Southwest LRT Transitional Station Area Action Plans (TSAAP)
In October 2012, Hennepin County with the five partner cities launched the Transitional Station Area Action Planning (TSAAP) process for the 17 proposed stations along the Southwest LRT line.
The TSAAPs are intended to bridge the gap between current conditions and future needs by recommending infrastructure investment that support anticipated development by opening day of LRT, anticipated to be 2018. The TSAAPs will maximize LRT system investments by identifyiing and prioritizing infrastructure improvements that enhance existing businesses, support a full range of housing opportunities, and encourage development.
The TSAAPs will facilitate the evolution of station areas into Transit-Oriented Developments (TOD) with a unique sense of place that relates positively to the corridor as a whole.
Open Houses, Station Area Planning
Hennepin County and its partners are hosting open houses in April and May to engage the public in planning work around proposed light rail transit (LRT) stations for the Southwest LRT Lines. Open Houses will focus on stations proposed for each of the following cities:
St. Louis Park Stations
Held on April 18 at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center – see concept maps that were presented at the open house here:
Beltline Wooddale Louisiana
Hopkins and Minnetonka Stations
Held on April 23 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts – see concept maps that were presented at the open house here:
Blake Hopkins Shady Oak Opus
- Minneapolis Stations
Held on May 2 at the Bryn Mawr Elementary School - see concept maps that were presented at the open house here:
Royalston Van White Penn 21st Street West Lake
- Eden Prairie Stations
5:00 - 7:00 PM, Monday, May 13th at Eden Prairie City Hall, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie. Event flyer
Southwest LRT Station Area Strategic Planning: Minneapolis
In 2010, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis conducted a station area strategic planning process for the Royalston, Van White, Penn, 21st Street, and West Lake Street stations along the Minneapolis portion of the proposed Southwest LRT line.
Minneapolis Station Area Strategic Planning - Memo & Public Comments
Minneapolis Station Area Strategic Planning - Final Document
Minneapolis Station Area Strategic Planning - Market Assessment
The planning process began in May, 2010 with a review of existing conditions and previous planning efforts, and a multimodal access and land use analysis, which, together with input from area residents, businesses, and community groups, forms the basis for opening day and long-range station concepts, as well as land use and implementation plans for each station area. The plans are meant to inform future rail design and land use decisions and thus have been provided to Metro Transit, who will engineer and operate the LRT project, and the City of Minneapolis, who holds land use jurisdiction.
The public input process began in late June and continued throughout the strategic planning process.
Open Houses - July 13 & 14, 2010
Station Area Information Boards Presented at July Open Houses
Open Houses - September 14 & 15, 2010
Station Area Concept Boards Presented at September Open Houses
Open Houses - November 17 & 18, 2010
Station Area Concept Boards Presented at November Open Houses
A Community Members' Working Group (CMWG) composed of members appointed by neighborhood associations, business associations, local organizations, and owners of property adjacent to stations, will be convened to 1. raise local issues as plans are formulated, and 2. act as liaisons with their representative group. The CMWG met five times; meeting topics corresponded to the planning process work being done at the time. All CMWG meetings were open to the public.
Community Members' Working Group Meeting - June 22, 2010
Purpose & Agenda
Station Area Discussion Notes
Community Members' Working Group Meeting - August 24, 2010
Royalston Station Graphics & Meeting Notes
Van White Station Graphics & Meeting Notes
Penn Station Graphics & Meeting Notes
21st Street Station Graphics & Meeting Notes
West Lake Street Station Graphics & Meeting Notes
Community Members' Working Group Meeting - October 26, 2010
All Stations Packet
Community Members' Working Group Meeting - December 14, 2010
Station Area Strategic Planning Team
The Station Area Strategic Planning work was conducted as a collaboration between Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis. The County and the City selected a consultant team led by AECOM to carry out the planning activities. AECOM and its subcontractors have extensive experience working on LRT projects, urban design, and transit oriented development.
Printable Handout on Southwest LRT Station Area Strategic Planning - Minneapolis
Southwest LRT Station Area Planning: St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie
In anticipation of the construction of passenger stations along the Southwest Transitway, the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) is funding a series of station area planning activities in partnership with the cities of Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park. Planning around the Minneapolis stations was done in 2010 and 2011; please see above.
Station area planning builds upon the past planning work of each community to analyze how LRT riders will get to the transit stations and how development patterns could change around each station. Community members and city staff will help the Hay Dobbs consulting team develop strategies and recommendations for the station area land-use plans within a half-mile radius around each of the 12 suburban stations. Read more about Station Area Planning and how the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Station Area Planning work together.
**Please note that the station area plans are only conceptual and reflect long-term ideas for development around stations. The plans are not construction blueprints or implementation plans. **
Station Area Planning Meetings
Stakeholder and public meetings were held in each of the four communities in 2008-2009 to obtain feedback and recommendations. For materials from each of these meetings, please see below:
Spring 2009 Open Houses
Hopkins - April 21, 2009
Click here for presentation boards shown at the Hopkins public meeting.
Minnetonka - May 13, 2009
Click here for presentation boards shown at the Minnetonka public meeting.
St. Louis Park - May 14, 2009
Click here for presentation boards shown at the St. Louis Park public meeting.
Eden Prairie - July 22, 2009.
Click here for presentation boards shown at the Eden Prairie public meeting. Set 1 Set 2
Summer 2009 Open Houses
Hopkins - August 11, 2009
Click here for the station area planning presentation shown at the Hopkins public meeting.
Click here for the Blake Station Handout
Click here for the Downtown Hopkins Station Handout
Click here for the Shady Oak Station Handout
Minnetonka - August 13, 2009
Click here for the station area planning presentation shown at the Minnetonka public meeting.
Click here for the Shady Oak Station Handout
Click here for the Opus Station Handout
St. Louis Park - August 18, 2009
Click here for the station area planning presentation shown at the St. Louis Park public meeting.
Click here for the Beltline Station Handout
Click here for the Wooddale Station Handout
Click here for the Louisiana Station Handout
Eden Prairie - August 19, 2009.
Click here for the station area planning presentation shown at the Eden Prairie public meeting.
Click here for the City West Station Handout
Click here for the Golden Triangle Station Handout
Click here for the Eden Prairie Town Center Station Handout
Click here for the Southwest Station Handout
Click here for the Mitchell Station Handout
Please visit your city’s website for more information about station area planning in your community.