Comprehensive Plan

About the Comprehensive Plan

The city is updating its Comprehensive Plan. Metropolitan Land Planning Act requires all cities in the seven-county metropolitan area to update their Comprehensive Plans every ten years. The local plans of each municipality build upon the regional planning vision, adopted as part of the Metropolitan Council's regional development plan, Thrive MSP 2040.

The Comprehensive Plan is a planning tool that helps to guide future growth and development in the community. It also establishes a community vision and set of goals that will inform decisions and policies on a range of issues, such as land use, housing, parks and recreation, transportation, and natural resources. Further, the Comprehensive Plan provides a framework for the City Council to make budgeting decisions for public services.

2040 Comprehensive Plan Process

The City Council approved a proposal from WSB & Associates to complete the 2040 Comprehensive Plan update in March 2017. WSB has held a series of public comprehensive plan meetings with the City Council and the city's volunteer commissions and committees over the past year to draft the different elements of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. A draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan was completed in May 2018 and was released for review by neighboring cities and affected governmental agencies.

For more information on the comprehensive planning process, visit the Metropolitan Council's Local Planning Handbook.

To view information on current demographic and economic data for Arden Hills, visit the Metropolitan Council's Community Profile.