All cities and counties within the seven-county metropolitan area are required to adopt a document called a comprehensive plan indicating the programs, physical improvements and development strategies that would be implemented to comply with the regional plan adopted by the Metropolitan Council. The City of Woodbury adopted its first Comprehensive Plan in 1982, and adopted its current 2040 Comprehensive Plan in August 2019.
The 2040 Comprehensive Plan includes policies, goals and calculations of land use needs for the city based upon growth projections for population, households and employment. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan identifies the general areas in the community where commercial, residential, industrial and open space land uses will be allowed and provides plans, objectives and policies indicating how the growth areas will be provided with city services including roads, sewer and water utilities, and parks and open spaces. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan provides a vision and approach for the future growth and development of the city's parks and public spaces.
View the 2040 Comprehensive Plan
View the plan by chapter
- Chapter 1: Purpose and Introduction
- Chapter 2: Community Context
- Chapter 3: Vision and Guiding Principles
- Chapter 4: Land Use
- Chapter 5: Housing
- Chapter 6: Economic Development
- Chapter 7: Transportation
- Chapter 8: Parks, Recreation and Open Space
- Chapter 9: Natural Resources
- Chapter 10: Sanitary Sewer
- Chapter 11: Water Supply
- Chapter 12: Surface Water
- Chapter 13: Implementation
See below for common questions regarding the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, or download a print-friendly version.
What is a comprehensive plan?
A comprehensive plan is prepared in accordance with the Metropolitan Land Planning Act. When reviewed and approved, the 2040 Comprehensive Plan will serve as the main blueprint for future growth and development. The Metropolitan Council will review the plan to ensure that it conforms to regional planning assumptions and requirements. A comprehensive plan addresses:
- Land use
- Water resources
- Parks and trails
- Economic competitiveness
What is Woodbury's approach to long-term planning?
Woodbury’s commitment to orderly growth ensures that new residents and businesses are welcomed while sustaining the quality and affordability of municipal services and infrastructure demanded by the community. The plan:
- Continues to consciously manage the timing, location and characteristics of growth.
- Looks to the year 2040 when the city will be close to fully developed.
- Promotes development standards that ensure aesthetic beauty, grow the tax base, provide effective infrastructure and enhance the natural environment within the community.
What is the process for updating the plan?
To oversee the update of the plan, City Council appointed a resident task force consisting of current and former members of various city advisory commissions and several residents at-large. The task force facilitated an extensive public participation process focusing on:
- Establishment of guiding principles (summer 2016)
- Technical land use and infrastructure components (spring 2017)
- Drafting the plan (2017-18)
The task force met 20 times prior to City Council approving the draft plan July 25, 2018.
Task Force Members
|Jennifer Santini, chair||Andrea Date||Paul Rebholz|
|Roger Splinter, vice chair||David Filipiak||Mary Giuliani Stephens|
|Anne Burt||Roger Green||Jimmy Wong|
|James Currell||Don Place|
How does the 2040 Comprehensive Plan affect sustainable water?
The plan commits to the city’s “One Water” vision. Woodbury recognizes the connection between surface water, groundwater, and drinking water and the importance of considering impacts to all water resources when making decisions. The plan commits to providing abundant, safe drinking water that meets state and federal guidelines. The plan also commits to protecting and improving the water quality of lakes, wetlands and streams, and to maintaining the natural communities within and dependent upon these water bodies.
How does the 2040 Comprehensive Plan affect future job growth?
Woodbury will continue efforts to attract, retain and expand a diversified business sector, in turn providing a variety of jobs, strengthening the community’s tax base, adding to the high quality of life, and providing residents with options to both live and work in the community.
As many current commercial spaces complete build-outs, future job growth will chiefly occur through redevelopment as well as the development of the northeast area of Woodbury. With more than 400 acres of adjoining land guided for “Places to Work,” the northeast area offers a unique opportunity to diversify the city’s job and tax base. This diversification will occur by creating a business environment that will ultimately provide office/showroom, warehouse, distribution and light industrial business that are currently under-represented within the city’s tax base.
Specifically, the plan re-guides the land use of a variety of parcels away from “Places to Work” to “Mixed Use”, “Gateway,” and/or “High Density Residential” that provide for job growth in a modern office setting. Previous comprehensive plans tended to silo places to work, places to shop, and places to live, whereas the plan promotes the concept that mixed use areas, ancillary retail and housing choice support places to work. From an infrastructure perspective, most of the next 5 million square feet of commercial and industrial uses will be in the northeast area of Woodbury and this land is already within the urban service area. As such, the bulk of the long-term infrastructure planning needed to promote job growth is complete.
How does the 2040 Comprehensive Plan affect the parks and recreation system?
The plan continues the city’s commitment to the preservation and enhancement of the natural environment. Woodbury’s parks and recreation system provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities that are accessible to residents through a combination of neighborhood and community parks, open space areas, trails and recreation facilities. The plan provides the framework for maintaining, building and improving Woodbury’s parks and recreation system. It includes recommendations for park land acquisition, park and trail development, and natural resources protection and restoration. Specifically, the plan identifies future park search areas, priority park acquisition parcels and desired locations of future trails.
See Chapter 8: Parks, Recreation and Open Space and Chapter 9: Natural Resources
How does the 2040 Comprehensive Plan affect residential neighborhoods and housing choices?
The plan encourages the development of diverse housing to accommodate people of all ages, income levels and family statuses. The plan identifies areas for residential growth in a range of types, styles and affordability while maintaining high-quality building standards and amenities.
Woodbury’s vision seeks to offer housing choices to people in all stages of life from first homes to dwellings that allow graceful aging. The vision further recognizes that Woodbury neighborhoods vary from rural estates to traditional single-family neighborhoods to places with a mix of housing styles and densities. To achieve its vision, Woodbury establishes a variety of residential land uses and has planned for the infrastructure needed to ensure that both existing and future neighborhoods continue to be served by affordable, high-quality water, sewer and transportation systems.
See Chapter 4: Land Use and Chapter 5: Housing