My Future Cottage Grove

Project Background

Read the full report: My Future Cottage Grove Report (PDF). The My Future Cottage Grove Report was presented to City Council at their Sept. 20 meeting.

Read the 7 recommendations: The Seven My Future Cottage Grove Recommendations (PDF)  

Check out the video of the Launch Party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FDtCyednDo

Establish a Community Center Task Force

The Community Center Task Force is comprised of 18 members and they had their first meeting on Jan. 8. The next meeting is Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Zac Dockter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-458-2847.

Launch a Food and Fun Festival

The Food and Fun Festival Committee had its first meeting on Jan. 9 and they are considering several different options for ways to celebrate diversity in the community. For more information, contact Management Assistant Becky Ahlvin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-458-2814.

Ambitiously Program Settler's Island

This group will have their kick off on Feb. 12 with the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission. These two groups will work together on this initiative. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Zac Dockter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-458-2847.

Develop a Housing Plan

This group will meet on Jan. 22 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at City Hall, along with the Planning Commission and the Comp Plan Steering Committee. All three groups will work together to review the housing element of the draft comprehensive plan. Discussion and input will revolve around the City’s goals for housing; the housing mix for higher density development; and the growing need for housing alternatives for seniors, life-cycle housing that provides smaller homes, general housing stock options, and rental units. This will be an opportunity to see what land has been guided for these different housing types, what developers are looking for when bringing these products to the marketplace, and what we can do as a city to position for growth in housing. For more information, contact Community Development Director/City Engineer Jennifer Levitt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-458-2890.

Jan. 22 Meeting Documents:

Improve Pedestrian Safety and Connection to Parks

A focus group will be set in early 2018 to discuss pedestrian safety and park connections. For more information, contact Community Development Director/City Engineer Jennifer Levitt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-458-2890.

Test and Use Digital Engagement Tools

The City will work with the volunteers for this initiative to test new digital engagement tools. For more information, contact Communications Coordinator Sharon Madsen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-458-2882.

Engage Residents to Attract and Launch Retail and Restaurants

The City will be setting up a meeting in January for this group to meet to discuss what the group will focus on and how to improve the retail and restaurants in the City. For more information, contact Economic Development Assitant Matt Wolf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-458-2833.