Policies & Plans

Complete Streets Policy

New Hope's Complete Streets Policy promotes streets that are designed and maintained to be safe and accessible to all users of all ages and abilities including pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists and drivers. The New Hope policy is based on recommendations from the National Complete Streets Coalition. Through implementation of the Complete Streets Policy, the city strives to create a transportation network that successfully accommodates all modes of transportation and users with a wide variety of needs. Complete Streets does not necessarily mean that all modes of transportation will have access to all roads, but that there will be an interconnected transportation system that treats all modes of transportation equitably. As the city considers projects including new construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation, a review of Complete Streets opportunities comes early in the planning process. It is not always possible to incorporate Complete Streets components into every project due to topographical, cost and a variety of other constraints. When it is possible to incorporate Complete Streets improvements into a project, they may take form as sidewalks, bike lanes, median islands, bump outs, directional signage and trees.

Comprehensive Plan

All cities, counties, and townships within the seven-county metropolitan region must prepare a Comprehensive Plan and update the plan as needed every 10 years. New Hope’s 2008 Comprehensive Plan update provided the city and its constituents with an opportunity to determine how best to accommodate projected growth and change. The Comprehensive Plan Committee advised the City Council on planning for infill and redevelopment, preserving and maintaining existing infrastructure, setting transportation goals, planning for the preservation of natural resources, and setting policies and goals to guide the community into the future.

Design Guidelines

The New Hope Design Guidelines serve three primary functions:

  1. To guide developers or property owners proposing expansions, renovations, or new construction of buildings
    or parking in commercial, industrial, and multifamily residential areas.
  2. To facilitate dialog between the city and developers/property owners to achieve creative design solutions.
  3. To assist city officials, commissioners, and staff in reviewing development proposals.

The guidelines, by definition, are a set of recommended design goals for new and existing buildings and sites. The guidelines set forth the general desired character for commercial, industrial, and multifamily residential properties, suggesting overall character without dictating specific design requirements.

Safe Routes to School
In 2017, the city partnered with MnDOT and Alta Planning + Design to develop Safe Routes to School (SRTS) plans for the three elementary schools in New Hope. The SRTS plans include an assessment of existing infrastructure and non-infrastructure barriers and opportunities for each participating school site. Planning is completed in close coordination with school-based teams to support a clear path to implementation. For each school, detailed action plans for specific short- and long-term infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects that support the overall vision of enabling more students to access their schools and communities on foot or bicycle were developed.