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City to host next Envision Shakopee Open House June 27

Post Date:06/13/2018 12:00 p.m.

 ­­SHAKOPEE, MINN. – After nearly a year of input, studies and listening to the community's priorities and concerns, Envision Shakopee, the city's 2040 Comprehensive Plan, is ready for public review.

Community members are invited to view a draft of the plan at an upcoming open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at the Shakopee Community Center. You will have a chance to interact with the plan's big ideas, community priorities and vision for the future, as well as share feedback on Shakopee's guiding document. There will be a brief presentation at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments and free child care will be provided.

Among the big ideas explored in the plan:

1. Create a fresh impression

As a regional entertainment destination and employment center, first impressions can set the stage for repeat visits and sustained business attraction, while also reinforcing community pride for residents. Shakopee should work with Scott County to beautify Highway 101 as a signature gateway to the community.

2. Rediscover the river

Shakopee has an incredible asset in the Minnesota River. Opportunities to enhance access to it, both visually and physically, include improving trail connections and views to the water’s edge, supporting quality riverfront development in downtown and preserving land for new parks with river frontage.

3. Enhance economic clusters

Modern competitive workplaces offer a variety of amenities that attract and retain businesses and employees alike. Enhancing these centers with open spaces, walking paths and dining options should be pursued to ensure the viability of Shakopee’s employment centers.

4. Diversify housing options

As Shakopee continues to grow, there will be an increasing need to provide a broader diversity of housing options. High quality, well-designed multifamily and attached housing types should be supported in various locations throughout Shakopee, especially in close proximity to employment centers and transit.

5. Revitalize First Avenue

First Avenue is the gateway to downtown. Aging commercial sites are under-utilized assets that can be redeveloped with a mixture of uses, filling the gaps in the city’s housing, office and retail/dining offerings, while improving the appearance and walkability of this important corridor.

6. Knit the community together

Strategic improvements to key roadway corridors, through a combination of private redevelopment efforts and public street design, will enhance proximity and connectivity for residents and employees, providing options to access shopping, dining and retail services by multiple modes of travel.

7. Connect people to nature

A robust trail system with consistent signage and wayfinding should safely and conveniently connect Shakopee’s residents to nature, both within existing parks and greenways and to future additions to the preserved landscape.

8. Foster civic life in civic spaces

Shakopee is a diverse city with a wide variety of neighborhoods. Opportunities to create more public spaces and events will broaden these connections and reinforce the quality of day-to-day life for Shakopee’s citizens.

9. Position for the new economy

Shakopee should market its existing industrial base as part of an advanced economy corridor, foster connections between Valley Green and downtown and promote the West End for the next generation of advanced manufacturing.

10. Spark the start-up culture

Shakopee can encourage business development and entrepreneurial activity by supporting the start-up business culture: co-working and maker spaces, a business incubation facility and the potential to partner with a technical or community college.

11. Support regional transit

Highway congestion has become a daily frustration. Shakopee should advocate for the extension of Bus Rapid Transit into the city through partnerships with MnDOT and the MVTA, while encouraging transit-oriented development.

12. Celebrate big fun!

The city should continue to leverage its entertainment assets by supporting partnerships and physical connections between public and private recreation and entertainment venues - enhancing Shakopee’s cachet as a place to visit in the Land of Big Fun.

The open house is intended to engage attendees in discussing these big ideas as the city and its consultants, MKSK, prepare to submit the 2040 Comprehensive Plan to adjacent and affected jurisdictions later this summer. The jurisdictions will have six months to review the city’s plan before the Planning Commission and City Council are asked to approve in early 2019. Once approved, the plan will then be submitted to the Metropolitan Council for final review and approval.

Can't attend the June 27 open house? We'll be taking the draft on the road at upcoming community events. The draft will also be available online at www.envisionshakopee.com later in June.

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CONTACT: Eric Weiss, Senior Planner – Long Range, 952-233-9347

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