Land Use

Land use plays a critical role in dictating how Golden Valley will continue to evolve and sets the stage for many of the other elements of the Comprehensive Plan.

Comp Plan Conversations: Land Use

Mon, March 13
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While most of the City will remain protected and largely unchanged, key portions—especially those along busy transportation corridors—are ripe for reinvestment and redevelopment. Definition and analysis of these areas will allow the appropriate future land uses to be identified and applied to support the emergence of a dynamic town center, to find infill opportunities for a greater range of housing types, to strive for the right balance of uses to create a “complete community,” and to prepare for future light rail service.

Proposed Land Use Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Create a Complete Community

Create a community that contains a variety of residential areas, major employers, retail, service, institutional areas, and park and open space areas.


  • Provide more variety of life cycle housing options, particularly senior housing options.
  • Preserve elementary schools.
  • Preserve major employment centers.
  • Preserve open space and natural areas.
  • Upgrade the downtown area at Winnetka Ave and Hwy 55 and other neighborhood commercial areas.
  • Encourage development that serves the daily needs of Golden Valley residents.
  • Integrate means for alternative modes of transportation throughout the city.
  • Encourage an environmentally sustainable level of job and tax-based growth.
  • Retain General Mills, Tennant, Honeywell, and other major corporations.

Goal 2: Minimize Conflicts and Impacts of Change

Design a regulatory framework to minimize potential conflicts between land uses.


  • Provide open space buffers between residential areas and commercial or industrial areas.
  • Arrange land uses so there is a compatible transition between major land use types.
  • Implement multi-use districts that enable compatible uses to coexist.
  • Protect and respect traditional neighborhoods.

Goal 3: Promote High Quality Development

Promote existing and new developments that meet high construction and visual quality standards and include measures of sustainability.


  • Encourage high-quality new developments that are visually attractive and respect their surroundings.
  • Encourage visually attractive development along the city’s major freeway corridors.
  • Encourage development to meet environmental criteria set forth by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the United States Department of Energy.
  • Encourage environmentally sustainable "‘green building" practices when possible.

Goal 4: Prepare for Targeted Redevelopment

Require public and private redevelopment that is compatible with the City’s Future Land Use Map and policies.


  • Redevelop parcels that are blighted, functionally obsolete, economically unsustainable, or incompatible with adjacent uses.
  • Encourage and promote redevelopment projects that create opportunities for active living and are environmentally sustainable.
  • Enhance community identity through a recognizable town center at Valley Square.
  • Prioritize redevelopment along major commercial corridors such as I-394 and Hwy 55.

Goal 5: Protect the Environment

Set environmentally sustainable land use patterns and development practices and policies that accommodate Golden Valley’s economic and social needs.


  • Preserve and enhance wetlands.
  • Preserve and enhance water bodies.
  • Preserve and cultivate arborous environments.
  • Restore native vegetation.
  • Maintain existing natural features.
  • Reduce light in the night sky.
  • Encourage co-location of higher density uses with commercial services to reduce the amount of auto travel and corresponding air pollution.

Goal 6: Support Improved Health through Active Living

Improve the overall health and well-being of the community by incorporating development that embraces active living.


  • Abide by standards and ideals set forth in Golden Valley’s Resolution in Support of Active Living.
  • Improve sidewalks and trails to facilitate non-motorized transportation.
  • Incorporate zoning practices that allow mixed-use development, thereby promoting walking.
  • Work to allocate funds through local grants to incorporate pedestrian-oriented infrastructure in existing development.
  • Enhance community spirit and connectedness by creating active living opportunities that are neighborhood-focused.
  • Support parks and recreation activities that address actively living life.

Comp Plan
In A Box

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