Jump to main navigation. Jump to main content

The CURA publications library is currently being digitized by the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy. When the project is complete, the entire CURA publications library will be online and fully searchable. Unfortunately, during this process we are not able to honor individual requests for publications . Additionally, we no longer have physical copies of publications to send out.

New publications are digitized daily and the publications catalog on the CURA website is not automatically updated with links to scanned copies, so please search the CURA collection at the Digital Conservancy for the publications you are looking for:

Road to the Community Plan.

Tran, Andrew.

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.

Publication date: 
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.
23 pp.
Online availability
Download from CURA: 
CURA call number: