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.
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. The Local Planning Handbook is currently being reviewed and updated.
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 will be adopting 2040 system and policy plans in late 2014 and early 2015. Between now and the time that local comprehensive plans are due at the end of December 31, 2018.
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.