The City of Cottage Grove anticipates increased development in the 2,800-acre East Ravine area upon completion of a sewer interceptor in 2003. In anticipation of this event, the City hired HKGi to lead the land use planning and GIS analysis for the creation of alternative land use concepts for the area, which occupies the eastern edge of Cottage Grove. The concepts demonstrate the general pattern and organization of land uses and illustrate ways in which various land uses may be better connected to the natural environment and the greater Cottage Grove community. Alternative concepts focused on various applications of storm water management (with input from SWCWD) including an engineered approach (piping rainwater runoff underground) vs. controlling the flow in a series of overland swales, wetlands and ponding areas. Because of the presence of several distinguishing natural features, as well as the community's desire to maintain an adequate supply of open space, the land use plan also emphasizes potential parks, open space corridors and trail connections organized around various topographical features in the East Ravine.