2040 Comprehensive Plan

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  1. Kris Jenson

    Associate Planner
    Phone: 952-985-4424

The two-year process of preparing the City of Lakeville 2040 Comprehensive Plan is nearing completion. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Lakeville City Hall. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council for final approval of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan at the March 4 or 18, 2019 City Council meeting. Following approval by the City Council, the 2040 Comprehensive Plan will be forwarded to the Metropolitan Council for adoption, whereby the Plan will serve as the foundation for updates to the City’s Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map that will be prepared this year. The City Council, Planning Commission and City staff would like to thank all those who provided input on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan during this process.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

This plan is a community’s long-term vision that incorporates goals and strategies for future development, and in some cases redevelopment. It is a guide for how the City will grow and develop to ensure high-quality development projects and efficient public services. The Comprehensive Plan includes a wide range of issues including land use, housing, parks and natural resources, water and sewer systems, and transportation.

Why does the City update its Comprehensive Plan?

State statute requires cities in the seven county metropolitan area to adopt a Comprehensive Plan and to update it every 10 years. The Metropolitan Council reviews and approves the plan, which the City Council will adopt by the end of 2018 and will carry out through 2040.

What is the process?

The City Planning Department does a full review and evaluation of the current Comprehensive Plan, identifying specific issues, long-range goals and land uses that may need to be updated. The Planning Department facilitates input from residents, business owners, and property owners through neighborhood meetings and surveys on how Lakeville should develop over the next 20 years. Once initial comments are gathered, an update of the plan is prepared and a second round of neighborhood meetings is held. The draft plan is also reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council before it is formally presented for review by neighboring jurisdictions and governmental agencies. Following the adjacent jurisdiction review, which will take approximately six months, the plan is then formally adopted by the Planning Commission and City Council and submitted to the Metropolitan Council.