Comprehensive Plan

Stearns County, MN

HKGi conducted the planning process to update the Stearns County Comprehensive Plan, which included a robust public engagement effort featuring visual communications, branding, and online communications design by CivicBrand. Engagement efforts have included pop-up meetings at community events across the County; student design competition with area youth; township listening sessions; and a custom-designed project website that will host an easily navigable online version of the plan for future use.

The plan is built around a framework of five pillars that the community indicated were key to planning for a predominantly rural county with a chapter devoted to each: Living(land use and housing); Agriculture (uses, clean energy, and agritourism); Nature (natural resources, parks and recreation, and sustainability); Business (economic development and education); and Connectivity (broadband access, transportation, and county resources).