Land Use / MUSA

Lakeville is approximately 38 square miles in area. With a current population of over 53,000, our City is expected to grow to 76,500 by the year 2030. In order to ensure that this expected growth is well managed, the City follows an established Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

A city’s comprehensive land use plan provides a guide for how the community will grow and mature in the next 20 years. The Metropolitan Land Planning Act, a Minnesota state law since 1976, requires local governments in the seven-county Twin Cities area to develop land use plans for their communities. The plan is updated every ten years to reflect changing conditions.

Lakeville’s Comprehensive Plan update occurred in 2007-2008 and analyzed all land use pieces to create a guide for future decisions on:
  • Residential growth
  • Commercial development
  • Office/industrial development
  • Infrastructure — roads, sewer, water
  • Parks and open space
Note: The PDF files below are very large and will take extra time to download. The documents and maps are also available on CD or in paper format at City Hall.

Helpful Documents

Separate elements of the draft Comprehensive Land Use Plan can be found on the following pages of this site:

Engineering Department
  • Sanitary sewer plan
  • Water plan
  • Transportation plan
Parks & Recreation Department
  • Parks, Trails and Open Space plan


The Metropolitan Council oversees regional growth and development. In 1996, the Council established a Metropolitan Regional Blueprint, which serves as the framework for development for the Twin Cities seven-county area. Only land designated by the Metropolitan Council as being within the Metropolitan Urban Service Area (MUSA) can receive City sewer service.

Lakeville has adopted staged growth areas, which are identified on the MUSA map as expansion areas. This allows extension of sanitary sewer in approximately five-year intervals in order to manage growth within the City.

Helpful Documents

The area outside the MUSA is referred to as the Rural Service Area. Properties in this area need individual septic and well systems.