What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is a long-range planning document intended to identify a community’s vision, goals, and policies to guide future development and public investment. Simply put, a comprehensive plan describes the hopes, dreams and aspirations a community holds for itself. Through public input, a comprehensive plan identifies infrastructure needs, promotes the preservation of natural resources, and guides land use and transportation patterns.
The comprehensive plan will address:
- Land use
- Growth management
- Natural resources
- Parks and trails
- Economic development
Why Update the Comprehensive Plan?
Minnesota Statutes, Section 462.351 describes legislative goals for city and township planning:
- Prepare for anticipated change.
- Guide future development of land.
- Ensure a safer, more pleasant and economical environment.
- Preserve agricultural and other open lands. Save money in both private and public expenditures.
- Enable other public and private agencies to plan their activities in harmony with the plan.
- Assist in developing lands more wisely to serve citizens more effectively.
But a comprehensive plan is more than just a document. It is an opportunity to engage the public in local decisions and to allow people with different perspectives to articulate the sort of community they would like to live in and leave behind.
A comprehensive plan creates a framework to make sound decisions that positively affect the City of Rice Lake and provide guidance for the community to reach its’ long-term goals.
The City will soon be distributing a comprehensive plan survey. Check back here for additional opportunities to participate in the planning process.