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Design Guidelines and Standards

The City of Lake Elmo is currently preparing for a significant amount of growth and development in two areas of the city: the I-94 Corridor and Old Village. To ensure that growth is carried out in a manner reflective of the goals and principles of Lake Elmo, measures are being taken to ensure development outcomes of a high quality.  Included in these measures is the creation of design standards, establishing requirements and guidelines related to site design and building form. The purpose of these standards is to incorporate the following principles in residential and commercial development outcomes in the I-94 Corridor and Old Village:

  1. To ensure high quality site design and building materials, supporting both function and form
  2. To provide open space in future areas of growth, building off of Lake Elmo’s existing character and environment
  3. To accommodate automobile traffic in a manner that respects the pedestrian environment
  4. To utilize natural and ecological systems in public and private development, particularly in the realm of storm water management
  5. To encourage site design that is mindful and conscientious of the existing landscape and topography
  6. To foster connections between the new and existing areas of Lake Elmo through consistent standards and theming, resulting in an identity that is unique to this community


Landscaping and Irrigation Standards

Landscaping and Irrigation Cost Assumption - Letter of Credit

Building and Site Design Guidelines and Standards Manual 2022

Village Parkway Design Standards

Engineering Design Standards