Alternative Urban Areawide Review
The City of Burnsville recently completed the Center Village Redevelopment Vision in 2019, which was a study to identify redevelopment opportunities and create a plan for the Burnsville Center Village Area. Following the completion Redevelopment Vision, the City conducted a traffic study in 2020 to understand the transportation improvements needed to support the redevelopment of the Burnsville Center area. This study included analysis on the most congested corridor in the area, County Road 42. As a next step, the City is now preparing an Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) to understand the environmental implications of a future redevelopment of the Burnsville Center area. This step creates the opportunity to anticipate and manage impacts before projects are built and any future development proposals that are in full conformance with the AUAR and mitigation plan will not need to conduct their own environmental reviews.
The AUAR study area encompasses 426 acres, including 77 existing tax parcels located north and south of County Road 42 between County Road 5 and I-35W. The development scenario to be evaluated in the AUAR is described in Table 1 and is based on the proposed land uses from the 2019 Center Village Redevelopment Vision Plan.
Read the full Burnsville Center Village Area AUAR, final plan review, July 2021 - (PDF, 178 pages, may take time to load)
Table 1: AUAR Development Scenario
Residential apartment units
Commercial (square feet)
Non-commercial: office, medical, institutional (square feet)
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What is an AUAR?
An Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) is a planning tool that local governments can use to understand how one or several development scenarios will affect the environment of the community. The State of Minnesota requires environmental reviews on proposed developments of a certain size and scale. The City of Burnsville is the responsible governmental unit (RGU) for the Burnsville Center Village Area AUAR process.
An AUAR analyzes potential issues in these areas:
More information about the AUAR process can be found on the EQB webpage.
- The City's first step is to prepare the AUAR Order to identify the development scenario to be analyzed. The AUAR Order will be submitted to and considered by the Burnsville City Council this spring.
- After the Order has been adopted, the City will develop a draft AUAR and mitigation plan to distribute for public comment, anticipated in early summer 2021, and will be available for public review and comment for 30 days.
- Once the AUAR analysis is complete and the proposed mitigation strategies are identified, the Burnsville City Council will make a determination on the adequacy of the study following the public comment period.
- Once adopted, the City will work with cooperating agencies to ensure that future development conforms to the AUAR and mitigation plan to minimize the environmental impacts.
- Any future development (including roads, stormwater management, utilities, etc.) that are in full conformance with the AUAR and mitigation plan should not need to conduct their own environmental reviews, unless specifically mandated by EQB rules. If they are not in conformance with the AUAR, a separate environmental review must be conducted, or in some cases, the AUAR may be revised. This will occur as each building or project within the development is brought forward for review.
- The AUAR will be updated by the City every five years.