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HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Plan

Hometown Minnesota is a fifteen-year old organization whose mission is to strengthen small towns through economic development, land use, and design assistance. The Central Region Regional Sustainable Development Partnership works to build the sustainability and resilience of Minnesota’s communities, fostering collaborations between communities and the University of Minnesota to address community-identified priorities including local foods, and agriculture, natural resources, tourism and energy. These organizations are partnering on the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Plan, a collaborative effort for regional planning for the long-term, social, economic and environmental sustainability of communities in the areas of Housing, Transportation, Land Use and Economic Development. This is a first-of-its-kind HUD/EPA/DOT planning effort that integrates housing, transportation, land use, and economic development under the umbrella of sustainability. A student research assistant portrayed data in maps, charts and graphs in order to develop four sustainable planning scenarios that included an assessment of current conditions and plausible futures for five counties in Central Minnesota. The results are being used for the Central Minnesota HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Plan and will be the basis for more uniform, consistent sustainable planning in the areas of housing, transportation, land use, and economic development.

Project Award Date: 
2011-05-30
Community organization or agency: 
Hometown MN
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988