The 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update for the City of Minneapolis included a total rethinking of city priorities for the built, natural, and economic environment of the City. Equity, livability and sustainability are core values of the 2040 Plan.
Live Healthy Red Wing - working closely with the City of Red Wing - received a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Active Places demonstration project grant to implement a temporary pilot demonstration of walkability and safety improvements at the intersection of the Old West Main Street and Jackson Street. This intersection is slated for a 2021 reconstruction.
With productivity that exceeds many large city systems, CyRide provides transportation for students, faculty, and staff to reach Iowa State University (ISU). In 2016, the transit system began a year-long study to determine the most efficient way to run the bus system. As part of the study, CyRide seeks to expand its services by providing intra-city connections for residents and employees. Community Design Group led community engagement services for this system update.
Known as “The Most Livable Place” for its renowned natural beauty, world class fishing, skiing, abundant recreational opportunities, and gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman is also a regional commercial center for much of the south central region of Montana.
Community Design Group recently developed the city’s new Urban Design Manual to increase opportunities for innovative urban design, improved multimodal connectivity, and orderly and sustainable development while also responding to the city’s unique physical and natural character.
CDG led the update of the City of Fitchburg Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for 2017. The Plan offers infrastructure and programming recommendations to improve walking and bicycling conditions in Fitchburg and make walking and riding a bicycle more convenient and enjoyable travel choices for people who live, work, and play in the city.
CDG designed and facilitated community engagement activities for the City of Minneapolis’ project to redesign Hennepin Avenue from Lake Street West to 36th Street West. The purpose of the engagement events was to inform the public about the project scope and schedule, seek ideas on the future of the corridor, and let the public know how to stay engaged with the project.
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.
CDG worked with staff and residents of Brooklyn Park to develop the city's first Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan.
Deeply informed by a community health and Active Living / Active Transportation framework, the plan seeks to increase opportunities for walking and biking for residents of all ages and abilities by making walking and biking in the city safer, more inviting, more useful and more convenient.
Over a condensed timeline of six months, we completed planning, design, and engagement for the project.
The Kenilworth redesign incorporates the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) project alongside the existing regional walking and biking trail (which serves nearly 600,000 people annually). The corridor features separate trails for people who walk and bike, and provides connections to several major trails in the wider metro area.
The Saint Paul Grand Round is a visionary project to complete a 30 mile scenic parkway with off-street pedestrian and bicycle trails connecting neighborhoods across the entire city of Saint Paul.
The Grand Round is a city-wide asset that has increased walking and biking connections to local businesses and destinations, helped calm traffic in residential neighborhoods, and connected communities across the city.