Watershed Driven Land-Use Planning
A one-stop shop for tools and resources for growing communities interested in taking a
holistic, watershed (regional) management approach to comprehensive land-use planning.
Benefits of this approach include reduced flooding risks, improved water quality,
increased recreational opportunties and better protected drinking water resources.
â€śPlanning, when done well, is among the most powerful tools available to communities.
A solid plan, based on good natural resource information, guides rational land use decisions,
and allows the community to consider innovative tools for resource protection with fewer
chances for legal challenges to their planning authority. The plan also sends a clear message
as to what the community values and wishes to preserve, and if well crafted, results in few
surprises to developers, local officials, or residents.â€ť
A Guide to Using Natural Resource Based Planning in Local Decision Making
State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources