Land Use & Planning Blog

As more cities move to embrace the river and capitalize on its exceptional value, FMR works within metro river communities to ensure that public access, scenic views, historic preservation and environmental quality are respected.

Here are the park plans and developments that our river corridor team has its eye on. Learn more about the program, how we evaluate development plans and all the places we work.

Development and land use updates are also shared on social (Facebook and Twitter) and in FMR's Mississippi Messages newsletter.

Join us! Sign up to be a River Guardian to receive email action alerts when we need your help the most, plus invitations to educational happy hours and other events.

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
May 1, 2022

We're about to begin a big study to consider the future of two locks and dams in the heart of the Twin Cities.

We're co-hosting free bike, kayak, boat cruise and walking tours this summer to help community members learn more about the future possibilities for our metro river. >>

The Mississippi River runs alongside downtown St. Paul, where tall buildings sit on a steep bluff above the river and road.
Colleen O'Connor Toberman
April 11, 2022

St. Paul has a lot of projects in the works along its 26 miles of Mississippi River shoreline. Check out the plans for new visitor and cultural centers, recreational improvements and more that will celebrate and improve St. Paul's connection to the river.  >>

March 9, 2022

We've updated the name of our former River Corridor program to Land Use & Planning to better describe what we do.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
February 4, 2022

There's a lot happening around St. Anthony Falls. Here's the latest on the Army Corps' disposition study, upcoming events about the future of the lock area, and that mysterious underwater wall.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
February 3, 2022

As covered in several news outlets, Ramsey County is stepping back from its plans to develop a rare grassland bird haven. We're celebrating this win and advocating for the next logical step: permanent habitat protection. Ramsey County residents — please send a note to the county to express support for this special refuge.  >>

January 10, 2022

You may have seen stories in the news about the future of the Twin Cities' locks and dams on the Mississippi River, but it can be tough to get the full picture.

Learn why we support keeping one but look forward to exploring the potential removal of two local locks and dams, and sign up to receive updates. >>

January 3, 2022
Please note, the application period for this position has closed. Openings are announced on our homepage and in our email newsletter, Mississippi Messages.

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Colleen O'Connor Toberman
December 15, 2021

When we work with community members involved in local development and habitat protection issues, we often hear similar questions: "What can my city leaders do about this issue?" "Does anyone have the power to change this project?" Here's a summary of how cities can shape development and protect open space.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
December 15, 2021

The Cottage Grove City Council recently approved a plan for the former Mississippi Dunes golf course. While the plan includes a modest riverfront park, many residents hoped for more.  >>

December 14, 2021

Watch the thank-you video we recorded (complete with outtakes at the end) to celebrate the successes of our River Guardians. These advocates took action in 2021 to champion a federal funding program to protect the Mississippi, advocate for more parkland in Cottage Grove and protect Minneapolis' drinking water.  >>

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