Before submitting a comprehensive plan amendment to the Council for review, you must take the following steps:
Recommendation of the local planning body
Local governing body authorization for the amendment to be submitted for Metropolitan Council review
Adjacent governmental units, affected special districts, and affected school districts review
If the proposed comprehensive plan amendment is in support of a development project that meets any of the thresholds for mandatory environmental review (Minn. Rules 4410.4300, 4410.4400), the environmental review process must be completed before your amendment is submitted to the Council for review.
Adjacent Review Period
Your community must allow adjacent governments, affected special districts, and affected school districts up to 60 days to review the comprehensive plan amendment. This waiting period allows others to review and comment on the amendment before our review. If you receive written comments from all jurisdictions prior to the end of 60 days, you may submit your plan at that time. We’ve gathered an example of notification to local governments to initiate adjacent community review.
Adjacent Review Period Waiver
The Council may allow a shorter review and comment period for amendments or may waive the review and comment period if an amendment involves lands that are not contiguous to other local governmental units. This waiver must be approved prior to submittal to the Council for review. Contact your Sector Representative before completing your amendment.
For an amendment, a community may receive a waiver for the adjacent review and comment period if all of the following are met:
The amendment involves a site of 40 acres or less;
The amendment does not change the community’s growth forecasts or the TAZ allocations; and
The amendment site is either:
More than one quarter (1/4) of a mile from an adjacent jurisdiction, or
Beyond the distance or area which the community’s adopted ordinances require notice to adjacent or affected property owners, whichever distance is less.
A community may be eligible to waive the adjacent community review and comment period for a text change in your plan, whose cumulative impacts meet the criteria described above.
Remember, this waiver must be approved prior to submittal to the Council for review. Contact your Sector Representative for more information.