S.F. No. 1667 (A-1 amendment) makes several of the Metropolitan Council land use provisions advisory instead of mandatory.
Section 1. The Council’s development guide is advisory and no local unit of government is bound by the guide unless specifically required by law. A local unit of government may vote to make the Guide binding on itself.
Section 2. The Council may make advisory comments on the apparent consistency of a local unit of government’s comprehensive plans with plans adopted by other local units of government in the metropolitan area, but cannot require changes unless specified in this section. The Council continues to review, and require changes, portions of the comprehensive plan that have to do with transportation and wastewater.
Section 3. The council must not require any changes or amendments to local ordinances on the protection of resources unless the requirement is specifically authorized in law.
Section 4. When the Met Council updates or revises its development guide or the metropolitan system plan, the council must send a statement to local units of government that includes recommendations on what the local unit of government should consider in reviewing its comprehensive plan. Local units of government must make sure its comp plan conforms with Met Council provisions on transportation and wastewater.
Section 5. Conforming changes are made to statutory cross-references.
Section 6. The section on legislative findings and purpose for land use regulations is repealed.
Section 7. This act applies to the seven metropolitan area counties.
Section 8. Sections 1 to 7 are effective August 1, 2012 and apply to all policies, plans, ordinances, applications, or other matters submitted on or after that date.