2030 Vision

2030 Plan Collage
Plan Update
Scott County’s 2030 Vision is a long-range, big picture description of our desired future. It communicates core values, legacies, and aspirations for both current residents and future generations. These values and aspirations directed the development of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update by providing a framework for each element’s goals, policies, and implementation strategies. For a descriptive pictorial of Scott County and its projected growth, read the update below to see an excerpt of a presentation from the 2030 Visioning Process.

The 2030 Vision (listed below) was prepared by the Vision Advisory Committee in August 2006. A more descriptive version of the 2030 Vision can be found in Chapter 4 (PDF) of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update (PDF).

2030 Vision
In 2030, Scott County is a well-planned, safe, prosperous and fiscally responsible community built by citizens and businesses who value neighborhoods, education, families, health, and public safety, and who enjoy its natural beauty, rural character, and location in the region. In 2030, Scott County is recognized metro-wide as one of the best places to live, work, shop, and play in the Twin Cities because we have:
  • Prospered with a diversity of urban and rural lifestyle choices
  • Respected and managed our natural and environmental resources
  • Developed and maintained a safe, efficient, and comprehensive transportation and trail system
  • Met the human and social service needs of our most important resource…our citizens and neighbors
  • Diversified our economy
  • Secured a high quality of life for our citizens through leadership at the local, regional, state, and federal level
Strategic Challenges
Strategic Challenges are those issues or conditions that must be addressed if Scott County is to be successful in achieving its 2030 Vision. Because the Vision covers a twenty-five year period, the challenges may not become problematic for a few years, but nonetheless, will impede progress. Implementation strategies identified in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update (and in this website) have been prepared to help address these strategic challenges:
  • Determining the long-term future of agriculture in the county.
  • Achieving county-wide agreement on where and how to stage growth.
  • Determining the locations and timing of urban service extensions throughout the county.
  • Achieving consensus on the type and mix of transportation options for the anticipated increase in jobs and population.
  • Developing an accepted approach to natural and environmental resource protection in the context of growth.
  • Securing a county-wide agreement on the type, intensity and location of commercial, institutional, and industrial development in the county.
  • Developing a consensus on the balance between government land use planning and individual property rights.
  • Developing a consensus on issues related to governance, annexation and jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Securing financial resources to carry out the Vision.