Community Planning & Urban Design

The built environment shapes experience and quality of life for a community's residents and visitors. Places and spaces where people feel welcome and comfortable, and that are interesting, safe and vital invite people to connect with each other and build the framework of social connectivity, health and wellness, and prosperity and success.

Learn more about our placemaking approach here >, and check out the list below for some of our recent community planning and urban design projects.

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.

We're working with the City of International Falls to develop a new Comprehensive Plan and update the city's Zoning Code. The new plan is the city’s first in more than a half century (the most recent one was completed in 1966!). The city is located on the Rainy River, along the US / Canada border, and is the largest port of entry for international railroad traffic in the United States today. It includes significant paper industry operations, and is an important gateway for tourism, including for visitors to Voyageurs National Park.

We are happy to announce that we have been hired by the City of Bozeman, Montana to develop their Urban Design Guidelines covering all current and future development in the city.

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.

The City of Grand Marais is creating their long-range Community Vision and Comprehensive Plan. The plan is a guiding document for how the City will manage growth and development over the next 20 years. The Plan helps preserve the city’s unique character while charting a course for long-term sustainable growth and development. Extensive outreach and guidance from Grand Marais residents and community leaders helped us develop a plan framework that is action-oriented, innovative, and supported by the community.

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.

In spring of 2011, the West Side Community Organization (WSCO) began a process to develop a new Community Plan for District 3. Discovering and developing the vision that would guide the policies included in the Plan was the first step in this process.

Community Design Group was hired to design and implement a visioning process to:

Edina's GrandView District is one of the largest redevelopment sites within the city's boundaries, and is also an historically-important commercial and civic location. Many changes in the District’s land uses prompted the initiation of a community-led process to plan for its future - in consultation with residents, property owners, business owners and commercial property owners, to produce a guide for redevelopment.