Thank you! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Design Studio. Your input was extremely helpful and, so far, we sense that we're finding agreement for the preliminary concepts.
What's next? During August and September, the design team will refine the preliminary concepts. The team will then share the refined concepts with the Detroit Lakes Development Authority for review. The intent is to vet the concepts for errors and omissions before hosting a public Open House, which will likely occur in October. We hope that you will be able to attend and provide additional feedback! Stay tuned for the meeting announcement.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Kick-Off Meeting on July 10th for the West Lake Drive Study. Over the next few weeks, we will be summarizing the input to date. Meanwhile, please complete the survey. We want to hear from you! The design team will return on August 1st and 2nd to explore ideas for the future. Stay tuned for updates.
We want to thank all of the participants of the focus groups who discussed topics surrounding Detroit Lakes. We look forward to more great conversations about the future of Detroit Lakes.
Detroit Lakes values its Business Corridors as integral to the economic success of the community. In 2008, the City of Detroit Lakes undertook a Business Corridor Study in response to a major realignment of US Highway 10 through the City’s downtown. To capitalize on the opportunities it generated, the study provided a vision for future development to guide public and private decisions regarding corridor redevelopment. Since the study’s adoption, significant progress has been made towards implementation. To build on these efforts and ensure that the information remains current, the City is updating the plan with the help of RDG Planning & Design, focused on West Lake Drive and the neighborhoods around it.
WHAT IS A BUSINESS CORRIDOR PLAN?
A Business Corridor Plan describes a desired vision for the future of a specified study area (in this case, West Lake Drive) and provides recommendations to achieve that future. Doing so establishes a framework to ensure incremental policies and decisions help achieve those aspirations over time. More than a snapshot in time, the plan will be a living document, used and updated by decision-makers, property owners, businesses, and residents. The Plan will also coordinate the area’s priorities with general community goals.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
To ensure that the plan represents the vision of those who live, work, and play in the area, we encourage you to share your opinions and join in the public participation process, consisting of a community questionnaire and numerous interviews, workshops, and public meetings. This input will be joined with the analysis of existing conditions to develop a framework for the continued transformation of downtown. Learn how to participate or contact us directly by visiting the "get involved" tab. You can also learn more about the process by exploring the project website which will remain current throughout the process.