Forward 2040 Documents

Forward 2040 Comprehensive Plan

On August 5, 2019 the City Council adopted the Forward 2040 Bloomington Comprehensive Plan

The Forward 2040 Comprehensive Plan is posted below. Click on individual chapters to view. 

PDF icon Table of Contents and Acknowledgements

PDF icon Element 1 Introduction

  • Vision, values, and desired outcomes
  • Summary of update process

  PDF icon Element 2 Land Use

  • Redevelopment priorities
  • Demographic changes
  • Implications of shifting retail model, sharing economy, and autonomous vehicles
  • Improving access to alternative, renewable energy

PDF icon Element 3 Housing

  • Overview of City’s existing housing supply, by type and affordability
  • Forecast of future housing demand by type and affordability
  • Preserving housing quality and affordability
  • Expanding housing choices

PDF icon Element 4 Transportation

  • Improvements to alternative transportation facilities (bicycle, pedestrian, transit)
  • Improvements to roads and freight transportation to accommodate forecast growth
  • Strategies to enhance mobility and accessibility

PDF icon Element 5 Airport

  • Mitigating noise impacts
  • Ensuring new development meet airport safety regulations (use and height restrictions)

PDF icon Element 6 Utilities

  • Improvements to sewer, water, and stormwater management systems to accommodate forecast growth and enhance resilience to climate shifts.
  • Strategic renewal of aging utility infrastructure.
  • Enhancing sustainability through conservation, reuse, and recycling.

PDF icon Element 7 Community Facilities

  • Implications of changing demographics on community programs and services.
  • Creating a sense of identity and neighborhood connection and engagement.
  • Fostering healthy lifestyles.

PDF icon Element 8 Implementation

  • Summary of tools and programs to implement plan recommendations, including funding sources and partners.


Bloomington experienced significant growth during the period between 1950 and 1970 and is now considered “built out”.  While little undeveloped land remains, growth will continue to occur through redevelopment.  Bloomington today is much different than it was in 1970 - and will be in 2040.  Looking back helps us envision the direction and magnitude of potential future changes and how we may need to adjust.  These changes are embodied in several key themes woven throughout Forward 2040 that highlight opportunities and challenges we will need to address moving forward.  These include:

  • Meeting the needs of a changing resident population:  Bloomington’s resident population is aging and becoming more racially and culturally diverse.  Forward 2040 discusses strategies to accommodate these changes and embrace the social and cultural opportunities created by these changes.
  • Enhancing community image and identity:  Many of Bloomington’s public facilities, commercial areas, and neighborhoods are 40 to 50 years old and are showing signs of age.  Forward 2040 recommends strategic investments in community renewal and enhancing opportunities for community engagement and community building.
  • Managing technological and economic transitions:  Rapid advances in technology are profoundly changing the way we communicate, do business, and get around.  At this time, we don’t have a clear picture of the scope and magnitude of how these changes will impact Bloomington specifically.  Forward 2040 provides guidance on managing this transition period by maintaining a high level of awareness and remaining flexible to respond in a timely manner.  It also identifies opportunities to utilize new technologies to enhance delivery of services and increase efficiencies.
  • Leveraging partnerships to maximize resource utilization:  As resources are continually stretched, working with partners is increasingly important in providing services to meet new and changing needs.  Forward 2040 identifies opportunities to expand upon and strengthen our partnerships.

Background documents

Metropolitan Council Documents