A people-centered approach applied in St. Joseph, MN

A citizen providing comments and ideas at St. Joseph's Community Showcase in April.

St. Joseph, a city of approximately 6,700 people, is located in Stearns County in central Minnesota. The city is an hour outside of the Twin Cities and is home to the College of Saint Benedict, small local businesses, families, and industries. Residents love the city's small town feel, feeling of safety, and its close-knit community and local businesses. The city is currently working with CDG to develop their comprehensive plan update. The update is an effort to strategically plan and improve land use, housing, parks, transportation, and economic development as the city grows.

The most recent Comprehensive Plan update was completed in 2008

For this update, the City is working to listen and engage with residents to create the best comprehensive plan update possible. The city's Project Advisory Committee has hosted an open house and multiple pop-up engagement events to inform and offer residents an opportunity to voice their concerns and ideas. A website was also created to highlight the process of the plan’s update. The site provides an online questionnaire, gives background information regarding the current plan and current update, informs residents about upcoming engagement events, and provides a summary of responses received at engagement events.

Hundreds of residents have now participated in-person and online

These successful engagement events allow the City of St. Joseph and CDG to listen and understand the needs and concerns of the community. A “people-centered” approach is key to creating the most effective comprehensive plan!