The Wahpeton 2040 Comprehensive Plan will describe the long-term vision for the City of Wahpeton, giving direction for the city’s growth in the coming decades. It will contain common goals that guide development and set policies for land use, transportation, capital facilities, parks and recreation, economic development, and other categories. The project also includes two “subarea plans” to provide more detailed direction for the continued development of City’s two mixed-use areas: downtown and the Westdale/Bypass Corridor area.
The City of Wahpeton is updating their comprehensive plan so community goals and policies can better reflect changes in development since the last plan was approved in 2011. The project will take approximately 12-15 months with the intent of adopting the new plan by February 2022. Public involvement is vital to the success of the project and community survey, stakeholder interviews, and a technical advisory committee made up of local experts will guide the creation of the plan.
“The comprehensive plan shall be a statement in documented text setting forth explicit goals, objectives, policies, and standards of the jurisdiction to guide public and private development within its control. (NDCC 40-41-03)
A comprehensive plan is a local government document that provides the basis for policy decisions. It details a community’s vision for future development and describes the tools needed to achieve long-range planning objectives. North Dakota Century Code (40-47-03, 40-48-02) enables cities to develop and implement comprehensive or master plans. State statute also requires cities to maintain a comprehensive plan as a prerequisite for zoning. Comprehensive plans do not contain binding regulation themselves, but instead provide foundation and direction so that community development, public investments, new ordinances, and other City initiatives adhere to both the public vision and best practices. Comprehensive plans need to be periodically updated to reflect changes in the community.
Community Development Director
Wahpeton Public Works Director
Matt Lower, MURP, CGW
Project Manager & Planning Manager
Damon DeVillers, PE
Brian Reinarts, ASLA
Assistant Project Manager
Christopher Shires, AICP
Small Area Planner