Columbia Heights 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update
In March 2017, Columbia Heights began work on a major update of its existing 2030 Comprehensive Plan to help set the stage for future growth and development out to the year 2040. The plan addresses future land use, transportation, parks, economic development, housing and infrastructure. A Review Committee comprised of 15 Columbia Heights residents and businesspersons is coordinating the work of Hoisington Koegler Group Inc., the project consultant and City staff.
The plan update is occurring in four phases: 1) understanding what is desired; 2) exploring opportunities; 3) creating a draft of the plan and 4) review and approvals. Phase one, two and three have been completed. Now, the City of Columbia Heights would like your input to finalize the draft chapters of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Draft chapters have been posted to the City’s website here.
After comments have been received, a second draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan will be assembled for review by the Planning Commission and City Council to complete the fourth and final Phase of the Comprehensive Plan update process.
Once approved, Minnesota Statute requires that the draft plan be submitted to adjacent communities and other governmental jurisdictions for review and comment. At the conclusion of a six month review period, the City will be able to formally adopt the plan. The final plan is expected to be in place by the end of 2018. From that time on, the Columbia Heights 2040 Comprehensive Plan will articulate the City’s future vision and it will be used to help guide decisions by the Planning Commission and City Council. It will also serve as the basis for any subsequent changes in codes and regulations that are needed.
More information about the Columbia Heights 2040 Comprehensive Plan may be found on the City’s website here.