Eden Prairie's 2007 Active Community Planning: Site Planning Guide is written and illustrated to help local government, property owners and developers prepare plans that incorporate density, walking/biking, quality physical design and air and water quality concerns into development plans.
Government facilities include city buildings, libraries and schools, and county, state or federal facilities. See the Community Facilities Location Policy toolkit (Smart Growth America: 2017) written for small and rural communities, which includes city policies to help ensure resident access to new or relocated essential services such as hospitals, medical clinics, schools, courthouses, childcare centers, and post offices.
On average, people are willing to walk up to 3/4 mile to access a transit stop with at least hourly transit service.
Explain which attributes are met; note if EV charging is publicly available.
Parking spaces are significantly below the parking standard due to bike/ped/transit access, shared parking, municipal lot.
A public school is located along a public transit line and provides incentives (such as discounted bus passes) for students to use the line.
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The Burnsville Performing Art Center is adjacent to the Nicollet Commons Park where walking and biking is accessible for staff. Also, the center is located on the busy thoroughfare Nicollet Avenue where regular transit service is available.
The Burnsville Performing Arts Center has a joint parking lot with the Nicollet Commons Park, as well as other businesses on the block. This parking lot has significantly less parking than standards would require because it is located next to several transit lines.
Burnsville Highschool and Burnsville Senior Campus both have a private bus company available to take students to and from school at no cost to students. If students miss this bus, the highschool has tokens, free MN Transit bus passes, the students can use to ride public transit at no cost.
The city of Dilworth rents out the city community center, which is designed to facilitate biking and transit stop at this location. There are bike racks outside the facility, and it is a designated MATBUS stop location.
MATBUS also offers discounted passes for students, the elderly, and the disabled and free passes for college students, personal care attendants, and service-connected veterans with routes that stop at Dilworth City Hall, Dilworth Elementary, the Community Center, etc.
The Hardwood Creek Library/Washington County Service Center (Library/Service Center) is adjacent to both an existing employment and residential center. The facility is within .25 mi of 150 jobs (YMCA, an animal hospital, and the facility itself). Moreover, the service center is adjacent to three high density, multi-tenant buildings: 1) Two 36-unit, workforce housing available to residents who earn 60% of area median income; 2)One 70-unit, community for residents 55 and older.
The Library/Service Center is designed to facilitate and strongly encourage access by walking and biking. It is located within .5 mi of 4.4 mi of sidewalks and trails with direct connections and close proximity (500 ft) to Hardwood Creek/Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail (a 31.5 mile, multi-use trail that connects 60,500 residents in 9 communities). Not to mention, plenty of bike racks are onsite for cyclists.
Finally, the Library/Service Center is accessible by regular transit service, sitting adjacent to the Forest Lake Transit Center. At this location, visitors are able to access Metro Transit Express lines and Jefferson Coach lines. Metro Transit lines provide daily service to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Combined, the two routes complete 14 one-way trips, five days a week. To complement, Jefferson lines regularly schedule coach services to dozens of cities in 12 other states. All destinations are reachable from the Forest Lake Transit Center.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
1) Future development of more high-density residential area, nearby
2) Addition of nearby businesses and employment
3) Increased public transportation and accessibility
Construction began on the new City of Fridley Civic Campus in early 2017. The new Civic Campus will combine Public Works, which was previously separated by a mile, with other City services (City Hall, fire, police), eliminating the need for employees to drive between facilities.
The new Civic Campus is located directly along the Route 10 bus line, a bus line connecting downtown Minneapolis and the Northtown Transit Station, as well as along the proposed Central Avenue bus rapid transit. The Campus is also integrated with the Rice Creek West Regional Trail.
Amenities include walking paths and a stormwater treatment/water feature intended to function as community gathering spaces. One parking court in the campus is also designed to serve as employee parking during the week and a multi-use plaza during evenings/weekends to host festivals, farmers markets, and more.
The City Hall campus is connected via walking paths and sidewalks to the Hennepin County Library and McDonalds to the north, it is adjacent to small scale commercial uses to the west and south and senior housing to the east. There are bus routes that go along Winnetka Ave and Golden Valley Rd within 0.1 miles of campus
As of 2016 public schools located along public transit lines include:
Perpich Center for the Arts (reduced-fee bus passes are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch),
and School of Engineering and Arts (district magnet school).
City Hall is located in downtown Albert Lea, an employment center. It is in the center of the town, easily accessible by foot and bike. In addition to that, the Albert Lea Senior Center (owned and operated by the City) is located in a shopping mall, right near the largest apartment building in the city. Both locations are on the SMART public transit route.
a) There are a number of government facilities located in downtown Bemidji, including City Hall, the Bemidji Public Library, the Beltrami County Campus, Indian Health Services, and more. These facilities are in a thriving downtown area where they are adjacent to numerous local businesses.
b) City Hall and the Bemidji Public Library both have bike racks to encourage access by biking. They are located in the downtown area, which is well connected by sidewalks and crosswalks to facilitate pedestrian access. A number of other governmental facilities are also located downtown to encourage pedestrian access, including the Beltrami County Office, Beltrami County Jail, Beltrami County Health and Human Services, Beltrami County Sheriff, as well as the Bemidji Fire Department.
c) Paul Bunyan Transit will provide transit service to all government facilities in town through their Dial-A-Ride program.
The Civic Center, which includes City Hall, the Court House, and the Federal building, sits on the 11 bus route and is 1 block from stops that service many other routes. It is also only 4.5 blocks from the Downtown Transit Center which connects all bus routes in the city. Superior St running in front of the Civic Center is currently being renovated to improve sidewalks and walkability, and other adjacent streets have existing bike lanes that connect Civic Center to the rest of the city. City Hall is connected via Skywalk to neighboring commercial buildings that encourage pedestrian traffic even during the winter. The Civic Center is surrounded by Community Shopping and Office & Downtown Mixed Use zones that supply employment to the Urban Residential zone two blocks away.
The Veterans Memorial Community Center and City Hall are located on one city property. This City property, Simley Highschool and the Inver Hills Community College have access to sidewalks and trails to facilitate and encourage walking and biking. Inver Hills Community College, Simley Highschool, and the Library are also accessible by the MetroTransit bus service.
Maplewood has government facilities (City hall, MCC) that facilitate and encourages accessibility to existing regular transit service located on White Bear Ave as well as by walking and biking as the city campus is intersected by the Gateway Trail. This trail has bike tools also available at fix-it stations supplied by Ramsey County.
The city is currently hosting a comment period to help proceed with future planning on the Gateway Corridor.
The Maplewood City Hall and the MCC are abutting residential zones, commercial properties, and share a parking lot with the Ramsey County Courthouse.
MATBUS offers discounted passes for students, the elderly, and the disabled and free passes for college students, personal care attendants, and service-connected veterans. There are a number of city facilities located on the MATBUS route including Hopkins Elementary, Moorhead Public Library, the Courthouse, Moorhead Center Mall and City Hall. Most of these facilities are located in or near the Downtown mixed-use district. The purpose of this district is to promote a variety of uses aimed at building and maintain a pedestrian and bicycle friendly, sustainable downtown environment. Uses that provide a diversity of jobs, residential opportunities, entertainment venues, civic functions, commercial services and shopping are encouraged in the downtown mixed-use district. The district will encourage a scale of development, mixture of uses and other such urban design attributes that promote the safe and efficient pedestrian and vehicular movements throughout the district. (Ord. 2004-40, 1-3-2005)
(2a) The City of New Brighton leases space within the New Brighton Community Center to the Ramsey County Public Library and space within City Hall to the Minnesota Police Chiefs Association. Being located in downtown New Brighton, both spaces are adjacent to or directly across the street from existing single family, multi-family and commercial development.
(2b)New Brighton’s tenants, including the Ramsey County Public Library and Minnesota Police Chiefs Association are located in public buildings with access to local walking and biking trails. These trails are multi-use and provide regional connections via Long Lake Regional Park.
(2c) New Brighton’s tenants, including the Ramsey County Public Library and Minnesota Police Chiefs Association are located in public buildings accessible by Metro Transit route 141, which provides daily service.
Sartell City Hall is located along the main North-South thoroughfare through the city (Pinecone Rd). The city has a trail which is accessible and connects the building to Pinecone Regional Park, residential neighborhoods, the Watab River, and Bernicks Ice Arena. The bike path along Pinecone Rd also connects the building to the local Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. All these connections are within walking distance to one another. Metro Bus Route 32 runs along Pinecone Rd allowing users to travel from City Hall to other destinations (shopping, employment, schools) The Elementary, Middle and High Schools are all located along Bus Route 32. The Community Center opened in 2017 is located along Metro Bus Route #32 and is accessible through trails connecting to Pinecone Rd N and 19th St S.
The city recently moved into a New City Hall that is connected to the Library. The City Hall was finished in 2014. The new City Hall is located in the downtown and will be located adjacent to an new retail building being constructed in 2014 on the same parcel. The City Hall will be located on the LRT Trail (biking/walking trail )that connects Victoria to Minneapolis. The City has a shared parking ordinance which allows businesses to share parking spaces and reduces the number needed. The City Hall will be located across the street from a municipal lot that serves multiple downtown buildings.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Many people can park in the small lot then walk around to city hall, the library, the shops near downtown or they choose to bike the LRT trail.
- Both elementary and secondary schools are on the same block as city hall, the Marshall County courthouse, and the Marshall County police station all of which have sidewalks for pedestrians and paths for bicyclists.
- Fewer parking spaces in relation to parking standards due to shared parking between the schools
-Municipal lots for the courthouse and police station
West St Paul's City Hall and Regional Athletics Center (Dome) are adjacent to an existing employment and residential center. Both facilities are accessible by regular transit service. The Regional Athletics Center has a shared parking agreement with adjacent business "LA Fitness".
City Hall and the Public Safety building (houses police, dispatch center, and fire station) are located next to several stores and restaurants on U.S. 61. Additionally, across U.S. 61 is downtown. These city buildings were designed to facilitate access by walking, and biking, as well as regular transit service: there are easily accessible sidewalks on U.S. 61 for biking and walking to the City Hall and Public Safety building. Additionally, there is a bus stop that is serviced regularly directly in front of City Hall on U.S. 61.
Several city employees live close to the building they work in, and take advantage of this by walking to work. At City Hall and Public Safety Building (4701 U.S. 61, White Bear Lake), to meet the typical parking standard should have 65 parking spots, and actually only has 58, 11% less than normal.
The Municipal Center is located in Downtown Apple Valley, adjacent to several employment centers, the Apple Valley Medical Center, and the Dakota County Western Service Center, as well as several residential developments. The Municipal Center and several other city facilities (Central Maintenance Facility, Hayes Community Center, the Aquatic Center and Teen Center) are all accessible by City sidewalks and trails, making it easy to walk and bike to these critical service centers. MVTA provides service to all areas of Apple Valley and to city facilities.
City Hall and Police Department are located adjacent to the Crow Wing County campus and the Central Business District. Both are near a HUD high-rise and along a bus route. City transit service office is located in City Hall.
Brooklyn Center City Hall/Community Center is located adjacent to the Shingle Creek regional bike trail and both City Hall and the Community Center have several bike racks. The building are easy accessible from Metro Transit service. The Hennepin County Brookdale Service Center shares the same traits.
The Coon Rapids Ice Center was built in 2011 on the site of an old Target store. The existing services and utilities were used when building the Ice Center rather than creating new ones. It is located off Coon Rapids Blvd and adjacent to numerous existing businesses and close to bus routes. This location is near a residential neighborhood and close to Anoka Ramsey Community College. It is easily accesses via sidewalk and part of a larger city park. This site also has more open space available for possible future expansions to the existing building for a community center.
The Crookston City building, City Clerk, Administration Department, public library, and many businesses are located in close proximity in downtown Crookston. Recently, 1.2 miles of multi-use trails were added to complete a 5K loop through neighborhoods, downtown, and the industrial park to encourage access by biking and walking from several areas of town, including residential areas. There is an extra 2 miles of natural surface trails available that encourages hiking and biking to various locations around Crookston. In addition, T.H.E. Bus provides services that transports to and from any destination within the city of Crookston, including city buildings, schools, and the University of Minnesota Crookston.
The Crosslake Community School created a modern facility opened in 2018 for education, cultural experiences and environmental engagement essential to civic life as the heart of the Crosslake community. The building is located on the main thoroughfare of the city and across from the Corp of Engineers Campground and next to a business center. In addition, the eastern portion of the land made available to the school is currently wooded and will stay that way to be used as an “outdoor classroom” where students will learn about wildlife management and using natural resources effectively.
Robbinsdale School District recently relocated its Adult Learning Center to the western 40,000+ square feet of the Crystal Shopping Center. This is immediately adjacent to many retail shops in the shopping center, as well as the other retail and businesses in the Bass Lake Road/West Broadway commercial hub. The education building and shopping center is bordered by residential properties, both single family and multi-family. The retail area is served by public transit and sidewalks for commuters and pedestrians/bicyclists.
In 2003, the City opened a new facility in downtown Delano that housed City Hall offices and the Delano Area Senior Center under one roof. The downtown site was selected for a variety of reasons and is vitally important to the City. As its historic business district, the downtown has been the commercial hub for the community for well over a century. While today's business climate has shifted some of the business interests out to the highway corridor, many businesses continue to thrive in the downtown. For these reasons, it was important to maintain the cornerstone of City function in the heart of downtown employment and commerce.
The downtown area also represents the City's most densely developed area of town. With many older, more densely spaced single family homes, as well as second level apartments in the mixed use-style Central Business District, locating the City Hall/Senior Center in this area provided a viable opportunity to be an easily accessed hub for the many community services it offers.
The City allowed, under a Conditional Use Permit, for Spectrum High School to locate their classrooms within an industrial circle adjacent to existing employment and near high density housing. The school is just one mile from the Elk River Train Station with sidewalks along the way.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Spectrum has nearly doubled in size since moving to this location.
2a)In 2006, the City made a conscious decision to locate the new City Hall in the existing downtown in order to facilitate downtown business prosperity and create a walkable downtown with existing single and multi-family residents on small lots.
2b)The City Hall may be accessed by residents in the originally platted downtown to walk or bike to the facility.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The City Hall location in the downtown has provided walking and biking options for residents to access City Hall.
Mahtomedi City Hall is located in downtown Mahtomedi and adjacent to downtown Willernie. It is located within walking distance of many busineseses and is adjacent to medium density residential. Much of the zoning for the surrounding area is intended to accomodate a pedestrian environment. City Hall is accessible by bike/walking paths on Stillwater Road. There is also a bus stop of Metro Transit bus route 270 at the corner of Stillwater Road and Warner Avenue.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Residents are able to choose alternative modes of transportation for getting to City Hall.
Government Center is located in the town center of Maple Grove with both residential, retail, and office uses near by. The entire town center area has ample pedestrian ways along all roads as well as bike/ped trails that traverse through the park areas adjacent to the groundwater ponds.
Attached map shows aerial of area, Government Center is located at NW corner of Main Street and Arbor Lakes Parkway.
Morris's City Hall:
A) Is adjacent to Willie's Supervalu, Prairie Medical, Ottertail Power Company Offices, the Community Center, and the Post Office. All of these locations employ multiple people from the city of Morris. All transit drivers also work out of City Hall
B) Has sidewalks on both of the adjacent roads to encourage access by biking and walking.
C) Is the hub where transit is run from, and is thus easily accessible by our on-demand and regular stop transit system.
-Morris Transit, which was established in 1975 with MNDOT's help, writes a grant yearly to MNDOT, who in turn subsidize all transit activities by 80%. In 2019, Morris Transit was granted 90% of their funds by this grant.
-The University of Minnesota-Morris is visited by Morris Transit regularly, 10 times per weekday on the hour. These regular stops are half price ($1.25 per trip as opposed to $2.50). Beginning in 2013, the University has written a grant to offer discounted passes to university students yearly.
-Morris Area Public Schools pay for the transit system to pick up all students with disabilities free of charge to those students and their teachers/paraprofessionals, who ride the buses to pick up those students.
-Stevens Community Medical Center offers free transit to and from their hospital. Prairie Medical and West Wind Village offer free transit from the hospital to all patients.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Morris Transit offered 64,337 rides in 2018 and 64,950 in 2017.
In December 2018, there were 5,013 passengers. Of these, 1494 were disabled passengers, 629 were elderly, 680 were children, 400 were youth, and 1810 were adults. All of these rides were at least 80% subsidized, with many being paid for outright by different institutions within Morris.
North St. Paul City Hall is located less than one quarter mile from the Gateway Trail. City Hall promotes biking with bike racks for visitors. The location also promotes walking with consistently making sure sidewalks are clear for visitors in the winter. City Hall is located along the Metro Transit 64 Bus Route which services the community.
In 2008, Pine City's city hall located in the Pine Government Center, an abandoned building in the center of downtown Pine City (due to the county building a new courthouse facility). The choice to located downtown made it adjacent to an existing employment or residential center, on a sidewalk network designed to facilitate and encourage access by walking and biking and accessible by regular Arrowhead transit service.
The new Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center, completed in 1999, is located in the middle of downtown & has surrounding housing in a very close proximity. Downtown Red Wing has sidewalks on all of the streets in the main grid, including the streets that the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center is located. There is a bus service that runs through downtown Red Wing 5 days a week.
a. Adjacent to an existing employment or residential center. c. Accessible by regular transit service. Sacred Heart School is located close to a Transit Center. Robbinsdale Public Safety Building as well.
Located Downtown,a building containing a police station,fire department, and the Olmsted county license bureau, the building is easily accesible by the public transit system at multiple locations. The building also promotes walking around downtown. There are multiple connecting bridges that allow pedestrians to cross the river to the rest of downtown. The building is also adjacent to numerous other employment buildings.
a. The St. Cloud City Hall building is located within the downtown urban center of the City of St. Cloud. Located along US Highway 23 (2nd Street South), City Hall is located along the major east-west thoroughfare through the city. City Hall is located adjacent to the C-3 Central Business Zoning District, the historic core of the city served by intense pedestrian activity. In addition, the St. Cloud City Hall building is located on the northern boundary of intense residential development located south of the location into the St. Cloud State University neighborhood(s).
c. The St. Cloud City Hall building is located within approximately 1/10th of a mile of the St. Cloud Metro Bus Transit Center. The Transit Center is the hub for all metro buses operating within the St. Cloud metropolitan area and a regular scheduled stop for over half of the routes. The close proximity of the Metro Transit Center to St. Cloud City Hall makes City Hall accessible for both employee and customer transit riders.
The Scott County Government Center (highlighted in mapping document) is accessible by public transit and has a public transit component; additionally, the Center was designed and facilitated to be accessed by walking and biking and provides access to nearby businesses, residential developments, and the Central Family Center across the street.
Shakopee's City Hall (highlighted in mapping document) has combined parking facilities with the Police Department; both are accessible by walking and biking as well as provides access to nearby businesses and residential developments.
Shakopee has a number of schools, all of which have been designed with the ability to be accessed by walking and biking. The High School is located near various residential developments and centers. The Middle School is accessible by public transportation and is nearby residential developments as well as business centers. The Junior High School is accessible by public transportation, located near residential developments/centers, and is next to the Community Center, which shares the aforementioned attributes. Central Family Center is accessible by public transportation, located near residential developments/centers, and is across the street from Scott County Government Center. Sweeney Elementary is accessible by public transportation and located next to the SandVenture Aquatic Park, which also shares these same attributes. Red Oak Elementary is situated near residential developments and business centers and can be accessed by public transportation.
The Shoreview Community Center and City Hall campus are connected and surrounded by nearby local businesses and residential areas. This campus us accessible for both pedestrians and bikers via trail and sidewalks, and by regular transit (bus) as well. A large senior housing complex is adjacent to the campus.
Shorewood's "public campus" includes a renovated City Hall, a public works facility and a public safety facility, all located adjacent to a commercial shopping, with direct access to the city's trail system and accessible by existing regular transit service
South St. Paul City Hall, South St. Paul Public Library, and Central Square (community center) are all located within the city's downtown, adjacent to a mix of residential and commercial uses, are well accessible by the sidewalk network, and accessible by bus transit (Metro Transit routes 68 and 71).