Comprehensive Plan Implementation Partnerships

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The Resilient Communities Project has partnered with the Metropolitan Council each year since 2019 to offer research and technical assistance to Twin Cities metro area communities in support of projects that enhance community resilience, advance equity, and implement one or more elements of a locally adopted comprehensive plan. The projects supported under these year-long collaborations are described below. 

2021–2022 Cohort (current partnerships)
2020–2021 Cohort
Comprehensive Plan Implementation Resources

2021-2022 Cohort

Developing Tools to Inform Water Resource Management (PDF iconPDF)

Project GoalTo identify areas where stormwater infiltration is both technically feasible and protective of the community’s drinking water source
PartnerCity of Edina
Project LeadJessica Wilson, Water Resources Coordinator, City of Edina


Developing a Single-Family Housing Rehabilitation Program (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: To identify best practices to create a program that offers affordable, owner-occupied, single-family homes
Partner: City of Maplewood
Project LeadJeff Thomson, Community Development Director, City of Maplewood


Planning for the Future of Natural Resource Land Management in Washington County (PDF iconPDF)

Project GoalTo explore the advantages and disadvantages of active land management and passive land management approaches
PartnerWashington County
Project LeadConnor Schaefer, Public Works Planner, Washington County


Improving Access to Parks in Washington County (PDF iconPDF)

Project GoalTo find ways to reduce barriers and increase park participation among underrepresented parks users
PartnerWashington County
Project LeadConnor Schaefer, Public Works Planner, Washington County


Policy Planning for Electric Vehicles in Washington County (PDF iconPDF)

Project GoalTo create policy recommendations to ensure Washington County is EV-ready
Partner: Washington County
Project Lead: Sara Allen, Planner, Washington County


Creating and Sustaining Equity through Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Public Transit Connectivity (PDF iconPDF)

Project GoalTo identify strategies to improve and enhance the equity, accessibility, connectivity, and safety of pedestrian, bicycle, and public transit pathways
PartnerCity of Little Canada
Project Lead: Corrin Wendell, Director of Community Development & Planning, City of Little Canada

2020–2021 Cohort

Identifying Transit Needs in Carver County (PDF icon PDF

SouthWest Transit busProject Goal: To determine the current unmet transit needs and demands and to predict transit needs of the future based on the growth, demographic shifts and commuting changes faced by the County.
Partner: Carver County
Project Lead: Adriana Atcheson, Planner, Carver County Planning & Water Management
UMN Courses Engaged:

PA 5311 Program Evaluation (Fall 2020)
Final Report  |  Final Presentation (video)

ISyE Senior Design Project (Spring 2021)
Final Report  |  Final Presentation (video)


Planning for Land Use & Economic Development Post-COVID-19 (PDF icon PDF)

Planning Post-COVIDProject Goal: To identify land use, zoning ordinance, and economic development changes the City should consider changing to effectively plan for a future pandemic.
Partner: City of Minnetonka
Project Lead: Drew Ingvalson, Planner, City of Minnetonka
UMN Courses Engaged:

PA 5041 Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts (Fall 2020)
Final Report  |  Final Presentation (video

PA 8081 Planning & Public Affairs Capstone (Spring 2021)
Final Report  |  Final Presentation (video)


Maximizing Saint Paul Employment Assets: Connecting the Workforce with Job-Rich Sectors (PDF icon PDF)

EmploymentProject Goal: To identify traditional and emerging economic sectors that Saint Paul should target for growth and recruitment in order to maximize well‐paid jobs for Saint Paul residents and inform strategies for establishing strong connections between Saint Paul employers and residents.
Partner: City of Saint Paul 
Project Lead: Michael Richardson, Senior City Planner, City of Saint Paul: Department of Planning and Economic Development
UMN Courses Engaged:

PA 5041 Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts (Fall 2020)
Final Report  |  Final Presentation (video)


Enhancing Woodbury's Urban Tree Canopy (PDF icon PDF)

Tree cover in WoodburyProject Goal: To equitably increase the tree canopy coverage, update the approved tree species list, and help educate and engage residents on the importance of trees to promote environmental stewardship. 
Partner: City of Woodbury
Project Lead: Kristin Seaman, Environmental Resources Specialist, City of Woodbury
UMN Courses Engaged:

PA 8081 Public Participation Capstone (Spring 2021)
Final Report  |  Final Presentation (video)

FNRM 4501 / 5501 Urban Forest Management: Managing Greenspaces for People (Spring 2021)
Final Report  |  Final Presentation (video)

Comprehensive Plan Implementation Resources

The resources below were adapted from projects completed with city or county partners. These resources have been edited for content to make them more generally usable by other communites in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and beyond.


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