Comprehensive Plan Update

About the Plan 

Benton County has partnered with Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. (HKGi) to update the current Comprehensive Plan which was last updated in 2006. The Comprehensive 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 Comprehensive Plan helps to guide residential and economic growth within the County while also accommodating environmental and agricultural needs. The Benton County Comprehensive Plan is a county-wide effort that engages residents, townships, 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.

Public Open House Events and Focus Group Meetings

One of the most important components to any Comprehensive 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 Benton County to participate in a community discussion by attending Public Open House Events. 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.  

Focus group meetings were held with the following groups in July and August 2018:

  • Benton County Township Officials
  • Benton County Parks Commission
  • Environmental Representatives
  • Benton County Public Service Representatives
  • Benton County Farm Representatives
  • Benton County Planning Commission
  • City of Foley
  • Economic Development Representatives

October 30, 2018: A work session was held with the Benton County Commissioners and Benton County Planning Commission.

December 13, 2018: Individual meetings were held with the City of Foley, Rice, Royalton, Sartell and Langola Township to review Urban Growth Boundaries.

December 18, 2018: Director Achman discussed Urban Growth Boundaries with the Rice Planning Commission.

December 19, 2018: HKGi and Director Achman were invited to discuss Urban Growth Boundaries with Langola Township residents.

January 16, 2019: HKGi and Director Achman held listening sessions for township officials at Watab Town Hall and St. George Town Hall. The PowerPoint presentation is available here.


February 5, 2019: HKGi and Director Achman will present an update on the status of the Comp Plan to the County Board.

February 21, 2019: An update of the Comp Plan will be presented to the Township Officials at their Township Officers Meeting at Watab Town Hall.

Chapter Review

In October 2018, the Benton County Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission meet to review a draft of the Vision, Goals and Policies for the Comprehensive Plan based on the feedback provided by the focus groups.  Below is the revised draft based on these meetings:

DRAFT - Ch. 3 Vision, Goals and Policies 
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We would appreciate your comments, questions or concerns on the Draft Vision, Goals and Policies chapter.  Please follow the link below to assist us in our review:

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Additional focus group meetings will be held in 2019.

Benton County Comprehensive Plan Study Area

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