2040 Comprehensive Plan

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Carver County is one of the fastest growing counties in the State of Minnesota, and it is important to plan for the future of the County.  The update to the Carver County's Comprehensive Plan will outline countywide policies and priorities, working toward a unified vision for Carver County through 2040.  The comprehensive plan helps guide the growth of the County and advises future policy and investments in infrastructure such as transportation, parks, trails and water resources. 

Why is the County Updating Its Comprehensive Plan?

State law requires that comprehensive plans be updated at least every 10 years, and align with the Metropolitan Council’s regional system plans related to highways, transit, airports, wastewater services, parks and open space. Carver County’s last major comprehensive plan update was completed in 2010. The County is required to complete this comprehensive plan update, submit it to the Metropolitan Council for review and approval, and have the County Board adopt it by the end of 2018.

Plan Elements

The 2040 Carver County Comprehensive Plan will cover the following elements:

  • Introduction
  • County Overview
  • Land Use
    •  Benton Township Policy Chapter
    • Camden Township Policy Chapter
    • Dahlgren Township Policy Chapter
    • Hancock Township Policy Chapter
    • Hollywood Township Policy Chapter
    • Laketown Township Policy Chapter
    • San Francisco Township Policy Chapter
    • Waconia Township Policy Chapter
    • Watertown Township Policy Chapter
    • Young America Policy Chapter
  • Transportation
  • Water & Natural Resources
  • Parks, Trails and Open Space
  • Implementation
  • Appendix A: Glossary
  • Appendix B: Required Transportation Reference Items- TDM Transportation Analysis Zone Socioeconomic Data Tables & Figures
  • Appendix C: Parks and Trails Analysis
  • Appendix D: Additional Transportation Reference Items.

A complete draft of the plan will be available on this webpage for review in early May 2018.


Carver County started the process to update the Comprehensive Plan at the end of 2016. The County's 2040 Comprehensive Plan will be created over the next two years and must be completed by December 31, 2018. 

In 2018, Carver County will be creating a draft of the plan. Once the draft of the plan is completed, it will be added to this webpage for public review. The draft plan will also be reviewed by all affected jurisdictions/parties.  After the mandatory 6-month review period, final edits will be made to the draft plan prior to going to the Carver County Board for final review.

How to be Involved

Public participation is an integral part of the 2040 comprehensive planning process to ensure that the plan is representative of the community's vision and goals for the future.  Public engagement for the plan encompassed a majority of 2017 with online and in-person events.  In 2017, Carver County utilized a questionnaire, a social pin-point site, fair booths, and pop-up events to seek input on the plan update. Additional opportunities will be available to submit comments and provide input when the draft plan is created in early 2018.

On April 17, 2018 the draft Comprehensive Plan was reviewed with the Carver County Planning Commission.  To view the staff presentation from this meeting, click here.

- June 27, 2018: Public Open House at Carver County Public Works Building in Cologne.

Please 'like' the Carver County Facebook page and 'follow' Carver County on Twitter for any news and upcoming events regarding the comprehensive plan process. 

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Brett Angell
Planning and Water Management Department
Public Services Division
email      (952)361-1829


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