Comprehensive Plan

About the Plan

Nicollet County partnered with SRF Consulting to update the previous Comprehensive Plan (PDF), which was adopted in 1985. A variety of land use, socioeconomic, and policy changes have occurred since the adoption of the plan. The updated Plan is reflective of these changes and thoroughly examines the county's vision, goals, policies, and implementation measures. The Plan provides a useful tool as the county makes decisions over the next 20 years. Changes in agricultural practices, local, state and federal policy updates, economic drivers and public sentiments affect the way land is used in the County, and these changes are reflected in the updated Plan. The path to successfully addressing these changes was the development of the Comprehensive Plan, founded upon meaningful public engagement. It considers the connected facets of county operations – from land use to transportation to natural resources.

Project Documents

Nicollet County Comprehensive Plan - Adopted 1/05/2021

Nicollet County Comprehensive Plan - Appendix A

Press Release for Public Review of Nicollet County Comprehensive Plan Draft

Draft - Nicollet County Comprehensive Plan Appendix

Plan Update Schedule (PDF)

Project Updates and Alerts

You can sign up for email or text message alerts for meetings and project updates by subscribing to "Comp Plan Alerts" in the Receive Notifications section of this website. You can also visit the Facebook Page for details.

Regional Meetings

One of the most important components to any Comprehensive Plan update are the public meetings. Public participation and input is vital to ensure the updated plan reflects the needs of our residents. We encourage all residents of Nicollet County to attend the Regional Focus Meeting for your area. Your feedback is extremely valuable to the process.

The specific dates and locations of all of the Regional meetings are listed below. All meetings will start at 6:00 PM with a presentation and end at 8:00 PM.

View the meeting presentation (PDF).

Project Management Team 

During the initial phase of this process County Planning staff worked with SRF to identify potential Project Management Team (PMT) members. The PMT is a group of 10-12 individuals that represent various agencies or interest groups within Nicollet County. The main goal of the PMT is to bring attention to any current issues or future concerns that affect their respective agencies or groups. In addition, all PMT members are tasked with reviewing all materials prior to public release, participate in four scheduled committee meetings, help guide the development of the Community Survey and the Comprehensive Plan. Most importantly, the PMT will be advocates for the pubic and the overall process.