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Comprehensive Policy Plan

"Be it further resolved, that the Comprehensive Policy Plan is intended to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community and to be a guide for public and private decision makers to use in the making of decisions which determine the future growth and development of the City."
-August 28, 1995, Fargo City Resolution

The Comprehensive Policy Plan consists of over 80 policy statements which, taken together with identified supporting plans, promote the orderly and desirable development of the city.

Committees that are made up of both public officials and private citizens have created this policy document.  It was last revised in August 1995.  The Comprehensive Policy Plan contains statements on the topics identified in the following list.  You can view the full text of the policy letters online or contact the Planning Department for a full copy of the document. [online text in PDF format, with bookmarks]

Section 100: Working Spaces

101-Industrial/Economic Development 
102-General Allocation of Land
103-Good surplus of Commercial/Industrial Land
104-Public Ownership of Land for Commercial/Industrial Development
105-Coordination of Public Actions through Prioritization of Commercial/Industrial space
106-Incentives for Commercial/Industrial Development
107-Long Term Water Needs 
108-Downtown Future Use and Development
109-Critical Stability
110-Good Conveniences and Amenities
111-Downtown Traffic Access and Flow 
112-Downtown Parking 
113-Condition of the Periphery of Downtown
114-Beautification Standards for Downtown
115-Historic Preservation 
116-19th Avenue N, NDSU Land
118-13th Avenue South, River to 25th Street
119-West Acres Area
120-South University Drive
121-45th Street West Corridor
122-Other Traffic Corridors
123-Special Use Permits

Section 200: Living Spaces

201-Comprehensive Plan
202-Residential Growth Sectors
203-Area Plan Standards 
204-Residential Area Plans
205-Discourage Leapfrog Development
206-Neighborhood Structure/School Enrollment Areas
207-Strengthen Focal Points
210-Improve Housing (Building Stock)
211-Compatibility Standards
212-Integration and Standards
213-Policy Coordination 
214-Planning Coordination
215-Public Land or Facility Development
216-Minimum Green Space Standards
217-Neighborhood Participation
218-Balancing of Housing Needs
219-Mixed Use Design Standards
220-Apartment Complex Scale

Section 300: Circulation

301-Access to Arterial Streets
302-City-wide Transit 
303-Bikeway Facilities/Planning
304-Balanced Circulation Grid
305-Transportation Systems Management (TSM)
306-Pedestrian Plan
307-Traffic/Land Use Matrix

Section 400: Special Issues

401-Use of Assets 
402-Public Information Aid
403-Downtown Plan
404-Maintenance of the City Core

Section 500: Utilities

501-Joint Utility Trenching 
502-Storm Water Retention Standards
503-Metropolitan Water Authority
504-Floodplain Management
505-Home Storm Water Crossover
506-Volume-based Garbage Fees
507-Cost-Effective Utility Services
508-Utility Coordination
509-Site Runoff
510-Infrastructure Funding

Section 600: Public Spaces

601-Park Land Acquisition Guidelines
602-Park Deficient Areas
604-Amenities Plan
605-Landscape Requirements for a City of Trees
606-Major Public Facilities 
607-Boulevard Tree Planting
608-Activity Centers
609-Beautification Standards for Corridors
610-West Side Coordination
611-Siting Public Spaces

Section 700: River

701-Riverfront Coordination
702-Riverfront Park

Section 800: Process

801-Reconciling Planning Policies and Actions
802-Availability of Plans
803-Policy Review Procedure
Supporting Plans (only available offline)