Land Use Plan Update

Approved Plan

The  Land Use Plan was approved on December 18, 2018.  A PDF document of the Land Use Plan is available here.  The appendices for the plan are available in the following links:   

About the Plan

Blue Earth County has partnered with SRF Consulting to update the current Land Use Plan which was adopted in 1998. The Land Use Plan is the guiding document that helps the County grow and develop in a manner that meets the needs of the County and its residents. The plan will serve as a basis for making decisions on future land use regulations and development. A Land Use Plan helps to guide residential and economic growth within the County while also accommodating environmental and agricultural needs. The Blue Earth County Land Use Plan is a county-wide effort that engages residents, business leaders, and other important community partners to help establish a common vision, develop priorities and identify the necessary steps that will help ensure the County reaches its full potential in years to come.

Project Documents

Project Updates and Alerts

You can sign up for email or text message alerts for meetings and project updates by subscribing to "Land Use Plan Alerts" in the Notify Me section of this website.

Public and Regional Meeting

One of the most important components to any Land Use Plan update are the public meetings. Public participation and input is vital to ensure the updated plan reflects the needs of our residents. We encourage all residents of Blue Earth County to attend both of the Public Meetings as well as the Regional Focus Meeting for your area. Your feedback is extremely valuable to the process. 

Specific dates, times, and locations of all of the future meetings have not yet been determined. Please check back to this site for specific information and project updates throughout the course of the project.    The following list shows the meetings: 

  • May 4, 2017 Regional Focus Group Meeting
    •  Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center 
  • May 11, 2017 Regional Focus group Meeting
    • Eagle Lake - Eagle Lake City Hall 
  • May 30, 2017 Regional Focus Group Meeting
    • Mapleton - Cafeteria of the Maple River Senior High School
  • June 8, 2017 Regional Focus Group Meeting
    •  Amboy- Snowbird's Meeting Hall 
  • September 24, 2018 Public Input Meeting
    • Blue Earth County Government Center - 410 S 5th St. Mankato - 6:00 to 8:00 PM


Study Review Committee

During the initial phase of this process County Planning staff worked with SRF to identify potential Study Review Committee (SRC) members. The SRC is a group of 10-12 individuals that represent various agencies or interest groups within Blue Earth County. The main goal of the SRC is to bring attention to any current issues or future concerns that affect their respective agencies or groups. In addition, all SRC members are tasked with reviewing all materials prior to public release, participate in four scheduled committee meetings, help guide the development of the Community Survey and the Land Use Plan. Most importantly, the SRC will be advocates for the pubic and the overall process.