One of the recommendations from the Implementation Plan is to work with corridor communities to include the Red Rock Corridor in the comprehensive plan updates in ways that support an increase in expected ridership in the corridor. The proposed station locations in Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park were identified during the Implementation Plan, and have not had the same level of planning completed as other stations locations along the corridor. As a result, the cities of Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park worked with Washington County throughout 2017 to develop small area plans for the proposed station areas each city. The process looked at the market demand for each area and develop transit-supportive strategies to be included in each city’s comprehensive plan.
The small area plans looked at land use, economic development, and redevelopment opportunities in the station areas to make them more transit friendly. The goal of this project was to create a plan with strategies to support improved transit service and capitalize on investments. The small area plans were completed in 2017 and adopted by the cities of St. Paul Park and Cottage Grove in early 2018.
Final Small Area Plans: