by Mike Knaak
St. Joseph’s new comprehensive plan took one more step toward final approval with a unanimous vote of the planning commissioner Aug. 27.
The plan replaces the 2008 document.
A city’s comprehensive plan is used to guide growth and development by setting goals and identifying priorities.
The plan includes historical trends, statistics and projections.
The plan notes approximately 700 people interacted with the process to develop this plan – including about 300 people who participated at in-person activities and meetings, as well as about 300 people who participated through the plan’s online survey and about 500 visitors who downloaded information about the plan.
The plan concluded that St. Joseph’s residents value the downtown core, the vibrant arts community, welcoming public space and education and knowledge resources. Residents want the city to maintain its “small-town” atmosphere.
Following a public hearing on June 11, the commission directed the staff and consultant to address issues raised at the hearing.
In response, the community profile section on history, housing, income and education was updated.
Clemens Library under the community facilities and utilities section was added.
The draft changed the priority of exploring extension of St. Cloud Metro Bus service to high.
A section, Community Engagement, Participation and Communication was added to address comments made on community outreach and communication.
Next, the plan moves on to the City Council for a vote, probably at the Sept. 17 meeting.