Regional Planning

Thrive MSP 2040

Our long-range development plan — Thrive MSP 2040 — sets the directions and guidelines for the region’s future growth and development. Local communities are served by regional systems, planned by the Met Council, that provide essential services — transportation, wastewater collection and treatment, and recreational opportunities offered by regional parks.

Thrive MSP 2040 sets the policy foundations for the systems and policy plans developed by the Met Council:

Aligning community and regional plans

Local communities coordinate their comprehensive plans with the Met Council’s regional plans to achieve efficient growth and meet the needs of their residents. We help communities by coordinating the review of local comprehensive land use plans and environmental documents, providing professional planning and technical assistance, offering assistance in implementing local plans and programs, and helping in resolving issues. Find more about our role in community planning assistance.

Regional Economic Framework

The Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Regional Economic Framework provides a shared vision for the Twin Cities region to lead the world in inclusive economic growth by welcoming all voices, empowering talent, and igniting innovation. The framework is a collaborative effort between the Metropolitan Council, Greater MSP, and the Center for Economic Inclusion to position the region to be eligible for funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.