2040 Comprehensive Plan Update

The city has begun the early stages of updating its comprehensive plan. Every ten years all local units of government, including cities, counties, and townships undertake a future planning process that forecasts the future land use and growth patterns of the community. This process is governed by the Metropolitan Land Planning Act and is done in cooperation between the local entities and the Metropolitan Council. The City of Watertown will be updating its plan to accommodate a total of 7,200 residents by the year 2040.

The city’s Planning Commission will be leading the effort of reviewing and working on the update with participation and input from the City Council, Park Commission, Economic Development Authority, and Commission on Aging. The updated plan is to be completed by the end of 2018.

The comprehensive plan contains the community’s vision for the future with goals, policies, and strategies for reaching the vision. The important components of the updated plan will influence the form, pace, and location of new development within the community. It will also promote the maintenance and enhancement of the downtown commercial core as well as other industrial and commercial nodes within the community. The plan also identifies natural resources and amenities within the community and incorporates them for use and preservation as the community expands.

As the planning process starts the city is seeking to gather public input as to their vision for the future of the community. Please visit the below links to view previous plan information, complete the community survey, or view meeting material information as the work progresses.

October Task Force Meeting
November Task Force Meeting
February Task Force Meeting  
May Task Force Meeting


Public Comment Period

 On May 24th the Comprehensive Task Force Committee reviewed the draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update. The City Council formally approved the draft and directeds its distribution for public comment. Below is a link to the full plan for public review. An open house is scheduled for November 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m and a public hearing scheduled the same evening at 6:30 p.m. for residents to provide input and formal comment on the plan in person.

2040 Comprehensive Plan FINAL DRAFT

The formal comment period starts on June 4th, 2018 with comments due back by December 4th. Comments will be reviwed the task force and City Council. You can send your comments to Mark Kaltsas, Consultant Community Development Director via email at mkaltsas@terra-mark.com or by mail to City of Watertown, PO Box 279, Watertown MN 55388.

Community Survey

A survey was mailed out and made available online to the entire community in May of 2017. The task force has used the community survey results to inform decisions and chagnes related to the plan. You can view summary survey data below.

Community Survey Results


Previous Comprehensive Plan

 Over the years, beginning in the early 1980s, the City has performed previous comprehensive plan development and updates. The last occured in 2008 and avialable on our website. To view the previous plan visit the link below.

2030 Comprehensive Plan