What We Do

Policy, planning and essential services

Policy-making and regional governance


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.


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.

Planning initiatives


The Council’s essential services enhance the region’s quality of life and economic competitiveness. We:

Investing in the region

See how Council investments in transit, parks, communities, clean water, and housing benefit communities throughout the region

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