2018 Draft Comprehensive Plan Update


During the Comprehensive Plan Update process, conversations on plan content and goals have been prominent. To keep everyone up to date with the most accurate information City staff continue to update this project page. Below are quick links to the information:


For questions, use the Q&A tab.



During the Comprehensive Plan Update process, conversations on plan content and goals have been prominent. To keep everyone up to date with the most accurate information City staff continue to update this project page. Below are quick links to the information:


For questions, use the Q&A tab.


  • Planning Commission Public Hearing Presentation

    4 months ago




  • Public Engagement and Input

    4 months ago
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    One hundred and forty four (144) Edina volunteers have all had a big part in creating the content of the 2018 draft comprehensive plan. To view the list of residents who were apart of this process click here.

    The planning commission has acted as the comprehensive plan task force for the last 2+ years. They worked with the City's Boards and Commissions to draft the content and the majority of the chapters included in the plan. In addition to the City's Boards and Commissions, volunteers were utilized in creating the five (5) small area plan working groups for...

    One hundred and forty four (144) Edina volunteers have all had a big part in creating the content of the 2018 draft comprehensive plan. To view the list of residents who were apart of this process click here.

    The planning commission has acted as the comprehensive plan task force for the last 2+ years. They worked with the City's Boards and Commissions to draft the content and the majority of the chapters included in the plan. In addition to the City's Boards and Commissions, volunteers were utilized in creating the five (5) small area plan working groups for the Small Area Plans that are included in the Comprehensive Plan.

    The City has had 178 public meetings total in regard to the Comprehensive Plan Update. Of those meetings 152 were public meetings, 17 were community meetings and 9 were public hearings.

    There was a 30-day public comment period from March 7th to April 8th where the Planning Commission asked for comments on the draft chapters through Better Together. During the 30-day comment period there was 1,049 AWARE Visitors, 253 INFORMED Visitors and 31 ENGAGED Visitors on the Better Together Comprehensive Plan site.

    The Planning Commission received 95 comments on the draft chapters. 53 of the 95 comments resulted in changes/improvements to the draft plan. To view the full comment report click here.






  • Where can I view the proposed Comprehensive Plan?

    4 months ago

    The Planning Commission has approved a draft version of the comprehensive plan. This plan will be forwarded to City Council on May 7, 2019.

    Electronic Version:

    A download a full version of the draft comprehensive plan click here or to view the plan by chapters click here.

    Paper Version:

    If you would like to view a paper copy of the draft plan there are copies available at the two public libraries, at the Senior Center, and in the Planning and Building Department at Edina City Hall. If you would like your own copy, you may request a copy through...

    The Planning Commission has approved a draft version of the comprehensive plan. This plan will be forwarded to City Council on May 7, 2019.

    Electronic Version:

    A download a full version of the draft comprehensive plan click here or to view the plan by chapters click here.

    Paper Version:

    If you would like to view a paper copy of the draft plan there are copies available at the two public libraries, at the Senior Center, and in the Planning and Building Department at Edina City Hall. If you would like your own copy, you may request a copy through the Planning Department who will print one for you for $35.00.

  • Population Forecasts & the Comprehensive Plan

    4 months ago

    The Comprehensive Plan does not establish a population goal. The Metropolitan Council does population forecasts for the seven-county metro area as part of their regional planning mandate in state statute.

    https://metrocouncil.org/Data-and-Maps/Data/Census,-Forecasts,-Estimates-NEW/Council-Forecasts.aspx.

    Regional forecast looks at the seven-county region’s position within the larger, national economy. The region's business conditions and competitive advantages determine economic and employment levels which, in turn, drive population growth by attracting people to the Twin Cities. Additional land use modeling locates future population, households and employment to specific communities within the region. The model looks at how demographics, regional policies, and available land affect real estate...

    The Comprehensive Plan does not establish a population goal. The Metropolitan Council does population forecasts for the seven-county metro area as part of their regional planning mandate in state statute.

    https://metrocouncil.org/Data-and-Maps/Data/Census,-Forecasts,-Estimates-NEW/Council-Forecasts.aspx.

    Regional forecast looks at the seven-county region’s position within the larger, national economy. The region's business conditions and competitive advantages determine economic and employment levels which, in turn, drive population growth by attracting people to the Twin Cities. Additional land use modeling locates future population, households and employment to specific communities within the region. The model looks at how demographics, regional policies, and available land affect real estate supply and demand.

    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.

    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. https://metrocouncil.org/Handbook/Planning-Overview.aspx

    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. https://metrocouncil.org/Data-and-Maps/Data/CouncilResearchProducts/Population-Estimates.aspx

    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.


  • I have submitted my comments on the comprehensive plan, now what?

    4 months ago

    The 30-day review period for the Draft Comprehensive Plan ended April 8, 2019. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments. The Planning Commission has reviewed and addressed each comment received through Better Together Edina. To see the report click here.

    The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to City Council on the draft Comprehensive Plan at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Edina City Hall. City Council will hold a public hearing on the draft Comprehensive Plan at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7th in the Council Chambers.


    The 30-day review period for the Draft Comprehensive Plan ended April 8, 2019. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments. The Planning Commission has reviewed and addressed each comment received through Better Together Edina. To see the report click here.

    The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to City Council on the draft Comprehensive Plan at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Edina City Hall. City Council will hold a public hearing on the draft Comprehensive Plan at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7th in the Council Chambers.


  • About the Comprehensive Plan

    4 months ago

    The Comprehensive Plan is meant to provide Edina with an outline for future development. The current Comprehensive Plan is an update to the 2008 Plan. The Metropolitan Council requires every city in the seven-county metro area to have such a plan and State law requires that it be updated every 10 years. Edina’s update builds off of Vision Edina and has included the completion of several small area plans.

    The Plan includes chapters on land use and community design; housing; transportation; parks, open space and natural resources; water resources; energy and environment; economic competitiveness and economic development; human rights and...

    The Comprehensive Plan is meant to provide Edina with an outline for future development. The current Comprehensive Plan is an update to the 2008 Plan. The Metropolitan Council requires every city in the seven-county metro area to have such a plan and State law requires that it be updated every 10 years. Edina’s update builds off of Vision Edina and has included the completion of several small area plans.

    The Plan includes chapters on land use and community design; housing; transportation; parks, open space and natural resources; water resources; energy and environment; economic competitiveness and economic development; human rights and relations; community health; heritage preservation; and arts and culture. It also includes a plan for implementation and appendixes on the small area plans.
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    The City's Planning Commission served as the Comprehensive Plan Task Force, leading the efforts to update and make a final plan recommendation to City Council, in addition to completing five small area plans, which will be included in the final plan. Visit the website(External link) for more information on the small area plans.

    The City has been working on the Comprehensive Plan update since 2017. Over the past many months, advisory commissions partnered with city staff to update, rewrite and write chapters/content for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. The plan is in draft form and ready for a public review. The 30-day public review will start March 7 and end on April 8.


  • What are we looking for?

    4 months ago

    We want your input on the draft chapters of the comprehensive plan update.

    We want your input on the draft chapters of the comprehensive plan update.