The Metropolitan Council is the regional governmental agency (also known as a regional planning organization, see Metropolitan planning organization) in Minnesota serving the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area (see Minneapolis-St. Paul). The Met Council is granted regional authority powers in state statutes by the Minnesota Legislature. These powers can supersede decisions and actions of local governments. The legislature entrusts the Council to maintain public services and oversee growth of the state's largest metro area. This agency is similar to Metro in Portland, Oregon (see Metro (Oregon regional government)) in that both agencies administer an urban growth boundary.
The Council's role in the Twin Cities metro area is defined by the necessary regional services it provides and manages. These include public transportation, wastewater treatment, regional planning, urban planning for municipalities, forecasting population growth, ensuring adequate affordable housing, maintaining a regional park and trails system, and "provides a framework for regional systems including aviation, transportation, parks and open space, water quality and water management.
Geographic districts vary in characteristics but were historically drawn by population percentage and the presence of major natural resources. Districts near the downtown core are much smaller while the edge districts encompass large amounts of rural land. For example, District 3 contains almost all of Lake Minnetonka and it's tributaries and watershed.
Additional acts of the legislature passed in 1974, 1976, and 1994 expanded the role and powers of the Met Council, merging it with transit and waste control commissions to become a unified regional authority.
|James L. Hetland Jr.||1967-1971||Harold LeVander|
|Albert J. Hofstede||1971-1973||Wendell Anderson|
|John E. Boland||1973-1979||Wendell Anderson|
|Charles R. Weaver Sr.||1979-1982||Al Quie|
|Gerald J. Isaacs||1983-1984||Rudy Perpich|
|Sandra S. Gardebring||1984-1986||Rudy Perpich|
|Steve Keefe||1986-1991||Rudy Perpich|
|Mary E. Anderson||1991-1992||Arne Carlson|
|Dottie Rietow||1992-1995||Arne Carlson|
|Curtis W. Johnson||1995-1999||Arne Carlson|
|Ted Mondale||1999-2003||Jesse Ventura|
|Peter Bell||2003-Present||Tim Pawlenty|
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