Compact Development in the Suburbs: Solving Infrastructure and Financing Challenges

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October 11, 2011
Rachel MacCleery

The ULI Infrastructure Initiative, in cooperation with ULI Minnesota, convened this forum in October, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN. This forum explored how U.S. metropolitan regions are approaching planning and funding infrastructure for compact development in the suburban corridors and nodes in the new economy. Issued explored included how regions can take advantage of the market lull to position for more compact growth in the future, and how jurisdictions and developers are rethinking what suburban and transit oriented development can and should look like—and how it can be funded—in a post-2008 age.

Case studies included the West End project and the Central Corridor transit line in the Twin Cities, suburban arterial retrofits in Seattle and Florida, and developments in Dublin, Ohio, Houston, and more.


Corridors of Opportunity in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities’ Corridors of Opportunity program is helping concentrate development along the region’s emerging transitways. This approach provides an important model for other metropolitan areas.

The West End Project: A 360-Degree Look

The West End project created a place out of a parking lot. This panel examined the project from three angles: development, government involvement, and design.

  • Pat Mascia, Senior Vice President, Minneapolis/St. Paul Operations, Duke Realty
  • Kevin Locke, Executive Director, St. Louis Park Housing Authority, and Director, Community Development Department, St. Louis Park
  • Kevin Teppen, Senior Landscape Architect, MFRA
  • Combined West End Project Presentation (PDF)

Retrofitting Suburban Arterials: Lessons from the Aurora Corridor Project, Shoreline, Washington, and State Road 7 in Broward County, Florida

How can traffic-heavy roads with the typical strip retail patterns be rethought and retooled to foster more mixed-use, mixed-income development? This panel shared lessons from the Aurora Corridor in Shoreline, Washington, and State Road 7 in Florida.

Infrastructure for Transformative Redevelopment

This panel the power of infrastructure—roads, parking, parks, and more—in creating new, compact communities in suburban locations. Case studies included CITYCENTRE in Houston, TX, Belmar in Colorado, and Dublin, Ohio. 

  • Jonathan Brinsden, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Midway Companies—CITYCENTRE Project, Houston, Texas (PDF)
  • Larry Dorr, Director of Finance and City Treasurer, City of Lakewood, Colorado—Belmar Development, Lakewood, Colorado (PDF)
  • Terry Foegler, Associate Vice President of Physical Planning and Real Estate, Ohio State University, and Former City Administrator, Dublin, Ohio—Bridge Street Corridor, Dublin, Ohio (PDF)

Reinvesting in the Region: An Action Plan to Make It Easier to Do Better

ULI Minnesota has developed an educational toolkit designed to help facilitate more streamlined and effective development processes. 

Funding and Financing: Municipal Bonds, Tax Increment Financing, and Value Capture

This panel shared insights into municipal infrastructure funding and finance as it relates to suburban infrastructure in markets around the country.

  • Lynnette Slater Crandall, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Ranadip Bose, SB Friedman Companies
  • Kenneth Powell, Managing Director, Public Finance, Stone & Youngberg LLC
  • Combined Finance Presentation

Additional Files

Full Agenda (PDF)

Suburban Infill – Solving Infrastructure and Financing Challenges. Urban Land. November 10, 2011.