CDI can help you make and keep great neighborhoods by changing the way you approach development opportunities.

We offer a proactive, facilitated process that brings together all interested parties--governing agencies, community and business representatives, and developers. Through discussions and hands-on planning experiences, participants learn, analyze, and begin to understand market realities facing a particular development site--all before any proposal is submitted to a governing agency.

The result? Win-win-win. Development opportunities move more efficiently through the public review system. Neighborhoods have the chance to guide proposed projects to reflect their community vision, and developers reduce the amount of time between making a proposal and breaking ground.

Look at our track record. Since 2002, we’ve helped 23 communities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In every case, results show that when citizens are brought to the table sooner rather than later, communities are able to move development opportunities forward more efficiently.

Ways CDI can be used

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  • » to move from planning to implementation for key development opportunity sites
  • » as an educational forum to front end a formal planning process
  • » as strategic planning for publicly owned land or growth areas
  • » as a neutral convening process for developers looking for community input
  • » as a marketing tool for communities to recruit developers to an area
  • » to bring multiple stakeholders to the table to build consensus on development goals
  • » as training for elected and appointed officials
  • » to connect greater density and mixed use projects to transportation corridors

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How the process works

The Corridor Development Initiative engages participants over issues such as density, affordable housing, a mix of land uses, and the true cost of development, while creating a set of priorities to guide future development. A typical CDI process lasts six months and is overseen by an advisory group of city staff and elected officials, community and business leaders, and other key partners.

The advisory group is responsible for:

  • » designing and guiding a series of community workshops
  • » developing an outreach and communication strategy to recruit participation, and
  • » reviewing the materials and recommendations provided through the Corridor Development Initiative process.

Community workshops

The CDI process typically consists of a series of four community workshops that occur two to three weeks apart. These workshops allow neighborhood residents to have candid conservations about development scenarios.

Most importantly, the workshops provide an opportunity for people to explore options and alternatives within a framework of city goals, community values, and market feasibility. They create their own development scenarios and test them to see if they’re financially viable.

By the end of the process, participants collaboratively create specific development recommendations to present to community officials. CDI recommendations can also be used by community groups to recruit developers to an area.


Everyone felt positive about their work and the outcome.

A very effective land use planning process

Helps the community understand what it really wants