Request for Proposals
Form-based Code Development
City of St. Louis Park
St. Louis Park, MN
Submittal Deadline: 09/27/2013
The Southwest LRT (SWLRT) project is a proposed 15-mile line in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region, connecting downtown Minneapolis to high growth areas in the southwest suburbs. The Southwest LRT line will add transit service in an area of high demand, respond to existing and planned growth, attract new transit riders and serve transit dependent populations. This line will expand the region’s transitway system that includes Hiawatha LRT (Blue Line), Northstar Commuter Rail, Central Corridor LRT (Green Line), Cedar Avenue Busway (Red Line) and other planned lines. The SWLRT project is an extension of the Green Line and is currently in the preliminary engineering phase of development. It is anticipated to open in 2018.
Southwest LRT will have three stations in St. Louis Park at: Beltline Boulevard, Wooddale Avenue and Louisiana Avenue. The City has taken numerous steps over the years to begin preparing for the LRT line. Studies such as: land use and transportation studies, design guidelines or master plans have been developed in some capacity for one or more of the three station areas in St. Louis Park. The City is currently participating in a Transitional Station Area Action Planning (TSAAP) process for each of the stations along SWLRT to be completed in December 2013. The City has also created a “Business Park” zoning district intended to allow a broader range of uses and increased density over existing industrial zoning districts in the City.
St. Louis Park is interested in a form-based code for the three station areas to catalyze transit-oriented development and create unique, vibrant places within each of the St. Louis Park SWLRT station areas. The City wants to develop a code that is easily navigable by staff and the community and produces predictable results based on a shared community vision.
This work will result in a proposed form-based code, intended to supersede the present zoning ordinance and other local land development regulations that apply to the three identified St. Louis Park SWLRT Station Areas. This code is to be consistent with the definitions and evaluation criteria established by the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI); see www.formbasedcodes.org for more details. The form-based code will apply solely to these three station areas, with a to-be agreed upon exact geographic area, and will be sensitive to the unique attributes and character of each of the three station areas. The remainder of the City will continue to be regulated by the existing zoning code and land development regulations.