City of Edina, Minnesota
When undertaking its 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update, the City of Edina wanted to provide additional guidance for areas most likely to accommodate new growth. They preceded their comprehensive plan update with a series of small area plans for six locations. The plans covered all topics addressed in the comprehensive plan with detailed guidance on issues such as development type, scale, and intensity. Bolton & Menk worked on the small area plans and overall comprehensive plan update. The planning process involved a bridging element to ensure a previous visioning exercise was fully integrated into the plan update.
We participated in developing four small area plans. We led the development for land use, housing, community health, energy and environment, water resource, and implementation plan elements. An extensive community engagement process included community-led advisory committees for small area plans and collaborating with city boards and commissions to gather guidance on specific chapters.
The resulting draft plan is currently moving through the public review process under planning commission and city council guidance. The small area plans adopted in advance of the full plan are being incorporated in the full document.