2040 Comprehensive Plan

 2040 Cover Final 
The 2040 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the County Board on June 18, 2019. The plan 
builds upon the 40 years of long-range planning history that has guided the growth and development of one of Minnesota’s fastest growing counties. It sets goals, policies and recommendations for land use, transportation, utilities, recreation, natural resources, farmland preservation, economic development, housing, public health and safety, and livable communities. Click on the chapters below to review the adopted plan document or key maps.

Table of Contents, Figures and Maps
Chapter I: Introduction
Chapter II: Community Engagement
Chapter III: Community Background
Chapter IV: County Vision
Chapter V: Land Use & Growth Management

Map: 2040 Planned Land Use
Chapter VI: Transportation
Chapter VII: Parks & Trails
  Map: Regional Park Inventory
  Map: Existing Trail Inventory
  Map: Regional Park & Trail System (Planned)
  Map: Regional Trail System (Planned)
  Map: Regional Park System (Planned)
Chapter VIII: Water, Natural & Agricultural Resources
Chapter IX: Housing
Chapter X: Economic Competitiveness
Chapter XI: Utilities & Local Government Facilities
Chapter XII: Safe, Healthy & Livable Communities
Chapter XIII: Implementation & Metrics  
Appendix A1: 2040 Traffic Modeling Report
Appendix A2: Cost Participation Policy
Appendix A3: Minimum Access Spacing Guidelines
Appendix A4: Road Jurisdiction Transfer
Appendix B: Scott County 2018 - 2028 Local Water Plan
Appendix C: Scott County Subsurface Sewage Treatment Ordinance
Appendix D: Scott County Capital Improvement Plan
Unified Plan Document 

Scott County partnered with the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) in 2018/19 and again in 2019/20 to advance and implement key recommendations coming out of the 2040 Plan. The County and University students and faculty are collaborating on more than a dozen multidisciplinary projects that advance community resilience in the county. Projects include investigating self-serve libraries, planting edible landscapes, diversifying agricultural production, managing hazardous waste, improving early childhood education, fostering employer-assisted housing, increasing participation in rental-assistance programs, planning for autonomous vehicles, promoting active living, and investigating the cost of services in rural areas. 

Press Release

2040 story map screenshot
To review the 2040 Plan in a different, more interactive way, the County has created a story map. This story map highlights some of the key issues, trends and recommendations coming out of the 2040 plan using interactive maps, video, graphics and images.   
The 2040 Plan has been spotlighted in County media and local newspaper articles. Click on the links below to review these articles.
2040 Comprehensive Plan Will Direct Future Growth (Dec/Jan 2019 County SCENE)
Students Draft Scott County's Driverless Car Future (Dec 2018 Prior Lake American)
Scott County to Partner with UM to Solve Problems (April 2018 Jordan Independent
Resiliency is One Goal of 2040 Comp Plan (Feb/Mar 2018 County SCENE, page 3) 
Draft 2040 Land Use Plan Ready for Review (Dec/Jan 2018 County SCENE, page 2)
Planning for the Future (Feb/Mar 2017 County SCENE)
Study: 30,000 Housing Units Needed in County by 2040 (Dec 2016 Prior Lake American)
Looking Ahead to 2040 (Aug/Sep 2016 County SCENE)
Growing Scott County Begins Work on 2040 Plan (April 2016 Shakopee Valley News)

In Spring 2018, the County Board authorized release of the 2040 Plan to 65 adjacent and affected jurisdictions and agencies for the mandatory six-month review period. To view a copy of all written comments, click here.  To learn how county staff responded to each comment, and see all of the proposed  modifications to the draft 2040 plan based on those comments, click here. To review comments on the County's local water plan, click here. Staff presented all of this information to the Planning Commission and County Board in November and December.

The Scott County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the draft 2040 plan on April 9, 2018.  Approximately 35 people attended the hearing.  Based on input received during the open houses and public hearing, the Planning Commission held a series of workshops over Summer 2018 to discuss residential densities in agricultural areas, rural residential lot sizes, mining reclamation policies, future transportation studies, and rural commercial uses along U.S. Highway 169.  

Scott County’ hosted two public open houses to get feedback on the 2040 plan, one held on March 13 at the New Prague High School and one on March 19 at the Jordan High School
.  About 70 people total attended the open houses and provided valuable feedback on the draft land use, transportation, parks and trails, and natural resource plans.  Thanks to everyone who came out to attend these sessions. 

Click here for a summary of Open House feedback
Click here for Open House presentation

Scott County conducted a wide range of
community engagement, education and outreach techniques throughout every stage of the planning process to stimulate thought and gain input into the 2040 Plan. Public participation using a variety of platforms, venues, forms and techniques helped ensure that the County’s long-range plan accurately reflects the vision, goals and values of its residents and businesses.  To read the results from 2040 community engagement, please click on the links below.
Conversations with the Community: Report from a Targeted Community Engagement Approach (September 2017)
2040 Vision Update Report  (April 2017)

Questions and Comments

Please send your questions or comments on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan or planning process via email, phone, or mail to the following:

Brad Davis, AICP
Planning Manager
Scott County
Community Services Division
200 Fourth Avenue West
Shakopee, Minnesota 55379-1220