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Media release
Environmental Quality Board names committee for urban development study

Extent: web page
Description: Names the eighteen individuals who will serve on the committee
Date: December 27, 1999
Subject(s): Regional planning
Contributor: Mark Haveman
Publisher: Minnesota Planning (Agency)
Contact: Michael Sullivan, 651-201-2462; Executive Director

Eighteen Minnesotans representing agriculture, environmental interests, development, local government and concerned citizens have been named to advise the state’s Environmental Quality Board on the scope and content of a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) on Urban Development.

The 1999 Legislature directed the Environmental Quality Board to examine the long-term effects of urban development on Minnesota’s economy and environment, and its residents’ way of life.

"I am pleased with the broad range of perspectives and expertise represented on the steering committee," said Gene Hugoson, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Chair of the Environmental Quality Board.

Hugoson noted that the purpose of the GEIS is to help the State of Minnesota better understand the impact of urban development and identify policies and approaches that may reduce the conflicts and trade-offs of urban growth.

"Too often in urban development, there is a ‘rush to policy’ without fully understanding the impact of our existing policies," noted Dean Barkley, Director of Minnesota Planning. "The Urban GEIS study will allow us to base our future policies and practices on high quality information and analysis."

Thomas Delaney Commissioner, Chisago County Shafer
Scott Elkins Director of Outreach, 1000 Friends of Minnesota St. Paul
Jeff EwingRegional Manager, Farmland Industries, Inc. Prior Lake
Michael FischerProject Manager, LHB Engineers & ArchitectsEdina
Daniel HuntPartner, HuntGregory DevelopmentMinneapolis
Karen LinnerPolicy Analyst, Center for Energy and EnvironmentMinneapolis
Joan MarshmanBusiness Manager, Bud Meyer Truck Lines; Chair, Florence Township BoardFrontenac
Thomas OwensReal estate attorney, Owens and AssociatesMinneapolis
Rick PackerProject Manager, Arcon DevelopmentCoonRapids
Terence QuigleyRetired
business executive, Deluxe Corporation; Chair, City Planning Commission
Merle SchwartauDairy farmer; Goodhue County Planning CommissionerRed
Retired executive, 3M Corporation;City Council memberRichfield
Sherburne County
Phil Wheeler Director, Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department Rochester
Carole YohoProfessor and Extension Economist, University of MinnesotaStillwater

The Environmental Quality Board, staffed by Minnesota Planning, draws together five citizens and the heads of 10 state agencies that play a vital role in Minnesota’s environment and development. The Board develops policy, creates long-range plans and reviews proposed projects that could significantly influence Minnesota’s environment.

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