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Wright County approves Highway 12 corridor land use plan
Feb. 14, 2011
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By Ivan Raconteur
Herald Journal Editor

BUFFALO, MN – After months of planning, discussion, and meetings, the Highway 12 corridor land use plan is complete and was improved by Wright County Board during Tuesday’s meeting.

Tom Salkowski, Wright County zoning administrator, provided a brief summary of the process that led to the plan’s completion.

It began last spring with a series of open house meetings.

More meetings were conducted in November and December, and changes resulting from input received during those meetings were incorporated into the final version of the plan.

Salkowski said the Highway 12 corridor plan was the third and final phase in updating the county’s overall land use plan.

The purpose of the plan is to:

• articulate the county’s long-range vision, and provide specific policies that address current issues.

• address physical planning issues, such as land use and resource protection.

• identify key issues, set goals, and define policies to achieve the goals. This provides the legal basis for land use control and a link to Wright County’s zoning and subdivision ordinances.

• guide Wright County staff, planning commission, county board, township boards, city councils, private property owners, and developers in decisions related to land use planning in the Highway 12 corridor.

Salkowski said there is still work to do, but the plan will provide a framework for future planning.

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