My Future Cottage Grove

What will Cottage Grove’s future look like?

In 2016, a community visioning project called My Future Cottage Grove was begun.

More than 3,700 comments were received from residents!

They wrote their wishes for the community on large chalkboards placed around town. They answered #FutureFriday questions on the City’s social media sites.  They provided thoughts and ideas at community visioning sessions, both face-to-face and through Facebook Live. They gave input and comments through the online survey. They participated in focus groups at the middle school, high school, and senior center. 

In September 2017, the Cottage Grove City Council unanimously accepted the findings and recommendations of the The My Future Cottage Grove report.

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

Community Center Task Force

"Establish a Community Center task force to study residents' preferences and develop options for a community center."

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.

Food and Fun Festival

The recommendation "Launch a Food and Fun Festival to intentionally celebrate the community's diversity and next generation" is the result of input from the teens in our community.

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, or to volunteer, 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.

Program Settler's Island

"Ambitiously program Joseph La Bath Settler's Island and the adjacent (non-island) greenspace for all ages."

This group had 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

"Develop a Housing Plan that reflects what Cottage Grove is becoming."

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.

Meeting:  Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in the Training Room at Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway. Open house from 5 to 5:30 p.m.; Meeting 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  There will be an interactive session with electronic polling and different interactive mapping exercises to gain feedback on developing a strong housing plan for the community.

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.

Connection to Parks

"Improve pedestrian safety and Connect to Parks"

Where do you think there should be more city park connections?  Let us know by adding a location to this online park map: https://rebrand.ly/CottageGrove

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.

Digital Engagement Tools

"Continue to test and use Digital Engagement Tools with residents."

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.

Retail and Restaurants

"Engage residents to attract and launch Retail and Restaurants."

This group will meet to discuss what the group will focus on and how to improve the retail and restaurants in the City.

At their first meeting, Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 pm they will discuss:

  • How did we get here – Overview of My Future Cottage Grove Report
  • What is Economic Development?
  • Retail Market Trends
  • National Site Criteria Requirements
  • Moving Forward – What would you like to see (group exercise)

For more information, contact Economic Development Assistant Matt Wolf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-458-2833.