2040 Comprehensive Plan

Every 10 years, the City of Golden Valley updates the long-term vision for the community’s future to incorporate new census data, projections for population and employment growth, and community preferences. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan will be crafted in 2016-2018 with the input of residents, businesses, and City Commissions. Check back often for news and information about the update process.

Feedback from residents, discussions with Commissions and the City Council, and investigation by City staff have produced an emerging theme for the Comprehensive Plan update of “Suburban Evolution”. As an inner ring suburb, Golden Valley faces many of the same challenges experienced by other communities that developed similarly: little to no undeveloped land, aging infrastructure, and competition from newer suburbs developing at the metropolitan edge. However, the City also has a number of assets which it can leverage to help it continue to evolve and to remain a strong, healthy, and desirable place to live.

With this in mind, the following priorities have helped inform the preliminary goals for each chapter as they are being developed for the new Plan:

  • support the emergence of a dynamic town center
  • showcase Golden Valley as a “green” community
  • emphasize all aspects of a multi-modal transportation system
  • strive to be more inclusive
  • make important investments in infrastructure

Comprehensive Plan Components

Community Engagement

Comp Plan Conversations
6–6:30 pm
: public open house with staff and consultants
6:30–7:30 pm: presentation and discussion with Commissioners (televised and recorded)

2040 Comprehensive Plan Update Open House
Mon, Sep 19 | 6:30–8:30 pm
GV Council Conference Room and Council Chambers
7800 Golden Valley Rd
City staff will kick off the Comprehensive Plan update process with a review of the goals and objectives from the 2030 Comprehensive Plan in order to help shape development of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

The Open House will feature stations with maps and information that address plan elements such as Land Use, Housing, Transportation, Water, Parks, and Sustainability. Residents and business owners can visit each station and provide input.

Interested individuals may also provide their views on Golden Valley by taking a brief survey. All input will go towards helping the City’s staff, Commissions, and Council Members prepare the update.

Other Community Engagement

Land Use

Many communities in the metro will see a population increase over the coming years. Existing and future land uses translate a community’s forecasted growth into where, when, and how much redevelopment occurs. It is this effort that enables effective planning for infrastructure. Other considerations include housing needs, employment patterns, recreational space, and commercial activities.

Preliminary goals for this chapter are:

  • create a complete community
  • conflicts and impacts of change
  • prepare for targeted redevelopment
  • project the environment
  • Support improved health through active living


The transportation chapter of the comprehensive plan expresses the location, limits, function, and capacity of all transportation facilities in the City, including streets and highways, trails and sidewalks, transit facilities, and railroads. It provides planning guidance over the next 10 years based on needs anticipated through 2040.

Preliminary goals for this chapter are:

  • enhance and connect the multi-modal transportation system
  • improve the functionality and safety of the transportation system for all ages and abilities
  • expand and improve the bicycle and pedestrian networks
  • enhance transit usage
  • visually integrate the transportation system

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

As bicycling and walking become increasingly popular, the City Council has made it a priority to create a bicycle and pedestrian plan to be included in the Transportation Chapter of the City's Comprehensive Plan 2040. Planning will consider Metropolitan Council guiding principles for investment in the Regional Bicycle Transportation Network in the seven county metro area. These include:

  • facilitating safe and continuous trips to regional destinations
  • overcoming physical barriers to eliminate critical gaps in the bicycle network
  • accommodating a broad range of cyclists’ abilities and preferences to attract a wide variety of users

Map of existing bicycle and pedestrian network.

Community Input

The City is soliciting community input on the bicycle and pedestrian plan as part of the Comprehensive Plan update process that will begin in late summer 2016. In addition, the City Council appointed a 10-member Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force to discuss goals, options, and potential policies and funding sources before making recommendations to the City Council.

One way to share your thoughts and ideas about biking and walking around Golden Valley is through the Interactive Bike and Pedestrian Map.

This process will be guided by a graduate-level Bike Plan Capstone Report by Urban and Regional Planning students at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Task Force

All meetings will be in the Council Conference room at City Hall from 6–8 pm. Application window is now closed.


The Water Resources Plan includes a set of coordinated policies and strategies on wastewater, surface water, and water supply. It specifies areas to be sewered by the public wastewater system and sets standards of operation, protects water quality and addresses water quantity issues, and ensures a safe and sufficient water supply now and in the future.

Preliminary goals for this chapter are:

  • sustain a healthy and viable water supply
  • improve quality of water bodies
  • reduce quantity of stormwater runoff
  • increase infrastructure capacity
  • reduce risk and impact of floods
  • protect wetlands and natural areas
  • protect groundwater resources
  • involve and educate the public

Parks and Nature Areas

Parks and open space are key contributors to the region’s livability, sustainability, and quality of life. They strengthen residents’ physical, psychological, and social well-being by providing opportunities for recreation, stress reduction, and social interaction. Natural areas provide environmental benefits by preserving natural resources, reducing air pollution, and managing storm water runoff.

Local, regional, state, and federal parks and open space areas, as well as private and nonprofit facilities, all play an important role in supporting and protecting the overall outdoor recreation system and are recognized in the comprehensive plan.

Preliminary goals for this chapter are:

  • preserve parks
  • acquire additional land
  • deliver recreation and education opportunities
  • protect and enhance open spaces and natural resources
  • grow Brookview Golf and recreation area


Providing a variety of housing choices allows people to find housing affordable to them in the communities where they want to live. A full range of housing types can help increase resiliency as communities experience changing demographics and economic conditions. The housing chapter is an opportunity to state the City’s specific policy priorities around housing choice within the community.

Preliminary goals for this chapter are:

  • maintain housing quality
  • expand the variety of housing options
  • increase housing affordability
  • encourage environmentally sustainable housing
  • advance equity in housing practices and policies

Sustainability and Resilience

As communities adjust to increasingly extreme weather events, stress on public facilities, and higher costs of services, there is growing need to not only plan for these events but to also reduce the impacts of climate change through conscious climate adaptation and resilience planning.

Sustainable development aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Resiliency is having the capacity to respond, adapt, and thrive under changing conditions. Consideration of vulnerabilities-–and responses to those vulnerabilities-–will strengthen the City’s ability to prepare for and respond to climate impacts. Resiliency includes planning for more severe weather and prolonged heatwaves, for improved health of residents, and for economic strength and diversity.

Preliminary goals for this chapter are:

  • encourage renewable energy
  • encourage waste reduction, recycling, and composting
  • encourage energy efficiency
  • enhance water quality
  • maintain/increase native vegetation
  • educate and engage the public

Economic Competitiveness

Regional economic competitiveness is a core element of the region’s sustained prosperity. Collectively, the region must provide great locations for businesses to succeed-–particularly those industries that export products or services beyond the metropolitan area and bring revenue and jobs to the region.

Economic competitiveness in the context of comprehensive planning refers to examining and strengthening the ability of the individual community as well as the entire region to compete effectively and prosper in the global economy through local activities that aim to retain, attract, and grow businesses that bring wealth into a community over many years.

Preliminary goals for this chapter are:

  • protect existing job base
  • encourage high quality development
  • provide housing and transportation options for a diverse workforce
  • support local and small businesses

Comp Plan
In A Box

Comp Plan In A Box is a small group meeting, guided by a leader, where people share ideas about the future of the place where they live, work, and play.