KNOW YOUR CANDIDATE - Brian Kirk
Managing Change for a Better Community
Address: 4916 Carleton Road, Minnetonka
Daytime Telephone Number: 952-451-6251
I have been married to Jennifer Kirk for 27 years. She is a public schoolteacher, and we are the parents of three school-age children: Cody (23 yrs. Wilderness Therapy Guide), Kevin (21 yrs. – Madison WI), and Emily (17 yrs. – Hopkins HS).
I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and Bachelors of Architecture Degree from North Dakota State University
Years living in Minnetonka:
Lifelong resident; Hopkins schools through 8th grade (family moved); Minnetonka schools from 9th grade – graduated from Minnetonka High School - 1979
My family and I have been members of St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka for the past 19 years.
Community/civic organization involvement:
City of Minnetonka Planning Commission (Chair)
2040 Minnetonka Comprehensive Guide Plan Steering Committee
Imagine Minnetonka Citizens Steering Committee
Community Advisory Committee of the Southwest Light Rail Transitway (SWLRT)
Past volunteer for the Hopkins HS Boys Soccer boosters
Past volunteer soccer coach for Hopkins Dynamo, and the Minnetonka/Hopkins Rec Department
Volunteered selling Christmas trees to send kids to camp.
Why are you the best candidate to represent Minnetonka?
We need strong city leaders who actively believe development is possible, but who are committed to find balance, and are prepared to guide and direct. My campaign motto is “Managing Change for a Better Community” – is that not what we all want? We all realize that development is going to happen, knowing that new development will help improve our tax base – and no one likes to see vacant, rundown buildings in our community. As Chair of the City Planning Commission, I give thoughtful and meaningful direction to developers, and listen to concerns of the community during public hearings. I am prepared to guide development decisions that will keep the neighborhood character of Minnetonka strong and vibrant.
What are three major issues facing the city, and what would you specifically recommend to solve these problems?
As a community, we are grateful when developers are bringing opportunities to our city, but those opportunities need to be guided with a voice of reason and a clear understanding of limits, ordinances, and the city’s comprehensive plan.
I hear from neighbors about the threat of neighborhoods changing with the small lot subdivisions, Planned Unit Developments and Conditional Use Permits. I want to honor and preserve the unique character and quality of life in our neighborhoods, by listening to the community and having a common voice for managing change.
The City of Minnetonka is commonly associated with quality of schools and education. Unfortunately, the Minnetonka School District is often the focus. Equally supporting and promoting the high quality of all our districts should be a high priority. A Council Member needs to be there – to lead, to have a voice, to help residents through difficult decisions and find the best solutions