Landform’s Planning & Urban Design Studio just wrapped up an effort for Chisago County to help prepare Cities in the county for future housing development. This effort resulted in the creation of the Chisago County Housing Toolkit.
As a part of this process, two separate workshops were held to get city leaders in the same room to discuss and think about the future of housing in their respective communities. In the first workshop, each city leader was given the opportunity to conduct an analysis that identified housing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in their community. In the second workshop, city leaders were asked to create objectives, goals and strategies around housing for their city. While each city has their own unique circumstances, a common theme emerged from the workshops: cities in Chisago County want to establish conditions for more diverse housing that allows for residents with diverse incomes to call cities in Chisago County home.
With that theme in mind, the Chisago County Housing Toolkit took the ideas generated from the workshop and crafted goals and recommendations that are intended to help these communities create the conditions that will allow a broader range of incomes to reside in Chisago County. The goals and recommendations span four themes that, when combined, tackle the complicated issue of housing. The four themes are planning, education and awareness, communication, and facilitation and economic development. In addition to those recommendations, the tool kit also contains valuable information on housing in the county for developers. Landform analyzed the developable land available for housing in the county and determined what the suitable density of housing would be for that land. Developers will be able to use this information to help determine possible sites for housing.
Through this toolkit and outreach with city leaders, Landform is making the connection between the private and public sectors to establish the conditions for a more diverse mix of housing in Chisago County.