Housing Policy Plan

Draft Housing Policy Plan ready for comment


On July 23, 2014, the Council released a draft 2040 Housing Policy Plan (106 pages, PDF) for public comment.

You are encouraged to read the plan and provide public comment through Friday, September 26, 2014 (comments must be received by 5 p.m.). Your comments can be submitted in the following ways:

  • Mail your written commments to: 
    Metropolitan Council
    390 Robert Street North
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

Send TTY comments to 651-291-0904

  • Record your comments on our Public Comment Line 651-602-1500

  • Speak at the public hearing on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5 p.m. (location below) You may register in advance by calling 651-602-1500

The Metropolitan Council will hold one public hearing on the 2040 Housing Policy Plan scheduled for: 

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Metropolitan Council Chambers
390 Robert Street North
Saint Paul, MN 55101

We encourage all interested persons to attend the public hearing. Upon request, the Metropolitan Council will provide reasonable accomodations to persons with disabilities (advance notice of any specific accommodations you may need is appreciated). 

A recommendation for the final adoption of the 2040 Housing Policy Plan will be considered by the Council in November 2014. 

The Housing Policy Plan: Our Process 


In support of Thrive MSP 2040, the Metropolitan Council is writing a new regional Housing Policy Plan, its first since 1985. The purpose of this planning process is to provide a forum to discuss regional housing issues and

  • Advance and refine the Council’s housing policy direction as defined in Thrive MSP 2040

  • Facilitate a meaningful, inclusive regional conversation on housing;

  • Identify local and regional needs and priorities for housing;

  • Promote housing options that give people in all life stages and of all economic means viable choices for safe, stable and affordable homes;

  • Connect housing to the other Council system plans (e.g. Transportation, Regional Parks, and Water Resources);

  • Incorporate recommendations from Choice, Place and Opportunity:  An Equity Assessment of the Twin Cities Region;

  • Provide a “toolkit” of best practices, strategies and technical assistance to local communities;

  • Help inform and provide guidance for local housing planning.

The planning process will be the result of genuine collaboration between policy makers, practitioners, advocates, elected officials, citizens, community groups, and other stakeholders. Learn more about our Housing Policy Plan Work Group.