What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is a course guide that defines the vision and goals for both public and private investment in long-term development and redevelopment of the community. The plan is intended to identify needs for utilities, housing, parks and open space, shape land use and transportation patterns, and conserve natural resources.

The City of Marine on St. Croix Comprehensive Plan will address the following:

  • Future land use
  • Housing needs
  • Economic opportunities
  • Our natural resources
  • Transportation
  • Parks and trails
  • Public and individual utilities

Why Update the Comprehensive Plan Now?

State law requires all municipalities in the 7-county metropolitan area update their Comprehensive Plans at least every 10 years. Local plans must align with the Metropolitan Council’s regional system plans related to highways, transit, airports, wastewater services, parks and open space. An updated plan must be submitted for Metropolitan Council review by December 31, 2018.

Whats Next?

The City Council reviewed and approved the draft Comprehensive Plan on August 9, 2018, and submitted it to affected communities for review and comment. Affected jurisdictions include adjacent cities, counties, townships, school districts, watershed districts, and some state and federal agencies. Following the 6-month review and comment period, the Comprehensive Plan was submitted to the Metropolitan Council. The Plan is scheduled for review by the
 Metropolitan Council Community Development Committee on July 1, 2019, and by the full Metropolitan Council on July
10, 2019.