Washington County’s draft 2040 comprehensive plan available for review, comment

Washington County residents have an opportunity to review and comment on the draft county 2040 comprehensive plan, which is due to the Metropolitan Council by the end of the year.
To learn more about Washington County’s draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan, see www.co.washington.mn.us and search “comprehensive plan” and find the entire draft plan, along with individual chapters. An online survey is available to provide feedback on the draft plan.
The county and the Community Development Agency (CDA) have been working since early 2017 to update the county’s comprehensive plan. The plan is designed to allow the county to accommodate the projected population growth of almost 80,000 people between 2015 and 2040, while incorporating sustainable growth and preserving the county’s natural, cultural, and historic resources.
The comprehensive plan is a guiding document that shapes how the county will grow and change over the next 20 years. The draft plan addresses land use; transportation; water resources; parks, trails, and open space; housing; economic competitiveness; and resilience and sustainability. The economic competitiveness and resilience and sustainability chapters are new to the county’s comprehensive plan.
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. Following “Thrive,” the Met Council adopted system and policy plans in the areas of transportation, water resources, parks and housing, and issued system statements to all counties, cities, and townships in the metro area. Each of these local government units must prepare a comprehensive plan and update it every ten years. The Met Council is charged with reviewing these comprehensive plans.
Before submitting a comprehensive plan to the Met Council, local governments must provide adjacent and affected jurisdictions the opportunity to review and comment on the draft plan. A mandatory six-month review period accommodates this requirement. For Washington County, that review period began March 26.

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