River Corridor Land Use and Development 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.

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Foreground: a grassy field in autumn. Background: St. Paul downtown buildings
Colleen O'Connor Toberman
January 10, 2021

Minneapolis is the first city with a new ordinance to guide riverfront development and protections, and thanks to our collective advocacy, their ordinance includes provisions for migrating birds. Will St. Paul and other communities follow suit?  >>

January 8, 2021

With 48 acres of city-owned riverfront, the Upper Harbor Terminal site in North Minneapolis presents a rare opportunity for equitable, creative, transformative community development. Unfortunately, the city's plan falls short of this potential.

Tell the city not to approve the plan before conducting an environmental review. >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
January 6, 2021

The years-long process to determine the future of the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock and dam has had a few interesting twists and turns in recent weeks. Congress has intervened to make sure that future plans are flowing in the right direction.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
December 23, 2020

Through July 18, 2021, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is seeking public comment on its draft Parks for All comprehensive plan, which will guide the park board for the next ten years. Review FMR's recommendations for the plan and learn how to submit your own.  >>

December 11, 2020

Minneapolis is seeking comments on the Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment plan. Learn why we have concerns about the plan, and submit your comments >

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
December 8, 2020

After years of planning and controversy, the city of Minneapolis has released its coordinated development plan for a mile-long stretch of riverfront. We're offering many ways to learn more and get involved in this pivotal project in the coming days.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
December 1, 2020

Three large murals have been traveling around North Minneapolis yards this fall to raise awareness of the Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment project. Lead artist and community organizer Sebastian Rivera recently shared his concerns about the proposed development and his hope for a better UHT.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
November 15, 2020

A new Memorial to Survivors of Sexual Violence, the nation's first, stands near the Mississippi River in Boom Island Park. Project leaders told us that the public location offers healing and recognition to victim-survivors while calling all of us to seek justice and create a better future.  >>

November 12, 2020

Minneapolis is about to adopt a new Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area ordinance to guide riverfront development for years to come. With your help, we can add a requirement for bird-safe buildings along the river's crucial migratory flyway >>.

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
October 14, 2020

A recent article in Belt Magazine explores the history of disinvestment and racial disparities in Minneapolis and poses the question: Will Upper Harbor Terminal lead to real change? FMR's staff and board member share their concerns.  >>

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