The Council develops the regional comprehensive development plan that helps guide the future growth of the region. The current plan is the 2030 Regional Development Framework, adopted in 2004. The Council is laying the foundation for a new plan, called Thrive MSP 2040, to be adopted in 2014.
The Council also develops more specialized regional plans for transportation, parks, and water resources. The Council coordinates these plans with the long-range comprehensive plans of local communities, and assists communities in their planning efforts.