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.
The 2040 Carver County Comprehensive Plan will cover the following elements:
- Land Use
- Water & Natural Resources
- Parks, Trails and Open Space
The Land Use section of the Carver County Comprehensive Plan includes policy chapters for each individual Township located within the County.
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 2017, Carver County will begin the process of community engagement for the plan. After initial stages of public participation a draft plan will be created. The draft plan will be reviewed by all affected jurisdictions/parties and must be adopted by the County Board prior to submission to the Metropolitan Council.
How to be Involved
Public participation will be an integral part of the 2040 comprehensive planning process to ensure the comprehensive plan is representative of the community's vision and goals for the future. Public engagement for the plan is underway and will have events throughout 2017. Please click the link below to take part in the Comprehensive Plan questionnaire. The County has also used a Social Pinpoint site where respondents were able to drag and drop a marker to comment on a specific location. Please 'like' the Carver County Facebook page and 'follow' Carver County on Twitter for any news and upcoming events regarding the comprehensive plan process.
To participate in the Comprehensive Plan Questionnaire: click here
Planning and Water Management Department
Public Services Division