The following are among the key issues addressed in the Downtown Development Plan:
- Maintain the strong urban center identity of downtown.
- Encourage a mix of uses and activities, including housing, retail, civic, financial, and
entertainment throughout the district. Encourage housing as a stronger component of the
future land use mix.
- Utilize the design review overlay district standards for new construction and exterior
remodeling to preserve the downtown image and existing historic and aesthetic resources.
- Develop and promote the economic potential of the heritage tourism trend, capitalizing on the
historic character and image of downtown.
- Build and enhance downtown’s role as a community arts and cultural center; e.g., incorporate
outdoor public art into the streetscape.
- Create public open areas for passive use, events, and activities to enhance environmental
quality and to link spaces to the Sioux River Greenway.
- Maintain a transportation system that accommodates bicycle and pedestrian travel,
encourages use of the public transit system, addresses traffic and parking needs, and
reduces rail and vehicular conflicts.
- Use public and private involvement to identify land parcels and existing buildings for
redevelopment sites and expansion of uses.
- Address other development issues including infrastructure, maintenance, and public safety.
Neighborhood & Preservation Planner