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Forward 2040: About the Comprehensive Plan

Why are we updating the Comprehensive Plan?

  • Statutory requirements:  Minnesota law requires that all cities, counties, and townships in the seven-county metropolitan region update their comprehensive plan every ten years.  Bloomington’s last update was in 2008.
  • Changing needs and priorities:  An update allows the City to respond to changing needs, challenges and opportunities.  While Bloomington’s population has remained relatively stable since 1970, we’ve become much more diverse and added thousands of new jobs.  And we expect to grow even more: by 2040, Bloomington is forecast to have 6,000 additional residents and 17,000 additional jobs.
  • Regional coordination:  An update ensures the City’s plans for future development and infrastructure improvements align with the Metropolitan Council’s goals and guidelines for coordinated regional development.

How is the Comprehensive Plan used?

The Comprehensive Plan provides guidance and information that is used in many ways by City officials, staff, citizens, and others.  These include:

Guides development and zoning decisions:  The Plan identifies where future development can occur and priority areas for redevelopment.  It lays out the long-term vision for the City and provides guidance to ensure that zoning decisions are consistent with that vision.

Identifies future needs:  The Plan forecasts growth in population, households, and employment over the next 20 years.  These forecasts are used to identify needed improvements to the City’s roads, utilities, and other infrastructure systems to accommodate future growth.  The Plan also identifies trends that may impact changes in demand for public services, such as recreation programs and facilities.

Set priorities for public investments:  The Plan provides guidance to set priorities for investments in public infrastructure and other public actions.  It also describes the various tools used to fund improvements.

Repository of information:  The Plan compiles a wealth of information about the City (now and in the future) that may be helpful to residents, businesses, developers, other governmental agencies, and others.  This information is also often used to help the City secure outside funding (e.g., grants) for specific public projects.