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Planning Commission Work Session
Meeting Date: 02/15/2018  
Subject:    Coon Rapids 2040 Plan Update--Transportation
From: Scott Harlicker, Planner

Staff will provide an update on the Transportation Chapter of the Coon Rapids 2040 Plan.

Various City staff have been working on the Coon Rapids 2040 Plan over the last year or so. Every 10 years cities in the Metropolitan Area are required under Minnesota law to update their long-range comprehensive plans. Each community’s plan includes elements that are tied to the Met Council’s long-range system plan known as Thrive MSP 2040. The current Comprehensive Plan for Coon Rapids plan was adopted in 2008 (online at and must be updated by the end of 2018. In December, Staff presented on four draft chapters--Introduction, Land Use, Housing, and Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area--to the Commission. In January, Staff presented an update on  three additional chapters--Water Resources, Parks and Open Space, and Economic Competitiveness. At Thursday's work session, Staff will provide an update on the Transportation chapter.

This chapter addresses such topics as existing system conditions, traffic analysis zones (used for forecasting traffic demand) and goals and policies in a number of different transportation sectors (i.e. highways, streets, transit, bicycles, pedestrians, etc.).  Many of the goals and policies of the current Comp Plan are still relevant and will be incorporated into the 2040 Comp Plan.  However, there are some new elements in the plan related to sustainability and resilience which reflect the input of the City’s Sustainability Commission.  Among the recommended goals are things like adoption of a Complete Streets policy; incorporating energy-efficient LED street lighting and traffic signals; infrastructure needs for autonomous vehicles; and charging stations for electric vehicles.
Staff requests feedback from the Planning Commission on the Transportation chapter of the Coon Rapids 2040 Plan.

Draft Transportation Chapter

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