What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is a vision of what a city wants to be. It is also a framework for shaping future growth and change, protecting what a community values, enhancing what the community wants to improve, and creating what the community feels is lacking. It also helps clarify the relationships between the community, its neighboring municipalities and the region.

A Comprehensive Plan contains information about current conditions, trends, and goals and policies for land use, community design, housing, transportation, parks, recreation, and natural resources, water resources, heritage preservation, and community services and facilities.

In Minnesota, authority for land-use planning and regulation is vested primarily in local governments (townships, cities and counties). The Metropolitan Land Planning Act, a State law first passed in 1976 and amended several times since, requires local governments in the seven-county Twin Cities area to develop local comprehensive plans. The plans must contain a number of elements, among them:

  • Maps and data showing current and future land use
  • A plan for staging development (for communities that intend to expand the area in which they provide urban services)
  • A housing plan
  • A surface water management plan
  • Plans for public facilities, like transportation, sewers and parks
  • Other elements

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1. What is a Comprehensive Plan?
2. What are the chapters of the Comprehensive Plan?
3. Why did Edina update its Comprehensive Plan?
4. Who leads the process to update the Comprehensive Plan?
5. How does the City use the Comprehensive Plan?
6. How many meetings did the City have to update the Comprehensive Plan?
7. What is the Metropolitan Council’s role in the Edina Comprehensive Plan?
8. What is the Metropolitan Council? How are members chosen?
9. The Metropolitan Council has given the City some forecasts about future growth. What if the City doesn’t agree with those forecasts?
10. What changed from the 2008 Comprehensive Plan?
11. Which consultants worked on the 2018 Comprehensive Plan and what were their roles?
12. What is a small area plan?
13. Did other jurisdictions have any comments on the proposed Comprehensive Plan?
14. Can the Comprehensive Plan be amended? If so, how?
15. When will work begin on the 2028 Comp Plan?