473.155 Aviation planning.
Subdivision 1. Assessment. By February 15 of each year, the council shall prepare a long-range assessment of air transportation trends and factors that may affect major airport development in the metropolitan area for a prospective 30-year period. The council shall involve the airports commission in preparing the assessment and shall take into consideration the airport development and operations plans and activities of the commission.
Subd. 2. Aviation plan. By February 1, 1990, the council shall amend the aviation chapter of the metropolitan development guide to incorporate policies and strategies that will ensure a comprehensive, coordinated, continuing, thorough, and timely investigation and evaluation of alternatives for major airport development in the metropolitan area for a prospective 30-year period. The alternatives to be examined must include both the airport improvements and enhancements of capacity that may be necessary at the existing airport and the location and development of a new airport.
Subd. 3. Search area. By January 1, 1992, the council, in consultation with the airports commission, shall designate a search area for a major new airport.
Subd. 4. Legislative reports. (a) Until the activities required by sections 473.616, subdivision 3, and 473.618 are completed, the council shall report to the legislature by February 15 of each year on the results of the aviation planning activities of the council under this section. The report must include a summary of expenditures and sources of funding for the activities.
(b) By February 1, 1990, the council shall report to the legislature recommending methods and legislative actions that would be necessary to protect a new airport search area from conflicting development, to protect and control development on land at and around a site for a major new airport, and to inhibit land speculation and reduce incentives for land speculation in the airport and all surrounding areas.
(c) By March 1, 1990, after consulting with the airports commission, the federal aviation administration, industry representatives, and other persons, the council shall report to the legislature on assumptions and methods that will be used by the council to forecast demand related to the need for major airport facilities in the metropolitan area for a prospective 30-year period.
(d) By March 1, 1990, the council shall report to the legislature analyzing and making recommendations on long-range aviation goals for the major airport facility in the metropolitan area for a prospective 30-year period. The report must address goals for safety, environmental impact, and service, including ground access and service levels to other states and countries and to nonmetropolitan areas of the state. In preparing the report, the council shall consider regional growth patterns, economic development, economic impact, regional and statewide investment, and ground transportation.
(e) By December 1, 1990, the council shall report to the legislature on the general availability of suitable land for a new airport in and in the area surrounding the metropolitan area.
(f) By January 1, 1993, the council shall report to the legislature on policies for the reuse of the existing major airport site should a new major airport be developed.
Subd. 5. Zoning of real property. The council shall not require a local government unit to continue a current use or to adopt a comprehensive plan designation or any change in zoning, zoning variance, or conditional use in order to ensure or preserve the availability of land for a new major airport.