Washington County seeks your help in writing its 2040 comprehensive plan
Washington County is updating its comprehensive plan and invites residents to share their thoughts on the county’s best characteristics and their concerns about its future through an online “wiki map” tool. The interactive online tool allows residents to provide comment on what they appreciate about Washington County, and what they want to see in its future.
The Comprehensive Plan is an official document adopted by the Washington County Board of Commissioners 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.
The comprehensive planning process was initiated by the decennial census and the Metropolitan Council’s adoption of “Thrive MSP 2040,” a vision for the Twin Cities metro area over the next 30 years. The Met Council adopted regional policy plans in the areas of transportation, water resources, parks and housing, and issued system statements. The next step is for local governments to update their comprehensive plans to build upon the regional vision and plans.
Washington County’s planning process is just getting underway. The county is working with a consultant to manage the planning process, produce a final plan that meets the requirements of the Met Council, and engage stakeholders in the process. Information about the planning process is available on the county’s website.
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.