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As the six-month review and comment period for surrounding jurisdictions (cities, school district, watershed districts, etc.) comes to a close Nov. 8, the Plan move into final approval.
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at its 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Edina City Hall.
The City Council will hold a public hearing at its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Edina City Hall.
You can receive email updates through the City's City Extra email notifications. Click here to sign up; choose "Comprehensive Plan" under the City Government category.
You can also follow along at https://www.bettertogetheredina.org/comp-plan-update for updates online.
A Comprehensive Plan is a vision of what a city wants to be. It is also a framework for shaping future growth and change, for protecting what a community values, for enhancing what the community wants to improve, and for creating what the community feels is lacking. It also helps clarify the relationships between the community, its neighboring municipalities, and the region.
It 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:
View the statute online
The City of Edina currently has a comprehensive plan that is used to guide City decisions. As Edina moves towards the future, the needs of the City and its citizens will change. The changes need to be reflected and addressed in the comprehensive plan to better serve the community, i.e. its currents residents and those that will come here in the future. Also, Minnesota State law requires that comprehensive plans must be reviewed and updated at least once every 10 years. The updated Edina Comprehensive Plan must be submitted to the Met Council in 2018. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
By Edina City Code, the Edina Planning Commission is responsible for preparing, reviewing, and making recommendations on the Comp Plan, including its required updates. A Planning Commission Task Force, comprised of residents who are currently on the Planning Commission, oversees the preparation of the updated Comp Plan. Several consultant firms are assisting with the technical review. The Task Force, with City staff assistance, is also conducting a series of public meetings, listening sessions, focus groups, and interviews to provide timely information on work progress, and to obtain input and feedback. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
The Plan is used to respond to development, changes in the community (such as increased traffic), and other factors that may have an impact on a community. It can also be used to guide and shape future development, working in conjunction with residents, business owners and land owners. The Plan sets forth a vision and goals, along with a chapter for implementing those goals.
The Planning Commission uses the Comp Plan as the basis for its deliberations and decisions regarding review of development applications, and for its recommendations to City Council. The City Council, other appointed Commissions, and City departments use the Comp Plan to develop programs and the Capital Improvement Plan. And, property owners and developers use it to consider potential future uses and development of property. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
The most recent Comprehensive Update is an update of the 2008 plan update, and did not require a complete re-writing of the plan.
The process established by the Edina City Council, included 180 meetings such as regular work sessions by the Planning Commission Comp Plan Task Force, large-group public meetings, smaller community meetings in specific areas of the city (such as in the areas surrounding the elementary schools), listening sessions (small meetings held in response to invitations by community organizations or neighborhood groups), intergenerational dialogue with residents and other stakeholders, as well as ample opportunity for comment on the city’s website and through other means.
For more information, please call the Planning Division at 952-826-0369.
The Met Council reviews and approves all Comprehensive Plans prepared by municipalities in the seven-county metro area, including Edina’s. The Met Council works in partnership with communities to use these Comp Plans and its regional system plans to guide public and private development in the region. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and providing essential services to the region. The Council works with local communities to provide these critical services:
The 17-member Metropolitan Council has 16 members who each represent a geographic district and one chair who serves at large. They are all appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor. The State Senate confirms Council member appointments. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
The Comprehensive Plan does not establish a population goal. The Metropolitan Council completes population forecasts for the seven-county metro area as part of their regional planning mandate in state statute. Forecasts are meant to be realistic assumptions that can be used to guide investments in infrastructure and public services. They are not goals, aspirations, or targets.
The regional forecast looks at the region’s business conditions and competitive advantages that determine economic and employment levels which, in turn, drive population growth by attracting people to the Twin Cities. Additional land use modeling looks at how populations, demographics, regional policies and available land affect real estate supply and demand.
From the Metropolitan Council’s perspective, a central function of comprehensive planning is to be able to anticipate growth and plan responsibly for it. Their direct purview relates to regional systems for parks, transportation, and water resources, as well as additional regional requirements around affordable housing. In support of this, they provide specific guidance to communities about information needed to inform development and system planning and implementation.
Metropolitan Council periodically adjusts forecasts based on new data, to ensure they are as accurate as possible. This has occurred recently with Edina and several other cities.
Forecasting growth and land use change are complex endeavors, particularly at a sub-regional level, due to the number of variables that contribute to change. As a result, it is necessary for the Metropolitan Council to at times adjust the forecasts based on new data they receive.
In addition to other data tracking, the region’s annual population and household estimate program provides insights as whether near-term forecasts are accurate. For instance, in mid-2018 the Metropolitan Council completed its 2017 estimates. These showed that some communities were growing faster than anticipated with new units, so that the 2020 forecast numbers may be too low given current trends.
The Metropolitan Council informed staff that their projection for Edina was too low as the City already hit the 2020 projection. The Metropolitan Council gave the City a 2040 population projection of 63,600 to include in our Comprehensive Plan Update. This was based on recent development in Edina and the recent Comprehensive Plan Amendments for those developments. The increase would be about 19% from our current population. Again, this projection is not a mandate, goal, aspiration or target.