The City of Grand Forks in coordination with the Grand Forks - East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) recently updated their long-range Land Use Plan. The plan is a guiding document for how the City will manage growth and development over the next 30 years.
Community visioning and engagement was a key part of the plan update. To better reflect community needs and desires for the future of Grand Forks, CDG used interactive in-person activities and innovative online tools to expand engagement and participation in the process.
For the first phase of engagement, CDG facilitated Pop-Up activities at popular local events--quick, interactive activities to gather visioning input from community members who would not normally attend public meetings. The second round of engagement had participants imagine new uses for three underdeveloped sites using hands-on materials. Input from these events and from an online visioning survey was summarized and integrated into the foundation of the plan update.
With design recommendations developed by CDG, concepts were produced for specific sites in the city - from redevelopment of a two-block site near the Grand Forks downtown to the reuse and reconceptualization of a 28 acre mall site in the middle of the city to design recommendations for a 320 acre planned unit development (PUD) site in the city's periphery.