Hennepin County 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The county is updating its comprehensive plan, an essential tool for managing long-term change and the evolution of Hennepin County from today through 2040. Hennepin County’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan will serve as an overarching policy framework to ensure that Hennepin County meets its stated mission to enhance the health, safety and quality of life of residents and communities in a respectful, efficient and fiscally responsible way.

Metropolitan Council is forecasting that the seven-county region will add approximately 802,000 people, 374,000 households, and 489,000 jobs by 2040. Of the projected regional growth, Hennepin County’s share is expected to be 32 percent of the population growth, 33 percent of the household growth, and 48 percent of the job growth. Accommodating this growth has the potential for significant impacts to Hennepin County services and infrastructure.

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What is a comprehensive plan?

A comprehensive plan creates a long-term vision for how a community will grow and change over the next 20 years. The comprehensive plan typically includes a set of policies, goals, and strategies to guide growth and investments in facilities and services to achieve the long-term vision.

Minnesota law requires that all cities, counties, and townships within the seven-county metropolitan region update their comprehensive plan every ten years. In addition, the Metropolitan Council is required to prepare a regional development plan and related systems plans for transportation, water resources, and parks and open space. In 2015, the Metropolitan Council also prepared a policy plan for housing and water supply. The purpose of this process is to ensure the orderly and efficient growth and development within the seven-county metropolitan area.

Policy advisory committee

The Board of Commissioners established the Comprehensive Plan Policy Advisory Committee in 2016 to provide guidance and direction for the 2040 Hennepin County Comprehensive Plan. The committee is composed of 21 members including three county commissioners and 18 appointed members. The collective experience and expertise of the members will ensure the plan is reflective of the county and responsive to community aspirations.

The policy advisory committee will meet throughout 2016 and 2017.

Past meetings

June 1, 2017

6 to 8 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Southdale
7001 York Avenue, Edina

Meeting documents

October 26, 2017

6 to 8 p.m.
Hennepin County Library — Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center

Meeting documents

Idea forums

The policy advisory committee is hosting a series of idea forums where experts on a wide variety of topics were invited to share what they think the county should do to better serve residents today and to prepare for changes coming in the next 25 years.

Idea forum 1

September 29, 2016
6 to 8 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center


  • Tawanna Black, Northside Funders Group
  • Tom Fisher, University of Minnesota
  • Patrick Hamilton, Science Museum of Minnesota

Watch videos of the forum

Idea forum 2

October 27, 2016
6 to 8 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Washburn
5244 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis


  • Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer
  • Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health
  • Anu Ramaswami, University of Minnesota

Watch videos of the forum

Idea forum 3

November 30, 2016
6 to 8 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka


  • Sharon Sayles Belton, Thomson Reuters
  • Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota
  • Peter Frosch, Greater MSP

Watch videos of the forum

Idea forum 4

January 5, 2017
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
701 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis


  • Judy Regenscheid, Assistant County Administrator — Operations
  • Jennifer DeCubellis, Deputy Administrator — Health & Human Services
  • Mark Thompson, Assistant County Administrator — Public Safety

Idea forum 5

January 19, 2017
6 to 8 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center


  • Sharon Pierce, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Deidre Schmidt, CommonBond
  • Charlie Zelle, Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation

Watch videos of the forum


We engaged regional thought leaders for their big-picture, future-oriented advice and paired that with what we learned from cities and their on-the-ground engagement efforts with residents.


Public hearing

  • November 15, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center, Board Room (A-2400)
    300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis
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