Planning Resources for Communities

Comprehensive Plan forms, handbooks, and more

Sector Representatives and Planning/Technical Staff  

  • Sector Representatives act as liaisons with governments, provide assistance in preparing plans, and help in resolving issues.

  • Planning and technical staff assist communities in developing plans and special studies.


System Statements

The Council issues system statements to all metro-area communities, as required by state statute. These customized documents inform each community how it is affected by the Council's policy plans for transportation, aviation, water resources, regional parks and open space. 


Local Planning Handbook

The Handbook supports communities in developing their comprehensive plans and guides the exchange of information with the Council. It describes the expected plan content, and Council review. Click here to explore the new Local Planning Handbook.

Comprehensive Plan materials

The following materials provide guidance to local communities on amending their local comprehensive plans and submitting them to the Council for review. In addition, the Council recently adopted Thrive MSP 2040 and  2040 system and policy plans.

Plat Monitoring Program

In 2001, the Metropolitan Council initiated the Plat Monitoring Program with input from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) and MetroCities (formerly the Association of Metropolitan Municipalities). 
The objective of the Plat Monitoring Program is to measure the success of local implementation of Council policy by providing an annual report on sewered residential development in participating communities.