What is your wish for Owatonna in the next 20-30 years? Do you want to see more jobs and businesses? What do you think of the business environment in Owatonna -- what would you change, add, get rid of? Are you interested in more ways to get around by walking, biking, or transit? Are there enough housing options where you want to live? What about parks, public art, and community-building events?
A Comprehensive Plan is a guiding framework that helps city leaders, developers, business owners, and citizens make decisions about how a city will grow over the next 20+ years. Community engagement and input throughout the process is essential to determine the vision of the community. The Imagine Owatonna Comprehensive Plan will include numerous topics that are important to communities including: Land Use, Housing, Downtown, Business and Jobs, Parks and Public Space, Transportation, Utilities, Environment and Natural Resources as well as market and demographic information.
In order to facilitate this process, The City has hired Stantec, who has completed dozens of Comprehensive Plans in Minnesota, in addition to numerous plans through out the Country. During this project you will see Phil Carlson, Lauren Walburg, and Jay Demma as our main contacts. They will be having conversations and facilitating events through out the next 12-18 months.
We hope that you are wanting to Influence the direction of Imagine Owatonna, the city’s 2050 Comprehensive Plan. We are just at the beginning so your input will directly impact the vision for your city!
In person events will also be a staple within this process. Smaller focus groups have started and will continue. Community wide events will begin in August. Click on the photo above to find out more and take a brief survey.