The Metropolitan Council, on May 28, adopted the Thrive MSP 2040 plan, a bold new vision for growth and development that steers the region firmly on a course toward economic success and vibrancy.
Thrive MSP 2040 is a policy document the Council is required by state law to craft every 10 years as a framework for “orderly and economical” development. It serves as a foundation for coordinated and consistent planning between regional and local governments. Coordination, in turn, helps achieve efficiencies that foster affordability and livability.
Plan reflects region’s aspirations, responsibility to future generations
“Thrive reflects our concerns and aspirations, anticipates future needs in the region, and addresses our responsibility to future generations,” said Council Chair Sue Haigh.
“We’re privileged to reap the benefits of the opportunities this region has to offer: A diversified economy, educated workforce, and beautiful parks and trails. Our legacy of regional planning creates economies of scale that help us get the biggest bang for our infrastructure investments,” she said.
Unfortunately, not everyone shares in the prosperity.
“Thrive provides policy direction on infrastructure investment and lends guidance to communities on local planning efforts,” said Haigh. “But it also aspires to better connect residents to opportunity with a focus on equity--so that the rising tide will lift all boats, not just a few.”
Thrive responds to changing region, changing needs
The Council forecasts more than 800,000 additional residents by 2040 and more than 500,000 more jobs. In addition, the region is aging rapidly. More than one in five residents will be age 65 and older in 2040, compared with one in nine in 2010. By 2040, 40% of the population will be people of color, compared with 24% in 2010.
Thrive MSP identifies five key outcomes for the Twin Cities metro area to strive for over the next decades:
Stewardship: Manage the region’s natural assets and financial resources.
Prosperity: Invest in infrastructure and amenities that enhance the region’s ability to compete.
Equity: Connect all residents to opportunity so they can share in the benefits, as well as the challenges.
Livability: Focus on creating quality of life and experiences.
Sustainability: Protect our regional vitality for generations to come.
Grounded in engagement and efficiency
The regional plan reflects more than two years of outreach, discussion and deliberation among Council members, local officials, the region’s residents, and business and community organizations.
The Thrive plan is grounded in the principles that led to the creation of the Council nearly 50 years ago: efficiency, collaboration and accountability. Municipalities can provide abundant choices, accommodate residents in different life stages, and meet local needs as they evolve.
“I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again: It’s the region’s commitment to planning and regional cooperation, and its long history of civic engagement that makes the Twin Cities region the place we’re so proud to call ‘home’,” said Haigh.
Policies in Thrive MSP 2040 address:
Approaches to new development and redevelopment in the region.
The growing need to preserve and maintain aging infrastructure, including highways, wastewater, and multifamily housing.
Strategies for encouraging development near transit investment.
The role that our quality of life plays in attracting and maintaining talent.
The value of housing and transportation choices.
New planning challenges and opportunities based on anticipated regional needs.
Environmental challenges and considerations, including natural resources, water supply, water management, and climate change.
Development and engagement practices that are equitable and empower communities to intentionally support prosperity for all residents.
For more information, visit the ThriveMSP web page.