Housing Policy Plan

Housing Policy Plan amendment now available 

On March 25, 2015, the Council approved a draft of the 2040 Housing Policy Plan amendment for review and public comment. The draft amendment includes: 
  • the Council’s strategy for reviewing the housing elements of local comprehensive plan updates
  • the 2021-2030 Allocation of Affordable Housing Need for the region overall and each sewered community, and how the Council calculated it
  • the criteria the Council will use to develop Housing Performance Scores for each community
View or download the draft amendment to the 2040 Housing Policy Plan (pdf). Please note that the page numbers referenced in the amendment correspond to the page numbers in the 2040 Housing Policy Plan, available below. 

Public comment period open until May 15

The Council is accepting comments on the amendment through 5 p.m. on May 15, 2015. 

  • Public hearing - A public hearing will be held Monday, May 4, at the Council offices, 390 Robert St. N., downtown Saint Paul.
  • Mail – Metropolitan Council, 390 Robert St. N., Saint Paul, MN 55101

The public comment period will end at 5 p.m. Friday, May 15. A final amendment is scheduled to be considered by the Community Development Committee in June and by the full Council in July.

Seniors riding recumbent bikes in front of multi-family housing.About the Housing Policy Plan
The Council's 2040 Housing Policy Plan was adopted on December 10, 2014.    

The 2040 Housing Policy Plan describes multiple strategies that advance the Metropolitan Council's overall housing policy priority: Create housing options that give people in all stages of life and of all economic means viable choices for safe, stable and affordable homes.

The Council developed the Housing Policy Plan to provide leadership and guidance on regional housing needs and challenges, and to support Thrive MSP 2040, the regional development guide adopted by the Council in May 2014.

Our Housing Policy Plan addresses housing challenges greater than any one city, or county can tackle alone. It recognizes that the future’s increasingly complex housing issues demand more innovative strategies and greater collaboration. With both statutory responsibilities and local opportunities, local governments play a key role in translating regional policy and priorities into effective implementation within local housing markets; one size does not fit all.


Read other regional plans

The new regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040, sets the policy foundations for systems and policy plans developed by the Council. In addition to our Housing Policy Plan, the Transportation Policy Plan, the Water Resources Policy Plan, and the Regional Parks Policy Plan are now available.