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Integration of Regional Initiatives with Community Development: Two Twin Cities Examples Gretchen Nicholls Partners in Innovation Denver 2010

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Presentation from Partners in Innovation National Symposium in Denver, CO on September 27, 2010


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Integration of Regional Initiatives with Community Development:

Two Twin Cities Examples

Gretchen Nicholls Partners in Innovation Denver 2010

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Regional Initiatives

Community Development

Both/And (not Either/Or)Community development worksCommunity development is

about R & D for systems changeGreen / sustainable developmentCross-disciplinary partnershipsMultiple purpose (mixed uses)


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Sponsored by:

Getting it Done:A workshop series on Transit-Oriented Districts and Walkable Communities

March – June 2010

Regional Initiatives

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Workshop Topics:Workshop I: Infrastructure

and the Public RealmGary Toth, Project for

Public Spaces

Workshop II: Connecting Land Use and Transportation

Joe Shilling, VirginiaTech Metropolitan Center

Workshop III: Equitable Development and Community Benefits

Leslie Moody, Partnership With Working Families

Workshop IV: Financing –Building Public / Private Partnerships

Dena Belzer, Strategic Economics

Follow-up Luncheon Session

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Who participated?• 16 cities• 5 counties• Met Council, state and federal agencies.• 19 developers• 58 advocacy groups and community-based

organizations• 35% attended 3 – 4 sessions.• Cross-disciplinary and cross-sector involvement.

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Summaries and Next Steps• Findings and policy recommendations from the series

will be shared with city councils, planning commissions, legislative committees, and other key partners.

• A web site that contains all of the presentations, links, and information gathered at the Getting it Done TOD series is available at

• A shared definition of transit-oriented development.

• A collection of local TOD case studies that provide information on what it took to get there (including capstone projects to further our on-the-ground learning).

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Providing a framework for higher density housing and mixed-use development along

transportation corridors

Corridor Development Initiative

Community Development

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Proactive Planning



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CDI Block Exercise

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An interactive exercise for community members to explore different development options and find out if the are financially viable.

CDI Block Exercise: What it is

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CDI Block Exercise: Community ImpactParticipants leave with a deeper understanding about the economic constraints of development and design opportunities in their neighborhood

Block Exercise: Community Impact

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Block Exercise: ProductsSummary Sheet of all Scenarios Created

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Final RecommendationsSubmit to city officials

Brooklyn Park / Huntington Pointe Site:Development Guidelines

May 12, 2008

Sponsored by the Brooklyn Park Economic Development Authority,Hennepin County Housing, Community Works, and Transit and the

Corridor Development Initiative/Twin Cities LISC

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• Change is natural evolution of past and future• Ground discussion in shared values• Experts on tap, not experts on top• Translate technical terminology

Lessons Learned

• Connect vision with financial realities• Use local images • Neutral facilitator essential

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“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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