Winona 2045 Comprehensive Plan

HKGi and the City of Winona are currently completing the final phases of the planning process, with the final plan set to be reviewed and approved in early Spring, 2024.  The 2045 Comprehensive Plan will help usher in a new era in the city’s ongoing development by recalling some of the best ideas of the past while embracing tools and ideas that position the city to continue to be a vibrant economic and cultural center for southeastern Minnesota.

The 2045 Comprehensive Plan provides guidance on several topics from a perspective that is unique to Winona.  The Homes & Neighborhoods chapter, for instance, pays special attention to Winona’s housing and neighborhood context, which are influenced by the city’s setting. Most of the city lies on an island in the Mississippi River, while those areas not on the island are nestled mostly in the bluffs to the west.  As a manufacturing and shipping center, the Economic Development chapters addresses issues in a manner that is unique to the city.  Chapters covering Arts & Culture, Heritage Preservation, and Environment & Sustainability are likewise heavily influenced by the city’s landscape, its development patterns, and its history.

A special chapter is dedicated to providing detailed planning guidance for Winona’s Downtown and Riverfront. Implementation strategies addressing nine overarching goals and respective objectives for each address issues such as access, placemaking, beautification, parks, parking management, and communication and collaboration with downtown land owners, business owners, and neighborhood groups.

The Plan even includes a chapter identifying five Influential Projects that, once implemented, will have substantial impacts on the community and its development direction for decades to come.  Projects include development of the Riverfront Trail; Incubator Spaces; Additional Housing Choices; new Municipal Facilities; and a new Winona State University Fieldhouse. Each topic is addressed in greater detail and is intended to provide an in-depth set of considerations as each project is pursued and planned.

Highlights

New Land Use Maps and streamlined land use categories that offer greater flexibility

Recommendations to revise development policies and codes to allow a return to traditional development patterns that provide the foundation for Winona’s historic neighborhoods

Each chapter includes a summary on how intiatives address Equity, Technology, and Sustainability issue and objectives

Renewed focus on creating a vibrant, attractive, walkable, and bike-able Winona


Location

Winona, Minnesota

Client

City of Winona

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