Planning Themes and Priority Projects

The South Division Corridor Planning team has sought to improve the neighborhood through efforts aimed at revitalizing, improving and investing in the community. The Plan is an “Area Specific Plan” incorporated as part of the City’s Master Plan and is based on 6 major principles. There were priority projects formulated by the working groups for each principle, except meaningful engagement which is being carried out over the course of this process. Find all of the priority projects in the sidebar below this page.

Meaningful Engagement means engaging members of the community in a way that leads to tangible results. Meaningful Engagement involves both the process of creating the Plan, as well as identifying how the Plan will be carried forward to ensure a local voice in future development and change.

The Planning process valued local community participation and leadership in decision-making to reflect a diversity of voices, including targeted strategies to engage historically marginalized communities. The process is intended to build cultural competence and responsiveness among all stakeholders, while structuring planning activities to be clear, accessible and engaging.

Build and Preserve Community Identity means the Plan takes steps to ensure that the community does not lose its core characteristics after implementation. Strategies are intended to help maintain South Division’s status as a tight-knit, well-connected, cultural destination for generations to come. This has been done through ensuring a full understanding of the local context, including respect for local community character, cultural diversity, and values. The Plan seeks to preserve and strengthen intact neighborhoods, while building upon their local assets and resources.

Development without Displacement means ensuring that any future growth the South Division Corridor experiences will not lead to current residents being “priced out”, or otherwise displaced from the community. This will be done with the overall goal of creating stable and resilient neighborhoods and maintaining healthy, safe and affordable housing for all income levels in the neighborhood. Strategies area also focused on the need to ensure that viable small businesses that serve community needs remain in place. The Plan also identifies around how new development and investments in the built environment are accessible and welcoming to people regardless of age, physical condition, or language.

Economic Opportunity was a major consideration over the course of the planning process. Opportunities for residents to obtain jobs and financial resources are crucial to the success of the South Division Corridor. The Plan seeks to improve the local business environment and advance economic opportunity while closing racial disparities in business and individual success. The Plan promotes local economic development and entrepreneur opportunities while enhancing community-serving establishments, and improving access to quality living wage jobs.

Health, Environment and Quality of Life is of paramount importance to the South Division Corridor Plan. Access to green space, clean air and various types of recreation will allow community members to lead active and fulfilling lives. The Plan seeks to strengthen the health and well-being of residents through the expansion of quality health care services, connection to a resilient environment, and incorporating a community-based approach to safety and security.Transportation is integral to the Plan with the recognition that improving connectivity to surrounding communities is a crucial element of economic prosperity. The Silver Line is a point of focus in the South Division Corridor Plan and a special emphasis is placed on the potential for transit-oriented development while promoting broader mobility and connectivity, including bicycling, walking and driving. The Plan prioritizes an effective and affordable public transportation network that supports transit-dependent communities and provides equitable access to core services and amenities, including employment, education, and health and social services.