the City Council is assisted in its decision-making process by a nine-member advisory commission that works on a volunteer basis. This advisory body makes recommendations regarding the Comprehensive Plan and amendments to the plan, site plans, subdivisions, conditional use permits, planning, zoning and sign regulations, open space preservation developments, and other planning related items. The Planning Commission consists of nine residents, seven regular members and two alternates,  appointed by the City Council for three-year staggered terms.

The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday at City Hall, 3800 Laverne Avenue North. Agendas typically are available on the Friday immediately preceding the meeting and are available in the ”Agendas and Minutes” section of this website. Meetings are open to the public and broadcast live on Channel 16. Replays can be viewed on  the Thursday and Tuesday (10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.) and Saturday (noon and 8:00 p.m.)  immediately following the meeting.  Meeting times and dates are subject to change due to Holidays and scheduling conflicts.  Please refer to the events calendar on this site for possible schedule changes.

Planning Commission Membersdog4 Commissions & Committees
Dean Dodson (Vice Chair), 2915 Jonquil Trail N., (651) 492-9040
Dale Dorschner, 3150 Lake Elmo Ave., (651) 235-6809
Kathy Haggard, 12154 Marquess Ln., (651) 351-5398
Tom Kreimer, 772 Jewel Ave. N., (651) 501-9794
Rolf Larson, 11720 Little Blustem Ct. N., (651) 303-1358
Jill Lundgren (1st Alt.), 8282 Hidden Bay Ct., (651) 261-4493
Todd Williams (Chair), 3025 Lake Elmo Ave., (651) 777-0446

Park Commission

The Park Commission advises the City Council on issues regarding the development, improvement and maintenance of the City’s parks and trails.  The Commission consists of nine residents, seven regular members and two alternates,  appointed by the City Council for three-year staggered terms.

The Park Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday at City Hall, 3800 Laverne Avenue North.  Agendas typically are available on the Friday immediately preceding the meeting and are available in the ”Agendas and Minutes” section of this website. Meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. Meeting times and dates are subject to change due to Holidays and scheduling conflicts. Please refer to the events calendar on this site for possible schedule changes.

Park Commission Members
John Ames, 9799 51st St. N. (651) 770-6274
Mary Frick, 2773 Lisbon Ave. N. (651) 773-7052
Pam Hartley, 10010 Tapestry Rd.  (651) 490-5885
Sarah Hietpas, 3704 Kindred Ct. N. (651) 779-7211
Dana Nelson (1st Alernate), 2871 Legion Ave. N. (651) 493-2777
Jacob Silvernale, 11751 58th St. N., (651) 351-0142
David Steel (2nd Alternate), 9576 55th St. N  (651) 777-9018
Shane Weis (Chair), 8483 27th St. N. (651) 747-7507
Mike Zeno, 4860 Jerome Ave. N.  (651) 770-3817

Economic Development Authority (EDA)

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) is a legal entity created by the City to facilitate a well-rounded development program to create flexible business assistance and development programs. The EDA is governed by a board consisting of seven members; two members of City Council, and five of which are real property owners, in good standing, from within the jurisdictional boundary of the City of Lake Elmo, who are appointed by the Mayor with Council approval.

EDA Members
Mayor Mike Pearson
Council Member Wally Nelson
Dan Raleigh, President, Lake Elmo Bank, danraleigh@lakeelmobank.com
John Thompson, Commercial Realtor, john.thompson@transwestern.net
John Schiltz, Owner, Lake Elmo Inn & Event Center, chefschiltz@aol.com
Steve Nelson, Housing Finance Executive, snelson8080@gmail.com
Anne Cohen, Professor, Carlson School of Management, coeh0003@umn.edu
Mark Gaertner (alternate), mark@walsh-gaertner.com
Linda Larson (alternate), lindalarson871@comcast.net