Comprehensive Plan

Goals of the Comprehensive Plan
The Clay County Community-Based Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1980 and updated in 2001. The plan reflects the aspirations of the community and changing circumstances facing it. It provides the policy, standards, and principals to guide development of cities and rural areas in a logical, efficient manner. The plan also contains Clay County’s long range plan for growth and development over the next 20 years as well as goals, policies, and the general framework to protect land use, growth areas, and transportation corridors.

Clay County Comprehensive Plan (CP) File Table of Contents 
PDF Section Page
CP Cover
Cover Page, Acknowledgments, Table of Contents i-ix
CP 11t7 I. Introduction 1-1
Community Based Planning 1-2
Project Participants 1-4
Planning Process 1-5
Plan Setting 1-6
CP F11
Figure 1-1: Planning Process 1-8
CP F14
Figure 1-4: Clay County Base Map 1-9
CP 21t19

II. Inventory and Analysis 2-1
Demographic Overview 2-2
Population 2-2
Urban and Rural 2-2
Age of Population 2-7
Race 2-9
School Enrollment 2-10
Household Characteristics 2-11
Population Projections 2-13
CP F22
Figure 2-2: Townships With Growth 2-20
CP 221t24 Housing 2-21
Housing Characteristics 2-21
Housing Needs 2-23
CP 225t34

Economic Overview 2-25
General Employment Characteristics 2-25
Labor Force 2-26
Employment 2-27
Place of Work 2-29
Income 2-30
Economic Development Activities 2-33
CP 235t51

Environmental Conditions 2-35
Geology 2-35
Soils 2-36
Vegetation 2-38
Special Animals and Plants in Clay County 2-39
Aggregate Deposits 2-40
Hydrology 2-44
Drainage 2-44
Groundwater Levels 2-44
Wellhead Source Water Protection 2-45
Lakes, Rivers, and Wetlands 2-46
Surface Water Quality 2-47
Flood Plain 2-48
Groundwater Quantity and Quality 2-49
Wind Energy 2-50
CP F27
Figure 2-7: General Soil Map Clay County, Minnesota 2-52
CP F28
Figure 2-8: Original Vegetation of Clay County 2-53
CP F29
Figure 2-9: Natural Communities and Biodiversity Significance Clay County, Minnesota 2- 54
CP F210
Figure 2-10: Major Prairie Areas in Clay County 2-55
CP F211
Figure 2-11: Aggregate Resources Eastern Clay County, Minnesota 2-56
CP F213
Figure 2-13: Prairie and Gravel Pits, Eastern Clay County, Minnesota 2-57
CP F214
Figure 2-14: Major Watersheds, Clay County, Minnesota 2-58
CP F215
Figure 2-15: Drainage Ditches, Clay County, Minnesota 2-59
CP F216
Figure 2-16: Surface and Ground Hydrology, Clay County, Minnesota 2-60
CP F217
Figure 2-17: Floodplains, Clay County, Minnesota 2-61
CP 262t71
Transportation 2-62
CP F218a
Transportation System and Planning
2-62-66
Planning Tools 2-71
Figure 2-18a: Metro Functional Classification, Clay County, Minnesota 2-72
CP F218b
Figure 2-18b: Rural Functional Classification, Clay County, Minnesota 2-73
CP F219
Figure 2-19: Planned Transportation Improvements, Clay County, Minnesota 2-74
CP 275t85

Land Use and Growth and Land Use Inventory
2-75
Planning Framework 2-75
Agriculture 2-77
Prime Agricultural Lands 2-80
Residential 2-81
Commercial / Industrial 2-83
Public / Semi-Public 2-83
Park/ Recreation 2-83
Land Use Controls 2-84
CP F220
Figure 2-20: Existing Land Use, Clay County, Minnesota 2-86
CP F221
Figure 2-21: Barnesville Existing Land Use, Barnesville, Minnesota 2-87
CP F222
Figure 2-22: Dilworth Existing Land Use, Dilworth, Minnesota 2-88
CP F223
Figure 2-23: Felton Existing Land Use, Felton, Minnesota 2-89
CP F224
Figure 2-24: Glyndon Existing Land Use, Glyndon, Minnesota 2-90
CP F225
Figure 2-25: Hawley Existing Land Use, Hawley, Minnesota 2-91
CP F226
Figure 2-26: Moorhead Existing Land Use, Moorhead, Minnesota 2-92
CP F227
Figure 2-27: Prime Agricultural Areas, Clay County, Minnesota 2-93
CP F228
Figure 2-28: Clay County Zoning 2-94
CP 31t20


III. Goals and Policies 3-1
Formulation of Goals and Policies 3-1
Planning Task Force Workshop 3-1
Barnesville Workshop 3-2
Dilworth Workshop 3-3
Ulen Workshop 3-4
County Vision 3-4
Goals and Policies 3-7
Definitions 3-7
General Goals and Policies 3-9
Citizen Participation / Public Education Goals and Policies 3-9
Intergovernmental Coordination Goals and Policies 3-10
Land Use Goals and Policies 3-10
Housing Goals and Policies 3-14
Public Facilities Goals and Policies 3-14
Transportation Goals and Policies 3-15
Economic Development Goals and Policies 3-16
CP 41t28


Natural Resources Goals and Policies 3-17
IV. Long Range Plan 4-1
Framework 4-1
Future Land Use 4-2
Planned Growth Areas 4-3
General Rural Areas 4-4
Rural Service Areas 4-4
Environmentally Sensitive Areas 4-4
Public / Semi-Public Areas 4-5
Park / Recreation Areas 4-6
Growth Management 4-7
Process 4-8
Methodology 4-8
Growth Areas 4-10
Cities Not Anticipating Growth Beyond Existing Limits 4-10
Comstock 4-11
Felton 4-12
Georgetown 4-13
Glyndon 4-14
Hitterdal 4-16
Sabin 4-17
Ulen 4-19
Cities Anticipating Growth 4-20
Barnesville 4-21
Dilworth 4-23
Hawley 4-25
Moorhead 4-27
CP F41
Figure 4-1: Future Land Use Plan, Clay County, Minnesota 4 - 29
CP F43
Figure 4-3: Planned Growth Areas Surrounding Barnesville, Clay County, Minnesota 4-30
CP F44
Figure 4-4: Planned Growth Areas Surrounding Dilworth, Clay County, Minnesota 4-31
CP F45
Figure 4-5: Planned Growth Areas Surrounding Hawley, Clay County, Minnesota 4-32
CP F46
Figure 4-6: Planned Growth Areas Surrounding Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota 4-33
CP 51t4


V. Implementation 5-1
Zoning Regulations 5-1
Subdivision Regulations 5-2
Capital Improvement Plan 5-2
Planned Growth Areas and Annexation 5-2
Citizen Involvement 5-3
Public Education 5-4
Review and Revision 5-4
Ongoing Shared Planning 5-4
CP AppA
Appendix A N/A