In January of 2017, the City of New Brighton started the process of updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan, New Brighton 2040, a long range plan that will help define and guide future growth and development of the community. The Plan was last updated in 2008.
The City Council hired Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. (HKGi), a professional consulting firm with years of experience facilitating community planning processes and preparing comprehensive plans to assist in this effort.
On May 22, 2018, after over one year of work that included numerous public engagement efforts and meetings with elected officials and volunteer City advisory commissions, the City Council authorized release of the draft New Brighton 2040 Comprehensive Plan for public review and comment. Following the mandatory six-month review period, the plan was updated to address all comments, and the Final Draft of the plan was authorized for Final Met Council review in December of 2018. The plan is currently under review by the Met Council.
To view the document, click here.
If you wish to submit feedback, please direct it to Ben Gozola, Assistant Director of Community Assets & Development via email at Ben.Gozola@newbrightonmn.gov.
The Plan is a Guide and a Tool
Once completed, New Brighton 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.
The Plan Fits in a Regional Context
All cities and counties within the seven-county Twin Cities Metropolitan Region are required to update the comprehensive plan every ten years. As required by Minnesota Metropolitan Land Planning Act (MN Statute §473), each local jurisdiction’s comprehensive plan must fit within the regional goals set forth by the Metropolitan Council. The Metropolitan Council has established their regional goals in Thrive MSP 2040 and has set projections for New Brighton. New Brighton 2040 will establish goals and actions that fit into the greater context of the Region while still focusing on the needs of the New Brighton community.
The Plan is a Dynamic Document
New Brighton 2040 is being prepared so that it will remain flexible and dynamic. This will ensure that the Plan can respond to changing needs, conditions, and emerging trends that the City may face in the future.
The Plan is Different than a Zoning Ordinance
Comprehensive Plans are:
- Broad in scope
- Principle- and Policy-oriented
- Guiding documents
- Conceptual & Idealistic
- Focused on neighborhood, community, or regional scale
- Flexible in interpretation
Zoning Ordinances are:
- Narrow in scope
- Based off of more rigid standards
- City law
- Detail-oriented & specific
- Focused on the districts & site level
Vision & Guiding Principles
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 New Brighton 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. The New Brighton 2040 Project Team is currently finalizing the Community Engagement Plan; Phase 1 of the process will focus on gathering community input to evaluate the existing Vision and Guiding Principles.
Check back in to this website soon for more details on contributing your input towards the Vision for New Brighton 2040!
New Brighton 2040 will be organized into the following themes:
- Land Use
- Environmental Protection
- Community Facilities
- Parks, Trails, Open Space, & Recreation
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.
New Brighton 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.
Drafting of the document is complete, and the City is currently awaiting approval from the Metropolitan Council to put the plan into effect. The Metropolitan Council reviews all comprehensive plans within the metropolitan area for conformance to regional system plans.