Dakota County Greenway Guidebook

Dakota County, MN

Dakota County is the third largest county in the Twin Cities Metro Area and the fastest growing county in the state. Planning for the protection, connection, and management of green infrastructure is essential for protecting natural systems and the quality of life in Dakota County.

Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. worked with Dakota County to produce the Greenway Collaborative Guidebook. The Guidebook outlines a ground -breaking approach to building a county wide greenway network where greenways are treated as infrastructure that has multiple functions including non-motorized transportation, recreation, habitat, and water quality.

Greenway implementation is organized around key activities including funding and governance, land protection and stewardship, design and operations and maintenance. Implementation is a collaborative process where Dakota County, cities, and other partners collaborate to more efficiently and effectively deliver better greenways. Since the guidebook was adopted in 2010, the framework has proven to be very effective. In that time Dakota County has worked with cities and other agencies to produce master plans for 4 individual greenway corridors as well as work in cooperation across agencies to secure land and funding for the County-wide greenway network.