Designed and implemented county-wide stakeholder engagement for this comprehensive update. The revised Master Plan will guide proper waste management within Dakota County for the next 20 years, and include strategies to divert waste from the landfill and comply with state mandates and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Policy Plan.
Key commitments were to engaging across the spectrum of diversity, building stakeholder relationships to support successful long-term implementation, using stakeholder input and feedback to shape decisions, and ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the process.
Multilingual stakeholder information was provided via paper and digital platforms including newsletters, social media, website, partner publications, and similar. Stakeholder input was gathered via in-person workshops and interviews for key groups including municipalities, school districts, haulers, and facilities, and via online surveys in four languages. Stakeholder contributions shaped new draft solid waste strategies prepared with Foth Infrastructure and Environment, and feedback on those strategies drive the final Plan content and implementation.