Preliminary Plan Review by Council Staff
The Metropolitan Council offers the option of a preliminary review of the draft local comprehensive plan update. The preliminary review process is optional, but encouraged to make your formal review process easier. The preliminary review of the local plan can help identify any major issues prior to the formal review process, which is tied to a statutory review process and timeline.
This preliminary review helps to identify missing information and allows staff from both the Council and the community to work together to resolve any potential conformance, consistency or compatibility issues. Contact your Sector Rep to see if a preliminary review would be helpful for your community.
We aim to provide preliminary review comments to you in about 30 calendar days. You can submit your plan for review beginning January 1, 2016. We will accept plans for preliminary review through September 30, 2018.
Your preliminary review can be submitted online, just like your official comprehensive plan update or a comprehensive plan amendment. See the information on How to Submit Online (PDF).
Comprehensive Plan Update Review
You must submit your plan to us for review by December 31, 2018.
When you submit your plan update, we review the plan for completeness. This step ensures that the plan includes all of the required elements and supporting information we need to evaluate it for conformance with system plans, consistency with Council policies, and compatibility with plans of affected jurisdictions. We have 15 business days to determine completeness. If we find your plan incomplete for review, our letter to you will identify the missing items, and review of the plan will be suspended until we receive supplemental information.
If your plan is found to be complete for review, we have 120 calendar days (from the day we initially received your plan) to complete our review and to take final action on your plan. Taking final action on your plan means that our committees reviewed and recommended action to the Council, and then the Council determined whether or not your plan can be put into effect.
Before going to the Council, all plans go to the Community Development Committee for their review and recommendation. If your comprehensive plan includes a Tier II Sewer Plan, it will also go to the Environmental Committee for review. Tier II Sewer Plans are required for all communities that have regional sewer service or have plans for regional sewer service in this planning period, and for all communities that operate their own wastewater treatment facilities.
Once the Council makes its determination, we will send a letter explaining their action and your next steps. We will include our staff report for your records.
You can follow your review process with the Status Tracker on your Community Page, or contact your Sector Rep with any questions.
If we find that your plan does not conform to our system plans, and it either has the potential to have a substantial impact on a metropolitan system or to represent a significant departure from a system plan, we can require you to modify your plan. A plan modification can be contested. Minnesota law defines the specific legal process for plan modifications (MN Statute 473.175) and contesting a requirement for plan modification (MN Statute 473.866).