To implement the vision and development intent of the Downtown Action Plan, the City and DDRB began by strengthening the current design guidelines for downtown. This work led to a new design standards manual to lay out a framework for when development proposals come forward.
Special standards for downtown focus on form and function over land use type, also known as form-based standards. Below are the draft standards and draft ordinance update for future public input discussions.
City staff and the Downtown Development Association are partnering to host a series of input sessions regarding the design standards proposed changes. Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are unable to host an in-person public input meeting. As an alternative, we are hosting 45-minute sessions via Zoom (video conferencing) in the afternoon on September 23rd. These are targeted at Developers, Business Owners, and Property Owners.
September 23rd Public Input Sessions (Click the links below to register for the session you wish. Registration for the sessions is required. If wishing to attend all sessions, separate registration is required for each session.)
3:30pm: Business Owners within the B-4 Zoning District
4:30pm: Property Owners within the B-4 Zoning District
Please email Andrea Edwardson at email@example.com if you have any questions.
The Downtown Action Plan Steering Committee and City of Grand Forks is pleased to share a final draft of the Downtown Action Plan. After months of community engagement and design refinement, you can now download your own copy of the draft plan.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Open House on May 1st! If you missed the event, here’s your opportunity to view the displays from the event. View the images above or DOWNLOAD a PDF. We need your feedback.
Please contact Andy Conlon at City Hall to share your thoughts.
PUBLIC INPUT OPPORTUNITY
Thursday, March 21, 2019
4 pm to 7 pm
Formal presentations at 4:30 and 6:00
Empire Arts Center
415 DeMers Avenue
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Save the date for Open House - May 1st.
The Steering Committee for the Downtown Action Plan is pleased to share progress of their efforts. On February 19th, the committee met to review emerging concepts, suggest additional refinements to the concepts, and talk about priorities. The process of the plan continues to work towards the Open House Event, which is tentatively scheduled for May 1st.
While the City and consultant continue to refine concepts before the Open House, we are providing a sneak peek of Town Square. The work is incomplete and several changes need to occur.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the design studio event! Over the next couple of months our team will be refining your ideas with the steering committee. We look forward to sharing progress with you in the Spring! Below is short video showcasing our Design Studio.
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Join the discussion about the Town Square!
The Steering Committee for the Downtown Action Plan met via video conference in July to discuss the emerging results for the Demers Avenue Streetscape Concept. They met again in August to provide more input and feedback on the refined concepts. Special thanks to the steering committee for their commitment and enthusiasm in the 8 weeks to get to the point where we are today, and to over 700 people who completed the visual listening survey. Concepts will continue to be refined and available for all in October.
Thank you to all of the participants who attended our focus group sessions!
We heard from nearly 100 people who shared their ideas for making downtown an even better destination. Participants included young professionals, restaurant and bar operators, retailers, leasing agents, building owners, developers, people in finance, UND representatives, major employers, various city staff departments, parks, artisans, historians, non-profit groups, event organizers, residents, and more. The turnout was impressive, which reflects people’s passion and interest in the future of downtown.
We’re still at the beginning of the process. The conversation continues on Tuesday, October 9th at City Hall. We hope you join us.