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Planning Commission Work Session
Meeting Date: 08/17/2017  
Subject:    Comprehensive Plan Update
From: Matt Brown, Economic Development Coordinator

Staff will provide an update on the Comprehensive Plan process, known as the Coon Rapids 2040 Plan, that is currently underway.


Various City staff have been working on the Coon Rapids 2040 Plan for about the last six months. Every 10 years cities in the Metropolitan Area are required under Minnesota law to update their long-range comprehensive plans. These plans help local communities guide policymaking on such issues as land use, transportation, housing, water resources, parks and open space and community facilities. 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. A timeline and work plan for the 2040 Plan process is attached. At Thursday's work session, Staff will provide an update on the process and seek input from the Planning Commission. Staff's presentation will focus on the following three areas:

Public Engagement. In the last several months, extensive public engagement has occurred to assist in establishing policies and priorities. This has included a mail survey of residents, a more open-ended online survey, and a "photo booth" at the Summer in the City meetings that enabled Staff to interact with residents informally about their priorities and concerns. A summary of the overall conclusions of the public engagement process is attached.

Goals and Policies. Staff continues to work on updating the goals and policies established in chapter (Land Use, Housing, Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Water Resources, Community Facilities, Economic Development) of the 2040 Plan. A draft of these goals and policies is attached. Staff invites feedback from the Planning Commission on the document.

Future Land Use Map. Because the Land Use chapter drives other recommendations of the Plan, including transportation, park, and infrastructure needs, Staff requests feedback from the Commission on the draft Future Land Use Map. Many elements of the Future Land Use Map remain unchanged from the current map. Highlights of the proposed map include:
  • Major rezonings or creation of nonconforming uses are unlikely
  • Retain policy protection over Industrial, Low-Density Residential areas
  • Fewer designations
    • Reduces frequency of comprehensive plan amendments
  • Wider use of Mixed Use designations along commercial corridors and nodes
    • Reflects current zoning (i.e. River Rapids Overlay)
    • Provides more flexibility in commercial areas that may become obsolete
Staff requests feedback from the Planning Commission as work on the Coon Rapids 2040 Plan continues.

Work Plan/Timeline
Public Engagement Summary
DRAFT Goals and Policies
DRAFT Future Land Use Map

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