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RV 2014: Community Engagement and Corridor Development Initiative


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Community Engagement + Corridor Development Initiative = Results

After a difficult development project review process, have you ever wished there was a better way? Now there is. Learn about the Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) in this interactive workshop. Discover how neighbors can guide redevelopment to reflect their community vision -- how developers can reduce the amount of time between submitting a proposal and breaking ground. Join LISC Twin Cities to see how CDI's hands-on, win-win approach moves potential TOD opportunity sites into actual projects. CDI has been replicated by the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council and is being considered by the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Hear why CDI has become a best practice in the Twin Cities and whether it might be right for your organization.

Gretchen Nicholls, Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, St. Paul, Minnesota
Barbara Raye, Director, Center for Planning, Policy and Performance, St. Paul, Minnesota
Yonah Freemark, Project Manager, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago, Illinois
Ashley Kaade, AICP, Planner II, Stakeholder Engagement, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Denver, Colorado

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RV 2014: Community Engagement and Corridor Development Initiative

  1. 1. Providing a framework for higher density affordable housing and mixed-use development along transportation corridors Gretchen Nicholls –Twin Cities LISC Corridor Development Initiative
  2. 2. Panel Presenters • Barbara Raye–Twin Cities CDI Tech Team (Center for Policy Planning and Performance) • Yonah Freemark–Chicago Metropolitan Planning Coucil • Ashley Kaade–Denver Regional Council of Governments
  3. 3. CDI Block Exercise Katie Thering –CDI Block Exercise Coordinator Miranda Walker (Aeon) & Bill Beard (The Beard Group) –Financial Analysis Table facilitators and sketchers
  4. 4. An interactive exercise for community members to explore different development options and find out if the are financially viable. Block Exercise: What it is
  5. 5. Corridor Development Initiative Community Workshops: Workshop I Gathering Information Workshop II Block Exercise Workshop IV Framing the Recommendations Workshop III Developer Panel
  6. 6. CDI Technical Team Coordination Facilitation Development Design
  7. 7. Proactive Planning Production Partnerships
  8. 8. Twin Cities LISC Corridor Development Initiative Barbara Raye Center for Policy Planning and Performance Rail-Volution Conference September 23, 2014
  9. 9. Goals and Outcomes 1. Connect higher density housing and jobs to transportation corridors • links vision with market realities 2. Energize collaborative planning among neighborhoods, city, and county partners • Build relationships • Align planning efforts 3. Production of new development along corridors • Meets city goals and neighborhood interests • Integrates affordable housing options • Physically enhance neighborhoods
  10. 10. CDI Principles StoppingCo-Creation Community members: * Set the stage for future development * Become wiser consumers of development * Become partners with redevelopment efforts
  11. 11. Greater Efficiency & Better Outcomes • Development that better meets community needs / expectations • Greater community support • Community has relationship with development, can be allies / advocates for the project • City / Government has tool for RFP or site plan review in advance of proposal • Quicker process of plan review –fewer surprises –less resistance
  12. 12. Critical Elements • Discuss community values / concerns • Experience of building to values framework: learn considerations, costs, trade-offs, etc. • Expand viewpoint –learn from other perspectives • Articulate values and goals
  13. 13. Benefits • More knowledgeable about development • Accommodate diverse opinions through listening / dialogue / collaboration • Identify how investments can benefit broader community • Government reflects community desires –gains confidence / trust of voters • Developer has a positive start –avoids pitfalls and knows key issues in advance • Development has long term support from community and meets genuine community needs • Residents experience positive process for influence and have new mindset about citizenship
  14. 14. • Communities are not classrooms • Experts on tap, not experts on top • Translate terminology • Change is natural evolution of past and future • Ground discussion in shared values Lessons Learned
  15. 15. Lessons Learned(continued) • Connect vision with financial realities • Strengthen design and development literacy • Use local images • Neutral facilitator essential
  16. 16. Conclusion “The Corridor Development Initiative provides a great education to community members, makes visions more concrete, increases comfort with housing options and provides a venue for community members to work together to identify their goals.” Amy Sparks, St. Anthony Park Community “The Corridor Development Initiative gets residents meaningfully engaged in shaping the future of their neighborhoods. Any community looking for a new way to resolve controversial neighborhood redevelopment and infill issues should consider using this as a model,” APA Awards Jury Chair Carol Rhea.
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  28. 28.  Non-profit, public agency dedicated to serving local governments  Local officials working together to address the region’s challenges  Each community has a voice in regional decision making  Program areas: - Advocacy-Regional growth and development - Aging Services-Shared services - Environment-Transportation and traffic operation
  29. 29.  Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) -Build out of FasTracks  Metro Vision 2040
  30. 30.  Commitment to stakeholder engagement
  31. 31.  Metro Vision - Urban Centers - Infill development and redevelopment
  32. 32.  Infill and redevelopment desired and critical  Challenges and barriers  Strategic coordination between the public and private sector is necessary  A clear vision with planning policies that support the vision are important
  33. 33.  Sites that have had extensive planning and outreach are most attractive to developers  Issues arise when major site considerations have not yet been vetted through the political process (e.g., utilities, roadway access, station integration)
  34. 34.  SCI Catalytic Projects  Metro Vision 2040  Infill Feasibility Plans Photo credit: PlaceMatters
  35. 35. Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Ashley J. Kaade, AICP Planner II: Stakeholder Engagement 303-480-6781 website:
  36. 36. Sign up to bring theCorridor Development Initiativeto YOUR community Gretchen Nicholls, Twin Cities LISC 651-265-2280