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Community input needed on comprehensive plan update

Members of the public are invited to attend one of three community meetings scheduled for the purpose of obtaining input regarding the city’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. A comprehensive plan is a city’s chief land use and infrastructure planning document. Woodbury’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan will serve as a blueprint to guide development through the year 2040. Some of the areas for comment might include future land uses, parks and open spaces, future housing options or transportation and transit issues.

Woodbury has been working on the creation of its 2040 Comprehensive Plan since November 2015. In 2016, the City Council appointed a group of residents to serve on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan Task Force. The task force’s recommendations will eventually be reviewed by the Planning Commission. Affected property owners, community stakeholders, neighboring communities and the Metropolitan Council also will review the recommendations prior to final adoption by the City Council. The city’s goal is to submit the proposed changes to the Metropolitan Council by the end of this year.

The City Council provided direction that the 2040 Comprehensive Plan be an update to the existing 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which the city adopted in 2010. Therefore, significant changes to the vision or guiding principles of the document are not expected with this update.

At the 2017 Woodbury Community Expo, staff presented to the public a draft 2040 land use map that identifies which parcels in the community are guided for certain future uses. This map can be viewed on the city’s website (woodburymn.gov) along with the draft Vision and Guiding Principles chapter.

Questions about the upcoming meetings or the comprehensive plan update process should be directed to the Karl Batalden, the city’s housing and economic development coordinator, at karl.batalden@woodburymn. gov or (651) 414-3438.

Comprehensive plan community input meetings:
 Monday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13, 9 a.m.
Tuesday, March 13, 1:30 p.m.

All three meetings will take place in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road.