Comprehensive Land Use Plan

Scope of Plan

A traditional comprehensive plan encompasses many plan elements that work together to provide a road map for a shared vision. Each plan element focuses on a targeted area of interest as identified below. For the purposes of the county’s current planning effort, it will focus only on updating the land use element. However, the land use element will take into consideration the trends and activities in each topic area since land use impacts other comprehensive planning elements.

Comprehensive Plan Elements

  • Housing – Plan element that identifies an adequate housing supply that meets existing and forecasted housing demand and a range of housing choices that meet the needs of persons of all income levels and of all age groups.
  • Transportation – Plan element that identifies future development of multiple modes of transportation such as highways, roads, bicycles, walking, railroads, air, trucking and water transportation.
  • Public Utilities – Plan element that identifies future development of utilities such as sanitary sewer service, storm water management, water supply, solid waste disposal, electric and gas supply.
  • Land Use – Plan element that guides the future development, growth and protection of resources in the communities across the county. It takes into account the vision, aspirations, values and needs of residents, businesses and visitors and relates those to the appropriate uses of land by those who live, work, recreate and visit St. Louis County.
  • Parks, Trails, Open Space – Plan elements that identifies future development of parks, trails, open spaces and recreation opportunities.
  • Natural Resources – Plan element that identifies future goals related to forests, lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, ground water, minerals, habitat, air and landscapes.
  • Economic Development – Plan element that identifies the stabilization, retention or expansion of the economic base and quality employment opportunities for all.
  • Community Facilities and Cultural Resources – Plan element that identifies historical and cultural resources and facilities used by a community such as libraries, school, police and fire departments, rescue facilities, cemeteries and other governmental facilities.
  • Active Living – Plan element that identifies an active lifestyle that influences public areas for people to visit, play or exercise that requires accessible sidewalks and paths, safe streets and trails.
  • Resiliency – Plan element that identifies the ares ability to anticipate risk, limit impact and bounce back from turbulent change or disaster.
  • Inter-Governmental Cooperation – Plan element that identifies joint planning and decision making with other jurisdictions including school districts, tribal entities, fire protection districts, lake management districts, soil and water conservation districts, and state and federal agencies.