Local Planning Assistance

Cities, townships and counties in the seven-county area prepare comprehensive plans as required by the Metropolitan Land Planning Act. Council staff

  • coordinate review of local comprehensive land use plans and environmental documents
  • provide professional planning and technical assistance
  • offer cities assistance for implementing local plans and programs, and help in resolving issues.
The Council supports communities in their planning process by providing

Livable Communities Program

Livable Communities grants help support participating communities in

  • cleaning up polluted land for redevelopment and new jobs
  • creating affordable housing opportunities
  • creating development or redevelopment projects that demonstrate efficient and cost-effective use of land and infrastructure, a range of housing types and costs, commercial and community uses, walkable neighborhoods, and easy access to transit and open space.

Research, statistics and geographic data

The Council's Research and Geographic Information System (GIS) groups compile and provide communities with useful planning data about demographics, economy, development trends and geographic data. More about regional statistics, data, and GIS services.

Environmental Services

The Council's environmental services group assists communities throughout the region by coordinating watershed planning and pollution prevention efforts, providing cost-effective wastewater treatment services, and much more. More about Environmental Services.

Upcoming Events
  • Transportation Plan Workshops are April 30, May 1

    Join transportation planners and policymakers at an upcoming workshop to provide your experiences with our region's transportation system and your ideas about what kind of transportation investments are most important.

    Date: 4/30/2014
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: 2 locations--see details

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  • Bottineau Transitway Draft EIS Public Hearings in May

    The Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) Notice of Availability is scheduled to be published next Friday in the April 11 edition of the Federal Register. The document will be available for public and agency comment until midnight, May 29.

    Date: 5/7/2014
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: 4 locations--see details

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