What We Do

Policy, planning and essential services

Policy-making and regional governance

Our governing body – the 17-member Metropolitan Council – plays a key convening role, bringing together communities to develop policies and a shared vision and direction for the region.


The Council's Public Engagement Plan establishes principles and processes for public engagement to ground Council decisions in the needs of community stakeholders and to engage people in the decision-making process.


Advisory committees on land use, transportation and other topics provide the Council with important asssistance and advice. Advisory committees are made up of elected officials, members of the public with expertise in specific areas, and representatives of partnering organizations or specific geographic areas. 

Planning initiatives


The Council’s essential services enhance the region’s quality of life and economic competitiveness. We:

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