Comprehensive Plan Update

Stearns County hosted a Township Listening Session on March 5, 2020. Meeting materials can be download by clicking here: Meeting Materials. The presentation and meeting materials are also posted on the project website: Project Website.

Township officials are encouraged to review the meeting materials with their Town Board as a whole, and provide feedback by April 17, 2020. You can provide feedback by using this questionnaire.

Written comments can also be sent to Angie Berg via email at Angie.Berg@co.stearns.mn.us or by mail (705 Courthouse Square, Rm 343|St. Cloud, MN 56303).

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* 1. What are the biggest challenges your township will face over the next twenty years?

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* 2. How can the County help overcome these challenges?

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* 3. Is there any zoning barriers that have limited development opportunities within your township?

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* 4. How can the County improve upon it's application review process? It is our goal to continue to expand opportunities for local jurisdictions to review proposed projects.

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* 5. What type of infrastructure, services, or programs would help improve the County's quality of life and economy?

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* 6. Our planning process has determined the current Comprehensive Plan and the Future Land Use Plan map is too prescriptive in what one can do with their land. Updates to the Comprehensive Plan is looking for ways to eliminate these barriers, while providing the property owner greater flexibility in what they can do with their land.

To achieve this goal, the draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan is moving away from assigning specific land uses to each parcel of land. Instead, the Comprehensive Plan will articulate preferred land use patterns and development expectations through design criteria and standards. If a proposed project is generally consistent with the criteria and standards, then the proposed project could be considered to be in conformance with the Comprehensive Plan. The Future Land Use Plan map will continue to be used to determine what design criteria and standards should be used for a proposed project.

Town Boards will be asked to use this criteria in the future when reviewing rezoning requests and development proposals.  

We need your feedback on this approach. Please reference the meeting materials to respond to the next questions. Meeting materials can be downloaded by clicking here: Meeting Materials

Please indicate below what Township you are representing.

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* 7. Are there any changes that need to be made to the draft Town Board Recommendation Form?

Please reference the meeting materials or click here to download the Town Board Recommendation Form.

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* 8. Are there any changes that need to be made to the Pillar statements or goals?

Please reference the meeting materials or click here to download the Pillars and Goals.

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* 9. Is there any changes that need to be made to the land use criteria and standards?

Please reference the meeting materials or click here to download the Land Use Plan.

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* 10. Please provide us with any other comments or questions.

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* 11. Do you want the County to follow-up with you on your comments or questions?

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* 12. Please leave us your contact information.

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