Co-STAR Award

Peter Crandall and Lacy Shelby
Long Range Planning, Community Planning and Economic Development Department

Director of Long Range Planning Kjersti Monson nominated the team for contributing to the city’s livability, sustainability, climate-action goals and economic competitiveness.

“Urban Design is a new core function of Long Range Planning, and this team has developed a new set of tools and deliverables to serve the City, including:

  A public realm framework: a new policy plan focused on public realm enhancement (e.g. Downtown Public Realm Framework, winner of the
                2025 Leadership Award for Greening).

  Regulatory visualization: a new service used to depict regulations with graphics (e.g. accessory dwelling unit policy).

  Urban design assessment: a report focused on a specific geography that identifies placemaking opportunities ranging from connectivity to
                preservation to development priorities. (e.g. East 38th Street, which has led to strong engagement by the community around placemaking).

  Design services: design of the public environment (e.g. East Lake/Midtown Greenway placemaking project in partnership with Hennepin
               County).

“None of these products existed previously. The work has generated strong collaborative relationships across business lines and across departments. It has infused the City and our constituents with new energy around placemaking, livability and green infrastructure.

“The urban design team has contributed to planning in new and valuable ways by creating strong visual communication and contributing design skills. Their work has been well received by many in the past year and has added substantial value.

“The members of the Urban Design team are innovative, committed public servants whose work reflects the City's values.”

Published Feb 23, 2016

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