Survey to collect vision for Coon Rapids’ future

Managing Editor
Mandy has been with ABC Newspapers since 2007, when she joined the staff as the editor of the Anoka County Union. She has been the managing editor of the UnionHerald and Blaine Spring Lake Park Life since 2014.

The city of Coon Rapids has some important questions for its residents.

As part of drafting its 2040 comprehensive plan, city staff are gathering feedback from the people who live and work in Coon Rapids.

An online survey can be found at www.coonrapidsmn.gov/436/Comprehensive-Plan.

It features 12 questions focused on what people like most and least about the city, along with gathering input on desired changes in housing, transportation and employment over the next 10 years.

Public input will also be gathered at community events throughout the summer, including the Summer in the City meetings, the farmers market and summer music concerts.

“City staff will analyze and summarize the comments received once we are done gathering input (throughout the summer) and make sure the comp plan is reflective of what the public wants,” said Stephanie Ring, communications coordinator for the city of Coon Rapids.

Every 10 years, cities are required to submit a comprehensive plan to the Metropolitan Council, a regional planning agency.

“A local comprehensive plan represents a community’s vision of how it wants to grow and change – how it will develop its land, redevelop older areas, ensure adequate housing, provide roads and sewers, protect natural areas and meet other community objectives,” according to the Met Council.

Already, trends are emerging from Coon Rapids’ survey results.

“Early feedback shows long-term priorities such as redevelopment along Coon Rapids Boulevard, which continues to be important. We are getting feedback on what is important related to housing, transportation and other community needs,” Ring said.

The online survey will be live through the end of May.

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