County Public Works Director Rick West told county board members on Sept. 29 that the county’s long-range plan is being finalized by a review committee. Public hearings will be held in late October or early November.

“We’ve received lots of public input during the past several months,” West said, “and we’re happy to receive more public input before the final document is printed.”

Public meetings have previously offered residents of Otter Tail County an opportunity to provide feedback on the plan’s six elements of land use, public infrastructure, resilience, economy, natural resources and parks and trails. 

“Other counties in Minnesota have also conducted long-range planning and, like us here in Otter Tail County, have sought public input,” West added.

He said public participation helps ensure that Otter Tail County’s long-range plan accurately reflects the vision and goals of county residents and businesses.