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Planning Commission Work Session
Meeting Date: 01/18/2018  
Subject:    Coon Rapids 2040 Plan Update--Water Resources, Parks and Open Space, Economic Competitiveness
From: Matt Brown, Economic Development Coordinator

Staff will provide an update on the Coon Rapids 2040 Plan.


Various City staff have been working on the Coon Rapids 2040 Plan over the last year or so. Every 10 years cities in the Metropolitan Area are required under Minnesota law to update their long-range comprehensive plans. Each community’s plan includes elements that are tied to the Met Council’s long-range system plan known as Thrive MSP 2040. The current Comprehensive Plan for Coon Rapids plan was adopted in 2008 (online at and must be updated by the end of 2018. In December, Staff presented on four draft chapters--Introduction, Land Use, Housing, and Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area--to the Commission. At Thursday's work session, Staff will present on three additional chapters--Water Resources, Parks and Open Space, and Economic Competitiveness. Drafts of these chapters are attached and are also available for public review and comment on the City's web site.

Water Resources. This chapter addresses the City's water supply, wastewater system, and surface water management.

Parks and Open Space. This chapter details local consistency with the regional park and trail system. It also provides an overview of local parks, trails, and recreation facilities. In 2012, the City adopted a Parks, Trails, and Open Space System Plan that recommended significant upgrades to facilities, many of which have been implemented in recent years. It is expected that the System Plan will be updated again in the coming years. That plan will refine the broad policies established by this chapter.

Economic Competitiveness. The City's current Comprehensive Plan does not include a chapter on Economic Competitiveness.  City policy on redevelopment and business development was instead established by an Economic Development Strategy adopted in 2010 and the Coon Rapids Boulevard Framework Plan, which was most recently updated in 2010. This chapter updates and enhances the recommendations of those documents and establishes additional policies related to economic development. While this element is not required by the Metropolitan Council, the City has become increasingly proactive in its economic development efforts, making it important to have a formal policy.
Staff requests feedback from the Planning Commission as work on the Coon Rapids 2040 Plan continues.

Chapter 5-Water Resources
Chapter 6-Parks and Open Space
Chapter 8-Economic Competitiveness

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