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2040 Comprehensive Plan is Underway

One of CAAPB's primary statutory responsibilities is to periodically update long range planning for the Capitol Area (Statute 15B.05). The Comprehensive Plan equips the CAAPB with the tools it needs to consistently guide physical improvements and new developments. It is a baseline against which complex proposals for action can be measured by the community and by those entrusted with decision-making. It provides a foundation for the formulation of public policy and the allocation of public resources. A comprehensive plan connects the visions and aspirations of the present with their realization in the future.

Find the existing Comprehensive Plan here, or by clicking the menu on the left.

Planning Drafts

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan is organized by a set of aspirational outcomes called The Capitol Area Principles. Each Principle will be a chapter in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, developed through extensive review of existing policy, various planning tracks and studies, and interaction with stakeholder groups. The status of each Principle chapter is included below. Each planning draft will have one of three status markers:

Planning Draft in Development: CAAPB staff is currently developing the content for this chapter.
Planning Draft Released for Review: Planning draft has been released for input from stakeholders and community members.
Planning Draft Board Approved: Planning draft was approved by the CAAPB Board and the public comment period is closed. 

Additional comments to Board approved chapters will be held until the final graphic design phase and reviewed at that time. We welcome comments on any planning draft chapter.

Next Steps

Following approval of the complete 2040 Comprehensive Plan, the Rules for Zoning and Design in the Capitol Area will be updated to bring zoning rules into conformance with the new comprehensive plan policy document.

Proposed Development Timeline

The CAAPB will approach this update to the 2040 Comprehensive Plan thorough review of existing policy documentation and contact with various stakeholder groups. The development is expected to occur over a 4-year period:

Timeline Planning

Proposed Development Timeline (PDF)

Outreach and Communication

Development of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan has been established as an update to the 1998 Comprehensive plan and 2009 Amendment. As such, a full public participation process is not required. Development of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan will involve purposeful roles of five groups at varying levels of involvement:
  • CAAPB Board Members
The 12-member Board is reposonsible for final approval of the Comprehensive Plan. Interim reviews and voting on new policy will occur at quarterly board meetings throughout the 3-year development process.
  • Comprehensive Plan Committee
The seven-member committee will be made up of four Board Members and the three CAAPB Architectural Advisors. This group will work closely with the CAAPB Executive Secretary and Principal Planner in review of relevant policy language documents; recommendation of specific polices that may require deliberation and approval of the full Board; and early reviews of the full draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
CAAPB Board Member: Mary Ann Buck CAAPB Advisor: Michael Bjornberg
CAAPB Board Member: Elaine Fink CAAPB Advisor: Denita Lemmon
CAAPB Board Member: Greg Mathis (2017-2019) CAAPB Advisor: Bryan Carlson
CAAPB Board Member: David Lanegran  CAAPB Board Member Alicia Belton (2019-2020)
  • Public Agency Technical Resources
These are individuals made up of staff from State Agencies and other stakeholders involved in developing and/or reviewing portions of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan throughout the development process. Meetings may be scheduled as needed throughout the development process.
Department of Administration
• Commissioners Office
• Enterprise Sustainability
• Facilities Management
• MNIT GIS Department
• I-94 planning team
• Transportation Program, Bikes Unit
City of Saint Paul
• Sustainability Office
MN Department of Health
Minnesota Historical Society
St Paul Smart Trips / Transit for Livable
Ramsey County
• Rice Street Redesign Engineers
  • Capitol Area Stakeholder Network
The stakeholder network includes businesses and residents within the capitol area.
For more information contact Linda Spohr Phone:  651-757-1502 Email:
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