Long Range Planning


NEW! The City of Moorhead Comprehensive Plan: Onward Moorhead!

The City of Moorhead has partnered with the Stantec Consulting team to facilitate the comprehensive planning process for the city along with subconsultants Toole Design and Folkways.  Learn more at the City of Moorhead Comprehensive Plan: Onward Moorhead! webpage.

Comprehensive Plans

If you want to see our community’s vision for growth, look over the City of Moorhead Comprehensive Plan, which provides the framework for growth and development.  The Comprehensive Plan outlines the policies, standards and principles that serve as the basis for updating the City’s zoning, subdivision and other development standards and establishes long-term community goals.

Downtown Plan

Read and learn more about the Downtown Moorhead Master Plan here.  Thank you Downtown Moorhead, Inc.!

Growth Area Plan

Moorhead and surrounding growth areas are guided by Growth Area Plans which specifies where future streets, parks, businesses and homes are anticipated to be located.  North Moorhead growth areas were studied in 2007.  The south and east growth areas of the City were studied in 2004 and updated as part of the 2009 Update of the City of Moorhead Comprehensive Plan and 2016 Growth Area Plan Report.

Alternative Urban Areawide Review

The Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) is an environmental review for future development projects within the Growth Area Plan.  It inventories environmental and cultural resources, identifies potential cumulative impacts of one or more development scenarios and focuses on effective mitigation strategies.

2018 AUAR's:

Previous AUAR's:


A copy of these plans are on file at the City of Moorhead Planning and Zoning Office - 4th Floor of City Hall, 500 Center Avenue, Moorhead, MN.