In the summer of 2013, the Macalester-Groveland Community Council (MGCC) initiated their Community Plan process. Their primary goal was to effectively engage the community & accurately reflect their interests in the plan. The leaders of the Community Council recognized that they needed to be strategic about their engagement & provide opportunities for underrepresented groups to be engaged.
Additionally, the City of Saint Paul was interested in assisting district councils understand the elements of the plan to make the review & approval process more efficient & to derive at a plan that the community can use to steward future development.
Thus, this project is a collaboration between MGCC & the City of Saint Paul to create a road map that illustrates key steps as a guide for communities to reference as they embark on their community plan process.
The information on the ‘Road Map’ & this ‘CompanionGuide’ is a result of research conducted through a literature review of community planning best practices & plan elements, focus group interviews of district council staff, individual interviews of community organizations & personal observations of MGCC leadership meetings. This Companion Guide also includes documentation of the aforementioned process & will be of particular interest to district councils & community members seeking additional information.
NOTE: These documents are tools intended to offer best practices & insights to guide the conversation between district councils & their respective communities as they develop their own unique approaches to the community plan. Users are encouraged to interpret & utilize these tools as they see fit.
Conducted on behalf of Macalester-Groveland Community Council and the City of Saint Paul Supported by the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program, a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
Road to the Community Plan.
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