Municipal Consent

Local review of preliminary design plans

Municipal consent is process of local review and approval by communities affected by a transit project, and is required under Minnesota law (Minn. Stat. 473.3994). During municipal consent, the public is also invited to review preliminary design plans and provide comments directly to local governments or to the Metropolitan Council.

The Southwest LRT Project received municipal consent approval twice: once in 2014, and again in 2015 for a revised project scope including design changes in several areas along the LRT route.

2015 Municipal Consent Process

2015 Municipal Consent Approval

In July 2015, the Metropolitan Council approved a revised scope for the Southwest LRT project, reducing the estimated cost of the project by approximately $250 million. The revised project scope includes design changes in several areas along the proposed LRT route. In light of these changes, the Council sought municipal consent from Hennepin County and the five cities along the proposed LRT route.

The 2015 municipal consent process ended with the approval of revised preliminary design plans by Hennepin County in August 2015 and by the cities of Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis in September 2015.

The Council released revised preliminary design plans for the Southwest LRT Project on July 23, 2015. The revised plans were available as PDF documents on the Southwest LRT website, and printed reference copies were available at libraries and public offices in communities along the proposed Southwest LRT route.

Public Hearings

The Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) held a joint public hearing on the physical design component of the revised preliminary design plans on August 27, 2015.

Cities along the proposed Southwest LRT route held public hearings in September 2015:
  • Minnetonka City Council hearing: Sept. 14, 2015, Minnetonka Community Center
  • Minneapolis City Council hearing: Sept. 15, 2015, Minnepolis City Hall
  • Eden Prairie City Council hearing: Sept. 15, 2015, Eden Prairie City Center
  • Hopkins City Council hearing: Sept. 15, 2015, Hopkins City Hall
  • St. Louis Park City Council Hearing: Sept. 21, 2015, St. Louis Park City Hall

Comments on Preliminary Design Plans

The Council accepted public comments on the revised plans from July 23 through September 11, 2015. Comments were also accepted by Hennepin County and the cities along the alignment.

2014 Municipal Consent Process