Rosemount City Council formally approved its 2040 Comprehensive Plan and it will be forwarded to the Metropolitan Council for review and feedback.

City Senior Planner Kyle Klatt gave an executive summary of the 971-page draft plan during the May 21 Rosemount City Council meeting at City Hall.

At the end of 2018, the city of Rosemount asked for an extension to work on the 2040 Comp Plan, because the city needed more time to work on a systems statement and address more technical aspects, including sanitary sewer and water supply plans.

Klatt said one major exception that was included was the University of Minnesota properties. The city has made some amendments to the current plan for land use and integrated a good portion of the UMore Plan into its 2020, 2030 and 2040 comp plans.

"With the downturn of the economy in the late 2000s, Rosemount and most metro area communities saw a scaling back of what the forecast would have been for 2020. And 2030 is consistent with that, our numbers are fairly close to the previous plan and what the build out was going to be, and we just shifted that growth back 10 years," Klatt said. "The discussion about whether the northern sections remain rural or we plan for urban development for at least long-term planning of city services was major discussion points between the planning commission and city council."

Met Council review

Rosemount is required to update its comprehensive plan every 10 years. The city started the update in 2016, hosting public meetings in neighborhoods throughout the community.

The Met Council has a 120-day review period and will offer comments. The city can respond and incorporate feedback or tweak the plan based on the Met Council's feedback.

"The best case scenario is that from the Met Council we have limited comments, and the Met Council is happy with the plan," Klatt said. "The Planning Commission has certainly put in a large amount of work and has gone above and beyond their normal meeting schedule to make sure that we are available to look at drafts."

City Council member Paul Essler asked if there were any controversial items the city may receive feedback on from the Met Council.

"One thing we have talked with the City Council about is that when you look at our plan, we have asked for the UMore piece without asking for any further amendments to our systems statement," Klatt said in response to Essler's question. "So with the Met Council guidance and our systems statement that says we are going to grow to a certain population and household numbers, and when you take and run the numbers for the entire city, we are going to shoot well above that systems statement number looking out to 2040."

Essler asked if the city uses this as a way to address the transportation issues.

Klatt said that the city is always working in tandem with Minnesota Department of Transportation and Dakota County regarding transportation issues.

Three areas of focus

There were neighborhood work groups as well as larger community meetings held to elicit feedback on the city and future growth and development.

The Rosemount Port Authority and Parks and Recreation Commission worked jointly in writing the economic competitiveness and parks and open spaces chapters.

The Comp Plan is broken into two sections: the Comp Plan Land Use and Utility Systems Plans.

Klatt explained to gain broad public input and review of the plan, the city engaged in a multi-year planning area with a focus on three areas: North Central Planning Area, the Southeast Planning Area and the Downtown Task Force. Meetings were held with affected landowners during the past few years.

"In addition to specific planning area meetings, the city sponsored two community-wide town hall meetings," Klatt said.

After numerous work sessions between City Council and the Planning Commission focused on land use planning chapters, Klatt said the review was completed in March after a six-month comment period.

10 guiding city principles

The Comp Plan outlines Rosemount's 10 guiding principles:

  • Maintain a manageable and reasonable growth rate that does not adversely impact delivery of services but allows the community to grow and become diverse.
  • Preserve existing rural residential areas designated in the Comp Plan and increase housing opportunities in the community to attain a balance of life-cycle housing options with special attention to changing community demographics and demands of increasing senior and millennial populations.
  • Promote commercial renewal and rehabilitation of downtown and along Highway 42 while attracting new commercial development along Highway 42 at the intersections of Highway 3, Akron Avenue and U.S. Highway 52.
  • Encourage additional high quality, job creating and tax base generating general industrial and business park development in the northeast portion of the community within UMore and Rosemount Business Park.
  • Preserve natural resources and open space within the community and ensure development does not adversely impact ongoing agricultural uses until urban services are available.
  • Incorporate sustainability precepts into development decisions to move toward a more resilient community.
  • Collaborate and provide connections between the city, surrounding cities, townships, Dakota County and public and private schools in the area.
  • Work with the University of Minnesota to create a development that can successfully integrate into the community while achieving goals of job creation, healthy living, energy conservation and public education.
  • Collaborate with partners and provide services and community amenities that benefit all residents.
  • Collaborate with appropriate agencies to identify transit corridors and bring additional transit opportunities into the community.

Rosemount City Council approved the formal draft now being reviewed by the Met Council. After the final review, the Comp Plan will ultimately be implemented.