Critical to the success of providing County services in Stearns County is the balancing of rural and urban service accessibility. This includes the convenient location of important County services and the expansion of services as needed. Currently the majority of citizens feel County facilities and services adequately meet their needs. The continued success of these services will rely on careful analysis and attention to citizen needs and desires that may warrant expansion of County services.
The planning for County services falls outside of this Comprehensive Plan’s purview. However, the Comprehensive Plan’s Pillars can be a source of guidance and direction when developing department plans. The Pillars are committed to advancing equitable opportunities for all. It is important to note that a focus on equity does not mean providing equal access to the same amount of resources. Equity is focused on making sure everyone has the resources they need to lead a healthy, productive life.