Dakota County has developed a draft Land Conservation Plan to help protect natural resources throughout the County for current and future generations. The plan:
- Identifies and prioritizes lands throughout the County for voluntary protection and enhanced natural resource management
- Provides for improved coordination and collaboration with other agencies and organizations on land protection and long-term natural resource management
- Evaluates potential tools and incentives to increase voluntary protection and stewardship of private lands
Draft plan for County Board consideration of adoption
The draft plan was released by the Dakota County Board of Commissioners for a 60-day public review and comment on March 24, 2020. On June 2, the Board of Commissioners extended the review and comment period for an additional 30 days to July 1, 2020. Based on comments received and County Board direction, the draft plan has been modified. Review the Land Conservation Plan - Draft.
The modified draft was presented to the Planning Commission on July 23, and will be presented to the Physical Development Committee of the Whole for consideration of adoption on Aug. 11, 2020.
The new plan builds off the success of the 2002 Farmland and Natural Area Protection Plan, which addressed the public's interest in long-term protection of natural areas, lakes and farmland.
Process & timeline
Phase 1: Start Up (July 2018-January 2019)
- Assemble planning team and develop plan scope, engagement plan and research tasks
- Seek County Board direction
Phase 2: Research & Discussion (January-July 2019)
Phase 3: Draft Plan Development (August-December 2019)
- Refine approved strategies with public and partners
- Develop draft plan
Phase 4: Plan Review & Adoption (January-May 2020)
- Review draft plan with Planning Commission (Feb. 27, 2020 presentation)
- Review draft plan with County Board on March 17, 2020 (Land Conservation Plan - Draft)
- Public review of draft plan (March 25-July 1, 2020)
- Refine and adopt plan (County Board action requested at Aug. 11 meeting)
The Trust for Public Land has drafted a feasibility analysis to explore the public funding options available to support natural resource protection and restoration of natural areas parks and greenways within Dakota County.
Conservation Finance Feasibility Study - Draft
Public engagement findings
The opinions of residents, businesses and partners were vital to the development of the draft plan. A series of meetings and surveys provided an opportunity for people to weigh-in on priority areas for the plan to address.
Read the Engagement Summary
Research on a wide range of land conservation and natural resources management topics was conducted during the second project phase. Based on the research and engagement findings, a set of potential new initiatives for the program emerged.
Read the Research Findings
Read the Potential New Initiatives