Learn more about the Metro Council's decision to support good jobs, protect farmland and invest in our region's future.
On Oct. 20, 2011, the Metro Council voted to make modest expansions to the region’s urban growth boundary. The council’s decision was not just about lines on a map. The decision will affect how our existing communities develop and thrive, and how we invest in good jobs and safe neighborhoods, protect farms and forest land, and make the most of the investments we have already made in our existing schools, parks, sidewalks, streets and other public structures.
This decision made four adjustments to the urban growth boundary, adding a total of 1985 acres to our region. The decision sets the stage for ongoing discussions about how the region can better invest in creating economically prosperous and vibrant communities while protecting farm and forest land for future generations.
Learn more about the urban growth boundary
The four areas that were added to the urban growth boundary in the Metro Council’s Oct. 2011 decision include:
These additions to the urban growth boundary take effect on Jan. 18, 2012.
Most of the population and employment growth that will come to our region over the next 20 years will take place in our existing communities. Accommodating that growth in a way that enhances our quality of life will require a long-term integrated investment strategy that makes the most of existing public resources, provides for good jobs and protects farm and forest land.
Going forward, the Metro Council will be focused on promoting a Community Investment Strategy that aims to get the most out of limited public resources to achieve greater economic and development outcomes for communities across the region. The Metro Council is actively working with leaders from the private sector, local and state governments, non-profit organizations and others to identify a strategy that can sustain our region’s economic growth and support the aspirations of our communities to provide jobs, safe neighborhoods, and great places to work and play.
Learn more about the Community Investment Strategy
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