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Burnsville: A Summer of Planning

Wednesday, August 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rhea Sullivan
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What do you do if you are a city that is 98% developed, with 2500 businesses, and over 62,000 residents?  Do you sit on your laurels?  If you are Burnsville, you make plans to secure the future of your business and residential community.

Similar to most cities, Burnsville has drafted a 2040 Comp Plan.  But rather than stop with the minimum, Burnsville decided to further plan for future redevelopment.  During the summer months discussions began to draft two plans for continued growth.

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) spent the summer months in discussions on how Burnsville should plan for future redevelopment.  Guided by the consulting firm of Ehlers & Associates a plan will be crafted with goals, strategies, and timelines.  The Strategic Plan will partner with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan to provide a road map to guide future efforts in redevelopment.  The Economic Development Strategic Plan will be formally adopted at a November EDA meeting.  

The City has engaged Damon Faber, a consulting and landscape architectural firm, to conduct a planning study that will help guide future redevelopment in the County Road 42/Burnsville Center retail corridor.  The end result will be a vision plan for redevelopment which could include new mixed use opportunities, new commercial opportunities, new housing opportunities, incorporation of an Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Station, more green spaces, and trails/sidewalks for increased pedestrian use.  Damon Farber brings national experience to the table to assist Burnsville in this plan.

Burnsville ranks seventh in Minnesota for retail sales.  The 42 Retail Corridor has been a significant regional draw and the study will create a plan to continue that regional draw.  The Plan will be adopted in December.

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