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Gaylord 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update

Project Background

The City of Gaylord is beginning the process of updating the city’s 2000 – 2020 Comprehensive Plan, which is a long-range plan that helps define and guide the future of our community. The purpose of this project is to update the plan with current information and provide guidance for the community looking out to the year 2035. The city last updated the comprehensive plan in 2000.  

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A city’s comprehensive plan identifies a community’s long-term vision, goals, policies, strategies, and actions for guiding future changes and investments. The plan also provides key maps for guiding future development, including future land use patterns, housing development areas, new streets and improvements, parks, trails, and open spaces.

Gaylord’s current Comprehensive Plan consists of the following chapters:

  • Community Profile
  • Overall Goal and Planning Principles
  • Land Use and Community Design
  • Downtown
  • Housing
  • Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Space
  • Transportation
  • Community Resources and Public Facilities
  • Implementation / Capital Improvements Program

Here is a general overview of comprehensive planning: What is a comprehensive plan?

Project Process and Schedule

The project will involve 5 tasks consisting of:

Task 1 – Project Kick-Off

Task 2 – Community Audit & Visioning

Task 3 – Explore Future Directions

Task 4 – Prepare Updated Comprehensive Plan

Task 5 – Seek Approval of Update 2035 Plan

The project began in March and is slated for completion in late 2016/early 2017. Project calendar

Project Consultant Team

To help with updating this plan, the city has hired a professional consulting team with extensive experience facilitating community planning processes and preparing comprehensive plans. The consultant team is led by Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. (HKGi), a planning, landscape architecture, and urban design firm. Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) is providing engineering expertise for transportation, water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater planning.

Project Task Force

A Project Task Force has been selected to serve as a conduit to the community and provide guidance to the consultant team. The task force consists of 15 people from the community, representing residents, businesses, youth, city council, and city commissions/boards. It is anticipated that the Project Task Force will meet 5 or 6 times during the project.

The project kick-off meeting with the task force occurred on May 18, 2016. Consultant team’s May 18th presentation

Public Participation

A public meeting will take place in June or July. Date is still to be determined.

The consultant team is working with city staff and the project task force on additional opportunities for citizens to provide input to this project in the next couple of months.

What’s New

We will post information on this webpage as various elements of the comprehensive plan are completed in draft form.  We will also be announcing availability of materials through the city’s Facebook page, monthly newsletter, and other various city communication channels. Please check back frequently for new information. Please contact Kevin McCann, City Administrator at (507) 237-2338 or  kmccann@exploregaylord.org with any questions.