The Metropolitan Council conducts long-range planning in coordination with local units of government and other organizations to guide growth and development in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area of Minnesota. The government
agency operates the regional transit and wastewater collection and treatment services, and the metropolitan housing and
Long-range, comprehensive planning issues the Council deals with include airports, economic development, housing, land use,
regional finance, parks, water quality and supply, and transportation. Its Regional Blueprint is an overall policy plan establishing
regional goals and actions needed by the Council and the public and private sectors. You'll find the Blueprint and other Council
reports and maps at Publications.
The Council now performs the roles previously carried out by four regional agencies (Council, Regional Transit Board, Metropolitan Transit Commission and the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission).
Council Members--Members are appointed by the governor, with 16 members representing metropolitan districts of equal population. The 17th member is the chair. The chair and the members serve at the governor's pleasure.