2007 Comprehensive Plan

The updated Comprehensive Plan was approved by the City Council on August 6, 2007. The Comprehensive Plan establishes a vision for conservation and development in the City of Winona over the next 10 to 15 years.


The primary Comprehensive Plan working group was a 13-member Steering Committee appointed by the Mayor. The Steering Committee worked directly with City staff and URS, representing a broad range of interests and experience to provide close citizen oversight of the process. Public involvement was broadened through nine subcommittees covering the following topics:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Downtown
  • Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Historic Preservation
  • Housing
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Riverfront
  • Transportation

These subcommittees provided input to the Steering Committee on the key goals and objectives relating to their topics. Roughly 85 people participated in subcommittee meetings, not counting City Council members, City staff and the 15 people that at some time served on the Steering Committee.

Public Input

The Public had opportunities to be involved via open houses organized by URS. These events informed the public as to the progress being made and solicited public input. Each Plan was subject to public hearings in front of the Planning Commission and the City Council. Those public hearings were held on July 23, 2007 and August 6, 2007, respectively.

Planning Process

The planning process began late in 2005, though substantively began in February, 2006 with the selection of URS as the consultant.

Information Provided

The Plan examines the City’s conditions, strengths and needs and contains a series of recommendations in several areas including:

  • Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Housing and Transportation
  • Land Use

Examples of current challenges addressed include a need for industrial land, condition of housing stock and transportation issues caused by the rail line will be addressed in this process.

Riverfront & Downtown Areas

The Comprehensive Plan expands into two areas - Riverfront and the Downtown. The Riverfront and Downtown Revitalization plans draw on Comprehensive Plan goals and objectives to plan for more specific initiatives, including development sites, parking areas and downtown streetscape.


Contact Us

Please contact City Planner Carlos Espinosa at 507-457-8250 with any questions.