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Highlight of Stantec's Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department Strategic Plan Assessment and Recommendations


Steantec Consulting Services retained by Olmsted County to complete an assessment of the Rochester-Olmsted County Department (ROPD) published a set of game-changing recommendations.  Among other observersations is "If ever there was a Comprehensieve Plan that should be designed to be a living doucment, it is the ROPD Comprehensive Plan (6.7) of assment document."


Assessment Document

Total Document



Section 6.0 Recommendations



PB's 2016-08-25 Take


• The city and county operate under an outdated comprehensive plan and the process to update that plan, which is underway, has taken longer than expected.

• The Land Development Code was written in the 1970s and is seen as complicated, outdated and not suited to regulating dense, urban developments.

• The planning department is operating at its capacity with daily activities and lacks the capacity to engage in long-range planning, neighborhood engagement prior to major developments or other needed communications work.


• Complete and adopt the updated comprehensive plan.

• Adopt new land use and zoning regulations and amend policies to implement the updated comprehensive plan.

• Add staff capacity with the needed skills, talent and experience.

• Migrate away from the joint city-county planning model.


Planning Director Responses to Consultant Report








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DMC Impact(s): Livable City Sports, Recreation, Nature Heart of the City Discovery Square UMR and Recreation Central Station Waterfront St Marys Place

PlanScape(s): Economic Development ; Health ; Heritage Preservation ; Housing ; Neighborhood ; Recreation & Open Space ; Transportation ; Vision/Identity

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Date: 2016/08/25

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