Southdale France Avenue Area Planning Process

What will the west side of France Avenue in the Southdale area look in the future? How will the greater Southdale area develop with our changing needs and market forces?

The City will kicked off a planning process for the greater Southdale area with a public meeting Thursday, March 26, at the Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square, to develop guiding principles for future development. Initial emphasis will be on future development on the west side of France Avenue.

The work group consists of two Planning Commissioners and four community members appointed by the City Council. Six volunteers were nominated and selected by the community at the kick-off meeting.

This meeting will initiate a process for a comprehensive review of planning policy in the Southdale area, and allow for a well-grounded and broad consideration of possible change without attention to any particular site.

At the end of the 60-day process, the work group will create guiding principles for development. The initial focus on the west side of France Avenue will help City officials make more informed decisions on properties being considered for change. Ultimately, the goal of the work group is to develop a tool that would guide a development process for the whole Southdale area, and demonstrate methods that might be used during the Comprehensive Plan update in 2018.

Edina has a history of innovative and creative projects in the Greater Southdale area, including Southdale Center, the first enclosed, climate-controlled shopping mall in the U.S., and the Centennial Lakes Park and Edinborough Park developments. These projects have since been replicated across the country and the world.

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March 26 Kick-off Meeting

April 6 Meeting

April 26 Meeting

Approved Working Principles

Meeting Schedule

Work Group meeting

Thursday, April 9

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Edina Senior Center

Work Group meeting

Monday, April 20

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Think Bank

Work Group meeting

Thursday, April 23**

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Community Room

Check-in meeting

Saturday, April 25


Senior Center

Work Group meeting

Monday, April 27

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Think Bank

Work session: City Council and Planning Commission

Tuesday, May 5

5-6 p.m.

City Hall

Work Group meeting

Not determined

Not determined

Not determined

Planning Commission

Wednesday, May 13

7-9 p.m.

Council Chambers

City Council

Tuesday, May 19

7-9 p.m.

Council Chambers

**Special Presentation by Urban Designer Mic Johnson of the Metropolitan Design Center

2004 Greater Southdale Area Study

The Greater Southdale Area Land Use and Transportation Study began in August 2004. Over the course of the study, the consulting team drew on input from a wide range of sources to understand the issues and opportunities facing the Greater Southdale Area.

The planning process included:

  • Detailed investigations into land use, transportation, market, and economic factors that will influence future development in the Area.
  • Two workshops with the Edina residents.
  • A series of workshops with Technical and Community Advisory Committees.
  • Two workshops with members of the City Council, Planning Commission and Transportation Commission.
  • “Futures” workshop.
  • One-on-one interviews with key stakeholders.

These investigations have led to the creation of a draft land use concept for the Greater Southdale Area.  

Final Report Download the final draft of the land use and transportation study report.


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