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
  • Community Development Brown Bag Lunch August 1

    Join Council Members and Community Development Division staff for an informal lunch gathering to discuss a variety of community development topics.  This monthly brown bag lunch is the first Friday of the month from 12-1pm, and it is open to the public.

    Date: 8/1/2014
    Time: 12:00 PM
    Location: Mears Park, St. Paul
    Meet at N Sibley and Sixth streets

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  • Information Session on Brownfield Resources, August 28

    Learn more about local public financing programs that assist with the cost of cleaning up and redeveloping contaminated sites.

    Date: 8/28/2014
    Time: 10:30 AM
    Location: Maplewood Library
    Community Program Room
    3025 Southlawn Drive
    Maplewood MN 55109

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