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.

Metropolitan Council Requirements

Minnesota statutes requires local governmental units 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.

2040 Comprehensive Plan 

As of spring 2017, the planning process is just getting underway. The county is working with a consultant to develop a stakeholder engagement plan, which will involve a combination of in-person and online opportunities to provide input over the next year. Input will be sought at community events held throughout the county this spring, as well as via open house meetings 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.

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.

 Introduction  Housing
 Land Use  Economic Competiveness
 Transportation  Resilience and Sustainability
 Water Resources  Implementation
 Parks, Trails, and Open Spaces  

For more information on the development of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, please contact Colin Kelly, AICP at 651-430-6011 or

2030 Comprehensive Plan

Those seeking further information may contact the Office of Administration at 651-430-6001.