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Hennepin County 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The comprehensive plan is an essential tool for managing long-term change and the evolution of Hennepin County from today through 2040.

Hennepin County’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan serves 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.

Full 2040 Comprehensive Plan (PDF)


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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.

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners established a comprehensive plan policy advisory committee in 2016 to provide guidance and direction for the Hennepin County 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The committee was comprised of 21 members including three county commissioners and 18 appointed members.

The collective experience and expertise of the members helped to ensure the plan is reflective of the county and responsive to community aspirations.

The policy advisory committee met throughout 2016 and 2017.

Committee meetings

June 1, 2017

Held at Hennepin County Library – Southdale, 6–8 p.m.

Meeting documents

October 26, 2017

Held at Hennepin County Library – Brookdale, 6–8 p.m.

Meeting documents

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

Idea forum 1

Held on September 29, 2016, 6–8 p.m. at Hennepin County Library – Brookdale.


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

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Idea forum 2

Held on October 27, 2016, 6–8 p.m. at Hennepin County Library – Washburn.


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

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Idea forum 3

Held on November 30, 2016, 6–8 p.m. at Hennepin County Library – Ridgedale.


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

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Idea forum 4

Held on January 5, 2017, 8:30–10:30 a.m., at the 701 Building in Minneapolis.


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

Idea forum 5

Held on January 19, 2017, 6–8 p.m. at Hennepin County Library – Brookdale.


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

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Hennepin County engaged regional thought leaders for their big-picture, future-oriented advice and paired that with what was 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)
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