Comprehensive Plan

Washington County, Today and Tomorrow


The Comprehensive Plan is an official document adopted by the County Board as a policy guide to decisions about the physical development of the county. The plan sets broad policies to direct the county’s future growth and development in the areas of land use, transportation, water resources, parks and trails, housing, economic competitiveness, and resilience and sustainability.

2040 Comprehensive Plan

The planning process is underway. The county is working with a consultant to gather input from residents, which will involve a combination of in-person and online opportunities to provide input over the next year. Input will be gathered at the listed community events, as well as via open house meetings and other opportunities later in the year.

  • June 20, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Kids Night at Arts in the Park – Lakeside Memorial Park – 95 East Broadway Avenue, Forest Lake
  • June 24, 2017 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Oakdale Summerfest – Walton Park – 15th Street and Hadley Avenue, Oakdale
Residents may provide their thoughts using this "wiki map" that allows input on what county residents value today and what concerns they may have about the future. The "wiki map will be available through June 30. More online opportunities will be made available later in the year.

Information about the planning process – including a schedule of stakeholder engagement opportunities and drafts of plan chapters – will be made available here.

Metropolitan Council Requirements 

Minnesota law requires local governments to develop a comprehensive plan, fiscal devices and official controls that conform to the Metropolitan Policy Plans. The Metropolitan Council is charged with the responsibility to develop policy plans for water resource management, park and open space, transportation and transit, and aviation.

The majority of plan development activities will occur in 2017. A six-month review period will precede a public hearing on the plan, both of which will occur in 2018. The updated comprehensive plan is due to the Metropolitan Council by Dec. 31, 2018. 

 Elements  
 Introduction  Housing
 Land Use  Economic  Competitiveness
 Transportation  Resilience and  Sustainability
 Water Resources  Implementation
 Parks, Trails, and Open  Space  

2030 Comprehensive Plan