Engaging Local Communities for Regional Change: North Metro I-35W Corridor Coalition

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Region is expected to grow by 600,000 persons in the next twenty years. The Metropolitan Council, through its regional planning process, recommends that existing communities that constitute the core of the region absorb a substantial proportion of this growth. The rationale is that by intensifying and diversifying land use and development where infrastructure already exists, the growing region will be able to expand its multi-modal transportation network, more effectively use resources, maintain its healthy regional economy, and ensure equitable access to a high quality of life. How this growth will take form in individual communities, however, is a question left for local governments to resolve. This regional decision, along with a growing number of local issues held in common, brought the seven cities that constitute the I-35W North Metro Corridor Coalition together to engage in a subregional collaboration. Although coalitions and collaborations are not new concepts, the nature of what is being proposed by the Coalition is. Their agenda recognizes that issues are integrated and that strategies to implement solutions require cooperation among many jurisdictions. This approach suggests that no one solution alone will produce the desired outcome, but that multiple strategies orchestrated in concert are needed to meet the future needs of local communities. The Coalition also is committed to conducting its work based on principles that support “livable communities.” By livable, the Coalition refers to communities that are vibrant and distinctive and that meet the diverse needs of residents and businesses seeking a choice of quality housing, transportation, and economic opportunities while sustaining its natural resources. For the past three years, the Coalition has worked to lay a foundation for this subregional collaboration. Priority was placed on building a common Geographic Information System (GIS) database that allows communities to share and compare information across borders and developing a subregional urban design and transportation framework. In addition to background work, the Coalition is actively testing concrete subregional concepts and strategies. For example, building inspectors representing each of the cities have met several times to discuss the feasibility of adopting and enforcing subregional housing standards and some Coalition cities utilized the subregional GIS database in their comprehensive planning processes. This document consolidates and synthesizes the outcomes of these efforts. In this sense, it is a snapshot of what the Coalition has accomplished and a roadmap for moving forward. It provides a general overview of the upcoming scope of work and describes proposals for operating more intensively on a subregional scale.

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    Design Center for American Urban Landscape

    1313 5th Street SE, Suite 222
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55414

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

    College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455-0220
  • Publication Date: 2000-4


  • English

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: 68p

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  • Accession Number: 01054771
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2007 3:38PM