The City of Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan included a total rethinking of priorities for the built, natural, and economic environment of the City. Equity, livability and sustainability are core values of the 2040 Plan.
To ensure that engagement for the plan matched the city's values, Minneapolis hired CDG to provide city-wide community outreach, engagement and facilitation. CDG's role included designing and coordinating the plan's large-scale open house "Big Questions" events - including designing all of the open houses' user-friendly informational materials and hands-on interactive activities. In addition, CDG processed and summarized all engagement received to provide high-level direction to the city on the plan's directions.
Engagement was focused on the core elements in the Comprehensive Plan - transportation, jobs, housing, and the environment - and visions for tying all the pieces together. The questions were designed to elicit the public's preferences for the plan's values and aspirations, and to provide guidance on the policies and recommendations needed to turn those ideas into reality. The new Comprehensive Plan was adopted in October of 2019 and is now moving into implementation.