Housing Policy Plan

Draft Housing Policy Plan ready for comment


The Council's draft 2040 Housing Policy Plan (106 pages, PDF) was released for public comment in July 2014.

A recommendation for the final adoption of the 2040 Housing Policy Plan will be considered by the Council in December 2014.    See also:

Public hearing was September 15

Staff discussed the plan and answered questions at these  workshops.   If you were unable to attend a workshop, see the Housing Policy Plan workshop poster (pdf) for a high-level overview of housing issues and policy direction. The comment period ended September 26.

The Housing Policy Plan 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 reflects genuine collaboration between policy makers, practitioners, advocates, elected officials, citizens, community groups, and other stakeholders. Learn more about the Housing Policy Plan Work Group.