St. Francis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
The City of St. Francis has started the process of updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan. This is a long-range plan that will help define and guide future growth and development of the community. The Plan was last updated in 2009.
To help prepare this plan, the City has hired Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. (HKGi), a professional consulting firm with years of experience facilitating community planning processes and preparing comprehensive plans. Funding for this plan has been provided through the Anoka County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
What is St. Francis 2040?
The Plan is a Guide and a Tool
Once completed, St. Francis 2040 will be used to make land use decisions, to prepare and implement ordinances, to guide the City Capital Improvement Plan, and to influence the timing and location of future redevelopment in the community.
Comprehensive Plans are:
- Broad in scope
- Principle- and Policy-oriented
- Guiding documents
- Conceptual & Idealistic
- Focused on neighborhood, community, or regional scale
- Flexible in interpretation
What Topics are Included in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan?
While rooted in the reality of the community’s past and present, the Vision is an aspirational statement that seeks to describe how the community will look, feel, and function in the next 20 years. The Vision provides an over-arching framework that permeates the plan and informs supporting policy and strategy decisions.
Guiding Principles support the Vision, by helping to define the character, values, and priorities of the St. Francis community in 2040. They will act as an ongoing tool to measure the appropriateness and effectiveness of future initiatives and results.
The current Comprehensive Plan established a Vision and Guiding Principles for the City; as realities of the City have changed over time, we are taking this opportunity to revisit and reevaluate that Vision and Guiding Principles as a first step in the comprehensive planning process.
St. Francis 2040 will be organized into the following themes:
- Land Use
- Water Resources Management
- Parks and Open Space
- Water Supply
- Surface Water Management
The Guiding Principles will be woven throughout these themes and utilized to establish Goals and Policy Statements to serve as a guide for future decision making.
St. Francis 2040 will culminate in a number of Strategies and Action Steps that will lay out how to effectively implement and achieve the Goals and Policies established in the document. Implementation will be an on-going process, so the document will be set up in such a way so that it will be revisited and assessed through metrics, enabling local decision makers to adapt future policy as needed.