Washington County’s Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan survey open until Sept. 30
Washington County residents are asked to provide input on the county’s draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan update on a survey that is open until the end of September.
The full draft plan, individual chapters, brief informational videos, and an online survey are all available on the county’s website, with the online survey open through Sept. 30.
The comprehensive plan is a guiding document that shapes how the county will grow and change over the next 20 years. The document addresses the topics of land use; transportation; water resources; parks, trails, and open space; housing; economic competitiveness; and resilience and sustainability. For each topic, the plan identifies issues, sets goals, establishes policies to achieve the goals, and identifies strategies need to implement the policies.
Public engagement is key to the success of the long-range planning effort. The draft plan incorporates public input on what residents value and appreciate about the county, as well as their thoughts on how and where county services could be improved. Additional stakeholder and public input will be incorporated into the draft plan as a result of the ongoing review.
In the spring of 2018, the draft comprehensive plan was shared with local jurisdictions for a six-month review period. At the same time, the draft plan was made available for public review and comment via the Washington County website. The six-month review period draws to a close Sept. 30, and the online survey will close at the same time.
Prior to submitting the comprehensive plan update to the Metropolitan Council, a public hearing will be conducted in the Washington County Government Center, likely in November. Plans must be submitted to the Metropolitan Council by the end of the year.
To view the draft plan and informational videos, and to take the online survey, see www.co.washington.mn.us and search “comprehensive plan.”