Land Use & Planning

As more cities move to embrace the river and capitalize on its exceptional value, FMR works within metro river communities to advocate for public access, equity, environmental sustainability, and community enjoyment of the river. 

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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What you need to know about the Army Corps' studies of Twin Cities locks and dams
What will happen to metro locks and dams? Here's a rundown of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers disposition study process and timeline, the scenarios under consideration, plus ways you can shape the river's future. Read more
The case for and against lock and dam removal
Removing two metro locks and dams would reconnect 39 miles of river through the Mississippi's only gorge, which is in the heart of the Twin Cities. But is dam removal the best scenario for our metro river? Here's what we need to consider. Read more
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Take our advocacy survey
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. Read more
Meet our Twin Cities locks and dams
See a map of our three Twin Cities locks and dams, a timeline of when and why they were built, and find out why we may not need them anymore. Read more
All three Twin Cities locks and dams
What we heard on this summer's lock and dam tours
This summer, FMR and our partners talked with over 600 community members about the future of our Twin Cities locks and dams. We led more than than 20 focus-group tours that brought many people to the river in new ways. Here's what we heard. Read more
FMR, partners issue Minneapolis 2040 support statement

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.  >>

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Time is running out to stop invasive carp

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.  >>

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Can St. Paul's River Learning Center project get back on track?

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.  >>

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Join us for lock and dam focus group tours
Learn more about the big study that will consider the future of two locks and dams in the heart of the Twin Cities. Read more
A photo showing the river almost emptied to the river bottom as part of a draw down by the Army Corps.
St. Paul riverfront roundup: Five projects to watch

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.  >>

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 20 - 9:30 AM to Noon
West River Parkway and 36th Street/44th Street, Minneapolis
Applications due Friday, May 3 by 5 p.m.
Virtual and in-person
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Hampton Woods Wildlife Management Area