Comprehensive Plan

2045 Comprehensive Plan

The City of Northfield is currently updating its comprehensive plan.

We will lead an inclusive and innovative community engagement process to develop a comprehensive plan reflecting the city’s stated vision, mission, and values and responsive to community-identified values. The plan will include relevant milestones, related metrics, and prioritized implementation steps to achieve an equitable, sustainable, diverse, inclusive and universally accessible city. The final product will reflect the city’s existing vision and mission statements, use plain language, and be useful and useable to all.

Overview of comprehensive plans

Cities are granted the authority to regulate land use by the Municipal Planning Act. For those cities engaged in land use regulation, the Municipal Planning Act provides the framework and road map that all cities must follow.

A comprehensive plan is an expression of the community’s vision for the future and a strategic map to reach that vision. It may include a compilation of policy statements, goals, standards, and maps for guiding the physical, social and economic development, both private and public, of the municipality and its environs, and may include, but is not limited to, the following: statements of policies, goals, standards, a land use plan, including proposed densities for development, a community facilities plan, a transportation plan, and recommendations for plan execution.

For many cities, creating a comprehensive plan is the first step in adopting zoning and subdivision regulations for the city. As a result, the comprehensive plan normally lays out a vision for the city’s future land development and land use, identifying where growth should occur, the type of growth that is allowed in various areas of the city, and the density of such growth.

Before adopting, or amending, a comprehensive plan the city’s planning commission must hold at least one public hearing.

A city may develop and approve other types of plans, but the comprehensive plan is the overarching plan for the community and the primary basis for land use, development, zoning and subdivision regulations used to carry out the community’s vision.

The City of Northfield's Comprehensive Plan is a document that outlines long-range plans for managing the growth of the community. The plan provides a framework for establishing policies, standards and principles pertaining to the city’s planning, zoning and public service activities.

2008 Comprehensive Plan

The current plan was updated November 2008 after an extensive revision process. A hard-copy of the plan is on file at Northfield City Hall in the City Clerk's Office and the Planning and Zoning Office and at the Northfield Public Library.

View the 2008 Comprehensive Plan

2008 Comprehensive Plan by chapter


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Demographic Composition

Chapter 3 - Community Identity

Chapter 4 - Land Use

Chapter 5 - Environmental Resources

Chapter 6 - Sewer and Water

Chapter 7 - Transportation

Chapter 8 - Parks and Recreation

Chapter 9 - Community Facilities

Chapter 10 - Economic Development

Chapter 11 - Housing

Chapter 12 - Implementation

Appendix A & B

Other city plans

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