The regional planning board may employ a planning director and necessary staff, or appoint an advisory planning commission, or both, to assist it in exercising its powers and duties. The regional planning board may hire experts and consultants and contract with other planning agencies for necessary services.
The regional planning board may prepare and from time to time revise, amend, extend, or add to a plan or plans for the development of the region, which plan or plans collectively shall be known as the regional development plan. No portion of a regional development plan shall be adopted by the regional planning board until it has been referred to the governing bodies of participating units for their review and their recommendation within such time as is prescribed in the agreement.
The regional planning board may accept funds, grants, and services from the government of the United States or its agencies, from the state of Minnesota or its departments, agencies or instrumentalities, or from any governmental unit whether participating in the regional agency or not, and from private and civic sources.