Regional Planning

Thrive MSP 2040 & the 2030 Regional Development Framework

The Council’s long-range development plan - currently the Regional Development Framework,  by 2014 to become Thrive MSP 2040  - sets the directions and guidelines for the region’s future growth and development. Local communities are served by regional systems, planned by the Council, that provide essential services  - transportation, wastewater collection and treatment, and recreational opportunities offered by regional parks.


Aligning community and regional plans

Local communities coordinate their comprehensive plans with the Council’s regional plans to achieve efficient growth and meet the needs of their residents. The Council helps communities by coordinating the review of local comprehensive land use plans and environmental documents, providing professional planning and technical assistance, offering assistance in implementing local plans and programs, and helping in resolving issues. 

More about the Council's role in community planning assistance.