Legal Basis for Comprehensive Plans: The State of Minnesota gives its cities the legal authority to regulate land use. The State does not require the creation of comprehensive plans for cities outside of the seven-county metropolitan area. However, it is recognized that a comprehensive plan is a valuable tool that a city can use to express its vision and develop strategies to fulfill that vision. The Municipal Planning Act (Minnesota Statutes Sections 462.351 to 462.364) creates a single, uniform procedure that applies to all cities.
The comprehensive plan provides the legal foundation to enact land use controls and other municipal actions to implement long-term growth and development strategies and regulations. The city’s land use (zoning) ordinances and official zoning map should be updated to conform to the Comprehensive Plan pursuant to adoption.
- Appleton Comp Plan 2018
- Watson Strategic Plan 2016
- Milan Comp Plan 2013
- Clara City Comp Plan 2012
- Benson Comp Plan 2010
For more information on comprehensive planning, contact Kristi Fernholz the UMVRDC at 320-289.1981 ext. 106.