Policy, planning and essential services
The Council's Public Engagement Plan establishes principles and processes for public engagement to ground Council decisions in the needs of community stakeholders and to engage people in the decision-making process.
COUNCIL INVESTMENTS IN THE REGION
Our governing body – the 17-member Metropolitan Council – plays a key convening role, bringing together communities to develop policies and a shared vision and direction for the region.
Advisory committees on land use, transportation and other topics provide the Council with important assistance and advice. Advisory committees are made up of elected officials, members of the public with expertise in specific areas, and representatives of partnering organizations or specific geographic areas.
Thrive MSP 2040 engaged residents to create a shared vision for the region and maximize opportunities for growth and prosperity.
Our regional planning initiatives encompass community planning, housing, parks, transportation, and wastewater and water services.
2013 studies examined the best ways for the Council to help boost the Twin Cities economic strength for the future.
The Council’s essential services enhance the region’s quality of life and economic competitiveness. We:
Operate Metro Transit, Metro Mobility, and
Transit Link services. Our strategic investments support a growing network of bus and rail transitways, and transit-oriented development.
Collect and treat wastewater at rates 40% lower than peer agencies, while winning national awards for excellence.
Work to ensure adequate clean water for the future, through our water supply planning
and lake and river monitoring programs.
Plan for future growth in partnership with communities and the public.
Plan, acquire and develop a world-class regional parks and trails system.
Provide affordable housing for qualifying low-income residents.
See how Council investments in transit, parks, communities, clean water, and housing benefit communities throughout the region.
See the Council's 2016 Accomplishments.
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More about the Council’s divisions and departments.