Comprehensive Plan

Wahpeton, ND

Wahpeton, North Dakota, is a traditional Midwest city that lies at the headwaters of the Red River of the North, a wide river valley with some of the most fertile agricultural land in the world. Located about 50 miles south of Fargo-Moorhead, Wahpeton is the regional hub for the Wahpeton-Breckenridge "Twin Towns" agricultural region that encompasses southeastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. In 2009-2010, HKGi facilitated a complete rewrite of the City of Wahpeton's Comprehensive Plan, last updated in 1997. Located in North Dakota's southeast corner, Wahpeton and its Minnesota neighbor, Breckenridge, have a combined population of 11,000.

Wahpeton's new 2030 Comprehensive Plan addresses significant changes and trends since 1997, including land acquisition for flood protection, completion of a new levee, land annexations, struggling downtown district, establishment of a new retail area on the City's edge, population loss, growth in senior population, and changing housing needs. HKGi's comprehensive planning process gathered input through stakeholder listening sessions and community visioning sessions to help identify community assets, challenges and opportunities for the future. The Comprehensive Plan establishes a strong future vision for Wahpeton as a "community for a lifetime." Since the community's population has experienced declines since the 1980s and is not projected to grow significantly in the future, the new plan is founded on a three-pronged approach to future development and public investments. The land use plan advocates for a growth management plan that balances between infill development, reinvestment/redevelopment, and new development as well as phasing of growth areas. The plan includes an implementation plan that identifies and prioritizes ten action steps to achieve the plan's vision and goals.