Public Comment for the Comprehensive Plan

The draft comprehensive plan is available for public review and comment. The Brainerd Planning Commission is looking for the community’s input on the formal draft of the plan.

In 2018 the City of Brainerd sought to update its Comprehensive Plan. Led by a diverse steering committee, the committee conducted a variety of public engagement efforts such as various community surveys, neighborhood meetings, and a community design session. Collectively, this feedback was gathered, sorted, and formed the foundation of this plan.

All comments can be submitted via e-mail to For comments regarding the Comprehensive Plan, contact David Chanski, Community Development Director, at or via phone at (218) 828-2307.

Submit your comments via the e-mail(s) above by Saturday, September 7th.

Review the flipbook version here.


Goals and policies are tools meant take steps towards implementing the community’s vision for the future, also considered the vision statement and guiding principles.

Goals represent general statement that identify community aspirations or desired conditions, and establish long range efforts for the city.

Policies describe actions made toward achieving each of the goals within the plan elements.

Public input formed the foundation of the goals and policies, and the steering committee meticulously evaluated every statement, ensuring it ready perfectly and captured the desires and voices of YOU, the community member.


Public engagement is the center piece of the Comprehensive Plan. We’ve compiled a series of summaries and reports to highlight the voices that contributed in this project, as well as tracked their ideas:

  1. Ward summary report: report
  2. Community vision session(s): input log
  3. Community survey summary: memo
  4. Focus group report: Report

You can find a list of important and useful project documents below.

2004 City of Brainerd Comprehensive Plan: The city’s Comprehensive Plan was last published in 2004. You can read the plan here: 2004 Brainerd Comprehensive Plan

2004 Crow Wing County Comprehensive Plan: Crow Wing County’s long range plan can be reviewed here: 2004_COMPREHENSIVE_PLAN_Crow Wing County

Community Survey Panel Results: As a part of the Plan update, a group of citizens, comprising of nearly 300 individuals, agreed to be a part of a survey panel. The following summary is a compilation of their responses. Community Survey Panel Results

Community Survey Results: A city-wide survey was completed and was meant to study two particular areas: livability and community context. A total of 633 responses were gathered. Click here to see the survey summary. The individual survey results can be viewed: Community Survey Responses

Community Ward Meetings: A series of neighborhood meeting were held in spring 2018 to help identify important issues that Brainerd residents face in their wards. These meetings were an effort to address future development at a neighborhood scale. A total of four meetings were held in various locations in the community. Read the summary report here: Ward Meeting Overview