Municipal Consent

Local review of project plans

A Minnesota state law (Minn. Stat. 473.3994) requires municipal consent, which means local approval of an LRT system’s physical design components including tracks, bridges, stations, roads and support structures. The municipal consent process allows for public input on the preliminary design plans. Input can come at the public hearings that each city and Hennepin County will hold, by email, online submissions or written comments. For each city, public comments should focus on the physical design of the LRT alignment within the municipality.

Public Hearings

On January 19, 2016, the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority held a public open house and joint public hearing at the Minneapolis Central Library in downtown Minneapolis.

By early March 2016, the five corridor cities’ councils, the Hennepin County board and the railroad authority would need to act on plans for their jurisdictions. Each city and the county will announce the dates, times and locations of their municipal consent meetings on their websites. About public hearings

How to Comment

The Metropolitan Council accepted comments through January 29, 2016. Comments to the cities along the proposed LRT alignment or to Hennepin County may be submitted in writing, by email, or by speaking at a public hearing. How to comment on the plans

What's In the Plans

The design plans contain detailed information on all physical components of the proposed LRT line. The Metropolitan Council has prepared a guide to help locate information in the plans. What's in the plans

Reviewing Design Plans

The public can view the plans beginning December 16, 2015 in the Blue Line Extension Project Office in Crystal, at libraries and public offices along the corridor, and on this website. Review design plans