2040 Comprehensive Plan
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 tabs below to review the adopted plan document, maps, and other supporting information.
Check out our story map!
To review the 2040 Plan in a different way, the County has created an interactive story map using our web-based GIS software. 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. Visit the 2040 Comprehensive Plan Story Map.
All links will open as PDF files unless otherwise noted. Download a unified version of the document: Scott County 2040 Comprehensive Plan (PDF)
- Map: Regional Park Inventory
- Map: Existing Trail Inventory
- Map: Regional Park & Trail System (Planned)
- Map: Regional Trail System (Planned)
- Map: Regional Park System (Planned)
- 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
Resilient Communities Project 2018-2019
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.
The 2040 Plan has been highlighted in County media and local newspaper articles. Click on the links below to review these articles.
- 2040 Comprehensive Plan Will Direct Future Growth (PDF) (Dec/Jan 2019 County SCENE)
- Students Draft Scott County's Driverless Car Future (PDF) (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 (PDF) (Feb/Mar 2018 County SCENE, page 3)
- Draft 2040 Land Use Plan Ready for Review (PDF) (Dec/Jan 2018 County SCENE, page 2)
- Planning for the Future (PDF) (Feb/Mar 2017 County SCENE)
- Study: 30,000 Housing Units Needed in County by 2040 (Dec 2016 Prior Lake American)
- Looking Ahead to 2040 (PDF) (Aug/Sep 2016 County SCENE)
- Growing Scott County Begins Work on 2040 Plan (April 2016 Shakopee Valley News)
6-Month Plan Review (2018)
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. Comments, which can be reviewed below, were solicited and modifications were proposed based upon feedback. Staff presented all of this information to the Planning Commission and County Board in November and December 2018.
- Written Comments (PDF)
- County Staff Responses to Written Comments & Proposed Modifications (PDF)
- Comments on Local Water Plan (PDF)
Public Hearing & Open Houses
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, 2018 at the New Prague High School and one on March 19, 2018 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.
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 use the links below.
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 & Resource Management Director, Scott County
200 Fourth Avenue West
Shakopee, MN 55379-1220