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Comprehensive Plan and Implementation

Action 1: Adopt/have an adopted comprehensive plan OR, Category B and C cities may simply adopt a land use plan that was adopted by a regional entity or the county.

The 2030 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council July 14, 2012. The plan incorporates sustainability throughout every chapter of the document. The first Guiding Principle within the document is to “Make Woodbury Sustainable.” In addition, Sustainability was identified by the City Council as one of seven Critical Success Factors, that are considered crucial to Woodbury’s success as a community.

Action 2: Demonstrate that regulatory ordinances comply with the comprehensive plan including but not limited to having the zoning ordinance explicitly reference the comprehensive plan as the foundational document for decision making.

Although the Woodbury City Code had always met the intention of the most recent Comprehensive Plan, the City Code was updated to more clearly reflect the 2030 Comprehensive Plan October 24, 2012. In the City Code updates, many clear links to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan were added. For example, the first criteria for granting a Conditional Use Permit is, “Consistency with the comprehensive plan.” (Section 24-43, paragraph a). Many other examples can be found throughout the City Code.

Action 4: Include ecologic provisions in the comprehensive plan that explicitly aim to minimize open space fragmentation and/or establish a growth area with expansion criteria.

The 2030 Comprehensive Plan addresses this in the Parks Trails and Open Space section, 8-8. In 1997, the city conducted an NRI that evaluated and ranked natural resources according to quality. In 1998, voters approved a $5 million bond issue for preservation of open space. Over 300 acres of open space was acquired through this initiative. In 2005, voters approved a second $9 million bond issue that included $6 million for the preservation of recreational open space. The City also adopted a Greenway Corridor Policy 9/26/12. The city’s greenway corridor plan strives to identify and connect Woodbury’s natural systems and areas.

Action 5: Adopt climate protection/adaptation or energy independence goals and objectives in the comprehensive plan or in a separate policy document, and link these goals to direct implementation recommendations.

The city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan addresses sustainability in every chapter. One of the implementation action items and initiatives is to develop a climate action plan to serve as a guide as the city moves forward with its goal of reducing carbon emissions related to climate change (page 13-5). City staff is currently working on a sustainability audit of city properties, buildings, services and operations. The audit will select indicators, collect baseline data, determine goals and establish a schedule for periodic audits to assess progress.