We believe a community’s
future is comprised of the physical, social, environmental and economic
values its citizens embrace. The work of the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) involves translating
these values into sustainable design ideas the community can implement.
MDT community-based planning principles include:
1. Recognizing people are a community’s best resource for visioning and investing in the future.
2. Approaching planning and design problems with an
interdisciplinary team is necessary to achieve balanced planning and
physical design solutions.
3. Understanding a community’s unique sense of place is developed
through respect for the local environmental, physical, social, and
4. Promoting physical design as an integral component of a
community’s quality of life offers the most effective use of the Design
Team’s planning and design skills.
5. Encouraging redevelopment in areas where urban infrastructure
exists, or new development in areas where infrastructure capacity
exists, ensures that a community’s land and utility resources will be
6. Promoting compact development patterns assures that a community uses its land, transportation and civic resources wisely.
7. Encouraging development of public realm amenities that will
attract private sector construction is an effective economic
development strategy for improving community quality of life.
8. Promoting a range of housing types assures that citizens of
differing incomes, lifestyles and preferences have a range of housing
choices within the community.
9. Promoting a range of commercial building types assures a range of building and employment choices within the community.
10. Encouraging community stakeholders to collaborate with one
another will assure that community improvements are directed
11. Using graphics and visual references allows the Design Team to communicate ideas quickly and effectively.