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.

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July 21, 2022

In response to the lawsuit challenging the Minneapolis 2040 plan on the basis of potential environmental harm, FMR coordinated a sign-on statement from several leading environmental and planning organizations. The statement reaffirms our support for the 2040 plan's goals and environmental benefits.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
July 15, 2022

The Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan continues to come under attack for its purported environmental harms. But we know that the plan's many environmental policies, including denser housing, are crucial responses to climate change. Here's how FMR is speaking up in support.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
July 10, 2022

This spring a silver carp was recorded swimming 35 miles up Minnesota's Mississippi River in a single day. Across the state our news outlets helped highlight what's at risk for our waterways and why we need the DNR to act with more urgency.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
July 7, 2022

We've long supported the goal of creating a River Learning Center in St. Paul's Crosby Farm Regional Park. Recent design concepts for the center, however, seemed to disregard community input and riverfront development regulations. Here's how we've responded and what we hope to see happen next.  >>

Maddie Miller
June 8, 2022

Take our 5-minute survey to help shape FMR's advocacy engagement in the coming year and let us know how you want to plug in.  >>

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.  >>

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