What will be Shakopee's future? How can we work together to ensure the city's future is successful? How can we leverage resources, plan strategically and make sound decisions to accomplish shared goals?
In November 2019, the City Council approved the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, known as Envision Shakopee, as the city's vision and blueprint for the next 20 years. The plan reflects the community's shared concerns and aspirations, anticipates future growth and redevelopment needs, guides decision making and addresses our responsibility to future generations.
The planning process behind Envision Shakopee included a significant community engagement process to ensure the plan represents the community's aspirations. The document itself includes a significant shift in tone, structure and visual appeal from the 2030 plan. It is an inclusive, customer-oriented plan organized around a community-driven set of values and goals (the vision). Upon completion, it will guide future city decision-making and initiatives through a set of action-oriented strategies, tactics and outcomes (the blueprint).
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What is a comprehensive plan?Simply put, the comprehensive plan is the city's vision and blueprint for the next 20 years. It reflects our shared concerns and aspirations, anticipates future growth and redevelopment needs, guides decision making and addresses our responsibility to future generations.
What topics does the comprehensive plan address?
At minimum, state law requires cities in the seven-county metro area to address land use, transportation, housing, water resources and parks and trails. It's strongly encouraged for communities to explore economic competitiveness and resiliency. As a truly comprehensive document, Envision Shakopee 2040 will cover those eight topics as well as topics addressing the city's unique history and culture, public facilities and services, good governance, human capital, technology and community engagement.
Specific issues to be address include but are not limited to downtown revitalization; connections to the Minnesota River; community design and aesthetics; future growth and annexation; placemaking; inclusive public engagement and changing demographics; impacts of technological advancement on jobs, transportation and land use; long-term infrastructure maintenance; and community pride.
What other topics are important to you? What else needs to be addressed?
Why update the comprehensive plan?
It is standard best practice for a community to update its comprehensive plan every 10 years or so. This is done so that a community regularly analyzes its situation, plans for the future and makes adjustments in strategies to meet current and future needs. Shakopee last updated its comprehensive plan in 2008. A lot has changed since then and the city needs to adjust accordingly.
Additionally, state law requires cities in the seven-county metro area to update their comprehensive plan every 10 years, exploring issues such as land use, transportation, housing, water resources, parks and trails, economic competitiveness and resiliency. The plan must be completed for submission to the Metropolitan Council no later than Dec. 31, 2018, at which point the Met Council will review the plan for alignment to the regional plan, known as Thrive MSP 2040. Although mandated by state law, Shakopee intends to use the requirement as an opportunity to significantly update its plan.
How can I get involved in the process?
The city is working to increase the quantity and improve the quality of community engagement for the 2040 plan. This will include focus groups, workshops, presentations, city presence at community events and festivals, public meetings, Do It Yourself planning and online platforms. The city will begin rolling out its first phase of community engagement activities in the summer of 2017.
We will be looking for community volunteers to serve as plan champions and community liaisons. If you're interested in helping to spread the word, host a community workshop or serve on a committee, please contact us at 952-233-9300.
All residents, businesses, visitors and other stakeholders are encouraged to contact city staff with questions, comments, concerns or feedback at any point in the process.
What impact will the comprehensive plan have on daily functions and operations of the city?
The 2040 plan will be anchored by the vision and goals established through community input and feedback. Strategies and tactics will be devised that, when implemented, will work towards realizing the vision and achieving the goals. It will be important that goals, strategies and tactics are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.
As the blueprint for the city's future, the plan will provide guidance on all decision making. This includes but is not limited to influencing the city's annual work plan, budget and Capital Improvement Program (CIP), policies, programs, projects, incentives, regular operations, community engagement and organizational development.
The city intends to implement a new process in which progress toward the achievement of goals is tracked and measured on an annual basis. This information will help highlight necessary plan and/or implementation strategy adjustments.
Will the plan include anticipated annexation of and growth into Jackson Township?With an Orderly Annexation Agreement in place with Jackson Township and anticipated growth and expansion to the west, Envision Shakopee 2040 will include plans for the annexation and eventual development of the township, including plans for land use, utilities, additional infrastructure and a framework code for implementation.
Aren't there a number of plans already in existence? How is this different?
Yes, a number of plans and studies have been conducted and created over the years, some of which still remain relevant today. Of the plans and studies that remain relevant to the city's current status, work will be done to integrate the recommended strategies and tactics into the comprehensive plan as it makes no sense to recreate the wheel.
The key difference between the comprehensive plan and other plans and studies is the comprehensive nature of the 2040 plan. For example, a past transportation plan may not have been fully integrated and coordinated with a past neighborhood plan. The 2040 planning process offers an opportunity for the city to tie all of its initiatives into one easy-to-read, easy-to-access document.