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, 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:
- 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
Why is Edina updating its Comprehensive Plan?
Who is responsible for the Comprehensive Plan Update?
How does the City use the Comprehensive Plan?
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.
The Metropolitan Council has given the city some forecasts about future growth. What if the City doesn't agree with those forecasts?
The Metropolitan Land Planning Act requires communities to review and update their local comprehensive plans at least once every 10 years. Communities then submit their plans to the Council, which determines if the local plans:
- -Conform to metropolitan system plans
- -Are consistent with other adopted plans of the Council
- -Are compatible with each other
Local governments may not implement any measures that would allow development that conflicts with the comprehensive plan reviewed by the Council. When a community a changes its comprehensive plan, the Council is required to review the amendment before it can go into effect.
With respect to growth forecasts, the Metropolitan Council included these forecasts in the 2005 System Statement for the City of Edina. System Statements explain the implications of metropolitan system plans (transportation and airports, wastewater services, and parks and open space) for each individual community in the Twin Cities metro area. Within the System Statement are the population, households, and employment forecasts for Edina; these are used by the Met Council to plan for its regional systems. The Met Council has asked that communities base their Comp Plan update work on these forecasts. However, they have advised that, given the nature of long-range forecasting, the Met Council will maintain an ongoing dialogue with communities to consider any changes in growth trends or community expectations about growth that may have an impact on regional systems.
Who/what is the Metropolitan council? How are they chosen?
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:
- -Operates the region's largest bus system
- -Collects and treats wastewater
- -Engages communities and the public in planning for future growth
- -Provides forecasts of the region's population and household growth
- -Provides affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families
- -Provides planning, acquisitions and funding for a regional system of parks and trails
- -Provides a framework for decisions and implementation for regional systems including aviation, transportation, parks and open space, water quality and water management
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.
What is the Metropolitan council's role in the Edina Comprehensive Plan?
What has been the process to prepare Edina's Comprehensive Plan Update?