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473.146 POLICY PLANS FOR METROPOLITAN AGENCIES.
    Subdivision 1. Requirement. The council shall adopt a long-range comprehensive policy
plan for transportation and wastewater treatment. The plans must substantially conform to all
policy statements, purposes, goals, standards, and maps in the development guide developed and
adopted by the council under this chapter. Each policy plan must include, to the extent appropriate
to the functions, services, and systems covered, the following:
(1) forecasts of changes in the general levels and distribution of population, households,
employment, land uses, and other relevant matters, for the metropolitan area and appropriate
subareas;
(2) a statement of issues, problems, needs, and opportunities with respect to the functions,
services, and systems covered;
(3) a statement of the council's goals, objectives, and priorities with respect to the functions,
services, and systems covered, addressing areas and populations to be served, the levels,
distribution, and staging of services; a general description of the facility systems required to
support the services; the estimated cost of improvements required to achieve the council's goals for
the regional systems, including an analysis of what portion of the funding for each improvement
is proposed to come from the state, Metropolitan Council levies, and cities, counties, and towns in
the metropolitan area, respectively, and other similar matters;
(4) a statement of policies to effectuate the council's goals, objectives, and priorities;
(5) a statement of the fiscal implications of the council's plan, including a statement of: (i)
the resources available under existing fiscal policy; (ii) the adequacy of resources under existing
fiscal policy and any shortfalls and unattended needs; (iii) additional resources, if any, that are or
may be required to effectuate the council's goals, objectives, and priorities; and (iv) any changes
in existing fiscal policy, on regional revenues and intergovernmental aids respectively, that are
expected or that the council has recommended or may recommend;
(6) a statement of the relationship of the policy plan to other policy plans and chapters of the
Metropolitan Development Guide;
(7) a statement of the relationships to local comprehensive plans prepared under sections
473.851 to 473.871; and
(8) additional general information as may be necessary to develop the policy plan or as may
be required by the laws relating to the metropolitan agency and function covered by the policy
plan.
    Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1994 c 628 art 3 s 209]
    Subd. 2a.[Repealed, 1994 c 628 art 3 s 209]
    Subd. 2b.[Repealed, 1994 c 628 art 3 s 209]
    Subd. 2c.[Repealed, 1994 c 628 art 3 s 209]
    Subd. 3. Development guide: transportation. The transportation chapter must include
policies relating to all transportation forms and be designed to promote the legislative
determinations, policies, and goals set forth in section 473.371. In addition to the requirements of
subdivision 1 regarding the contents of the policy plan, the nontransit element of the transportation
chapter must include the following:
(1) a statement of the needs and problems of the metropolitan area with respect to the
functions covered, including the present and prospective demand for and constraints on access
to regional business concentrations and other major activity centers and the constraints on and
acceptable levels of development and vehicular trip generation at such centers;
(2) the objectives of and the policies to be forwarded by the policy plan;
(3) a general description of the physical facilities and services to be developed;
(4) a statement as to the general location of physical facilities and service areas;
(5) a general statement of timing and priorities in the development of those physical facilities
and service areas;
(6) a detailed statement, updated every two years, of timing and priorities for improvements
and expenditures needed on the metropolitan highway system;
(7) a general statement on the level of public expenditure appropriate to the facilities; and
(8) a long-range assessment of air transportation trends and factors that may affect airport
development in the metropolitan area and policies and strategies that will ensure a comprehensive,
coordinated, and timely investigation and evaluation of alternatives for airport development.
The council shall develop the nontransit element in consultation with the transportation
advisory board and the Metropolitan Airports Commission and cities having an airport located
within or adjacent to its corporate boundaries. The council shall also take into consideration the
airport development and operations plans and activities of the commission. The council shall
transmit the results to the state Department of Transportation.
    Subd. 4. Transportation planning. (a) The Metropolitan Council is the designated planning
agency for any long-range comprehensive transportation planning required by section 134 of the
Federal Highway Act of 1962, Section 4 of Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 and Section
112 of Federal Aid Highway Act of 1973 and other federal transportation laws. The council shall
assure administration and coordination of transportation planning with appropriate state, regional
and other agencies, counties, and municipalities.
(b) The council shall establish an advisory body consisting of citizens and representatives of
municipalities, counties, and state agencies in fulfillment of the planning responsibilities of the
council. The membership of the advisory body must consist of:
(1) the commissioner of transportation or the commissioner's designee;
(2) the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency or the commissioner's designee;
(3) one member of the Metropolitan Airports Commission appointed by the commission;
(4) one person appointed by the council to represent nonmotorized transportation;
(5) one person appointed by the commissioner of transportation to represent the freight
transportation industry;
(6) two persons appointed by the council to represent public transit;
(7) ten elected officials of cities within the metropolitan area, including one representative
from each first-class city, appointed by the association of metropolitan municipalities;
(8) one member of the county board of each county in the seven-county metropolitan area,
appointed by the respective county boards;
(9) eight citizens appointed by the council, one from each council precinct; and
(10) one member of the council, appointed by the council.
The council shall appoint a chair from among the members of the advisory body.
History: 1975 c 13 s 9; 1976 c 166 s 7; 1984 c 654 art 3 s 108,109; 1986 c 460 s 13-15;
1988 c 675 s 3; 1994 c 628 art 3 s 42,43; 1995 c 186 s 119; 1Sp2001 c 8 art 2 s 70; 1Sp2003
c 16 s 4; 2005 c 123 s 2,3