What is a Comprehensive Plan?

What is a comprehensive plan?

At least once every ten years, city councils, town boards, and county boards throughout the region update their communities' comprehensive plans. A local comprehensive plan is a guide that defines our vision and goals for both public and private investment in long-term development and redevelopment of the community. The plan is intended to identify needs for utilities, housing, parks and open spac,e shape land use and transportation patterns, and conserve natural resources. 

Why are we updating the comprehensive plan?

State law requires the Metropolitan Council to create regional plans and policies to guide growth and manage regional systems for transportation, aviation, water resources, and regional parks. The law also requires local governments to update their comprehensive plans every ten years.

The City of Waconia's Comprehensive Plan will address the following:

  • Housing needs
  • Future land use
  • Economic opportunities
  • The lakes and our other natural resources
  • Transportation
  • Parks and trails
  • Public and individual utilities