Archived News 


January 7, 2022
Metropolitan Council Committee Reviews Proposed Changes for Livable Communities Program
Proposed Change to Corridors of Commerce Program
Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Call for Nominations 
Regional Solicitation Workshop 
Register for City Development Proforma Workshops 

January 14, 2022
Final Rule Issued for American Rescue Plan Act Funds
Water Efficiency Grant Program Update
DEED Announces Metro Contamination Cleanup Awards 

January 21, 2022
Metro Cities Board Sets 2022 Legislative Priorities  
State Agency Reviews Building Permit Fees, Construction Codes 
Provisions of Note in Governor's Capital Budget Recommendations 
House Environment Committee Hearings on Landfills
Metropolitan Council Committee Reviews 2040 Comp Plan Review Process 
Metropolitan Council Begins Planning Community Designations for 2050 Comp Plan Update Process 

January 28, 2022
Governor's Supplemental Budget Recommendations
Public Safety Proposals This Session 
Update on Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT)
Metropolitan Council Approves LCDA & LCDA-TOD Awards to Eight Cities 
RentHelpMN Closes Applications Today, Jan 28, at 9:00 pm
Federal Reserve Releases Housing Affordability Dashboard 
DEED Launches $41 Million Second Round of Main Street Economic Revitalization Funding
Bills of Note  

February 4, 2022
2022 Legislative Session Begins
House Committees Preview Housing Funding Requests
Public Safety Plan Receives Informational Hearings 
Senate Proposal to Address Law Enforcement Recruitment 
Model Resolution on Housing Development 
Transportation Hearing on IIJA 
MHFA Announces Consolidated RFP Selections 
Introduced Bills of Note 

February 11, 2022
Zoning Preemption Bill Introduced in House
State Revenues Update
Emergency Shelter Funding Passes Homelessness Division 
Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Initiatives 
Peace Officer Recruitment Bill Sent to Senate Floor
Committee on Racial Justice Provides Update
Legislature Reviews End of RentHelpMN Applications 
Land Use Advisory Committee Announcement 
Metropolitan Council PlanIt Courses 
Bills of Note 

February 18, 2022
ACTION ALERT: Zoning Preemption Bill Hearing Scheduled Next Week
Public Safety Bills 
Housing Committee Reviews Housing Spectrum Act 
Revenue Presents 4d Report 
Legislators Call for SWLRT Audit 
Bills of Note 

February 25, 2022
Zoning Preemption Bill Heard in House Committee 
City-Related Tax Bills Heard in House 
Election Administration Bills Receive Hearings 
Transportation Funding Legislation Passes Senate Committee 
House Considers Additional $330 Million for Rental Assistance Funds 
Metropolitan Council Accepting Regional Solicitation Applications 
2022 Livable Communities Act Funding Takes Shape 
2022 Livable Communities (LCA) Webinar 
2021 Local Housing Incentives Account (LHIA) Awards 
Metro Cities Board of Directors Openings 
Bills of Note 

March 4, 2022
Board of Directors Openings and Annual Meeting
February State Budget Forecast 
Zoning Preemption Bill Update
Senate Property Tax Division Reviews 4d Low Income Rental Classification Report
Audit of Southwest Light Rail Passes House
Senate Hears Rent Control Testimony 
Metropolitan Council Police Work Group Update 
Contamination Cleanup and Investigation and RAP Development Call for Applications 
Bills of Note 

March 11, 2022
Metro Cities Annual Meeting
Public Safety PTSD Proposal Heard in House Committee
Housing State Aid Bill: Feedback Requested
Market Rate Housing Exclusion Bill Heard in House
Local Government Aid
Bill Increases Child Care Infrastructure Grants
Rent Control Preemption Bill Passes Senate Committee
Bill Establishes Statewide Repository for Body Camera Data
City Climate Action Grants Discussed in House Environment
Electrification and Bus Rapid Transit
Metropolitan Council Adopts 2022 Livable Communities Fund Distribution Plan
Bills of Note

March 18, 2022
RSVP for Metro Cities Annual Meeting!
Zoning Preemption Bill Heard in Senate Committee
LGA Bills Heard in House Property Tax Division
Market Value Exclusion Housing Bill Advances
Local Housing Aid Bill Considered by Tax Committee
Federal Spending Bill Signed into Law
Bill Requires Municipal Approval for Guideway Plans
Rent Control Bill Passes to Senate Floor
House Proposal Requires Local Governments to Adopt Homeless Encampment Policy
Annexation Bills Heard in House Committee
Reminder: Regional Solicitation Applications Due Next Month
Bills of Note

March 25, 2022
RSVP for Metro Cities Annual Meeting!
Today Marks First Legislative Committee Deadline
Zoning Preemption Bill Heard in Second Senate Committee; Laid Over
Bill to Modify Open Meeting Law Heard in House Committee
4d Expansion Bill Debated
Housing Funding Bills Heard
Motor Parts Tax Bill Passes Senate Committee
House Property Tax Division Report: Release and Mark Up Next Week
Final PFAS Monitoring Plan Released
DEED Brownfields and Redevelopment Conference
Bills of Note

April 1, 2022
RSVP for Metro Cities Annual Meeting!
Second Committee Deadline
House Property Tax Division Report
Motor Parts Tax Dedication Bill Passes House Committee
Open Meeting Law Bill Advances
Bill Provides Local Match Funds for Federal Grant Programs
Senate Omnibus Bills for Judiciary, Transportation, and Environment
Omnibus Housing Bills Released
Bill Gives Metropolitan Council $40 Million to Address Racial Homeownership Disparities
Bill Would Restrict Corporate Owned Housing
Bills of Note

April 8, 2022
RSVP for Metro Cities Annual Meeting!
Omnibus Bills Advancing as Legislative Recess Approaches
Omnibus Tax Bills
Lead Service Line Replacement Bills
Metropolitan Council Discusses Equity in 2050 Local Comp Plans
How to Apply for Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant (MPDG) Awards
Bills of Note

April 14, 2022
Metro Cities Annual Meeting is Next Thursday!

April 22, 2022
Metro Cities’ Annual Meeting and Board Elections
Omnibus Bills are Combined and Passed by Ways and Means
Environment Omnibus Bill Passes Senate
Learn About Shared Mobility in Human Services
2022 Salary & Benefits Survey
Bills of Note

April 29, 2022 
Unemployment Insurance, Frontline Worker Agreement Reached
Auto Parts Tax Dedication Bill Passes Senate
House Committee Hears Bill on an Elected Metropolitan Council
Senate Capital Investment Committee Discusses Metropolitan Inflow-Infiltration
Omnibus Housing Bills
Omnibus Jobs Bills
Omnibus Environment Bills
Omnibus Public Safety Bills
State Government, Elections and Transportation
Minnesota Housing Announces HomeHelpMN Resources
Bills of Note

May 6, 2022 
2022 Metro Cities Policy Committees
Two Weeks Until Legislative Adjournment
Public Safety Omnibus Bill Passes House
State Government, Elections, and Transportation Omnibus Bill Passes Senate
Senate Property Tax Subcommittee Report Released
House Passes Jobs Omnibus Bill
Local Road and Bridge Funding Discussed in Senate Committee
Register to Attend the Minnesota Brownfields PFAS Forum – May 10
Bills of Note

May 13, 2022 
2022 Metro Cities Policy Committees
Omnibus Bill Updates
City Criminal Background Checks Modification Passes Senate
Metropolitan Council Environment Services Reviews Preliminary 2023 Rates
Active Transportation Planning Assistance Applications Due Next Month
Bill Intros

May 16, 2022 

May 20, 2022 
2022 Metro Cities Policy Committees
Legislative Updates
HomeHelpMN Homeowner Assistance Program Applications Now Open
Free Smart Salting for Local Leaders Workshop
MCES Municipal Customer Forum on May 26

May 23, 2022 
Conference Committees - Legislative Session Concludes Without Agreement on Tax, Spending Bills

June 3, 2022 
Public Comment Open: Transportation Improvement Program
Metro Transit Safety and Security Action Plan
Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Replacement Grant Opportunity
Submit Your Applications for Broadband Development Funds
2022 Metro Cities Policy Committees

June 10, 2022 
Metropolitan Council Lays Out 2050 Community Designation Process
Redevelopment Grant and Demolition Loan Program Now Seeking Applications
HomeHelpMN Application Period Extended
Draft 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Plan Comment Period
City Leaders Urge Legislature to Pass Bonding Bill and Funds for Infrastructure
Metro Cities Breakfast at LMC Annual Conference
2022 Metro Cities Policy Committees

June 17, 2022 
Join Us for Breakfast at LMC Annual Conference
2022 Metro Cities Policy Committees

June 23, 2022 
2022 Metro Cities Policy Committees

June 30, 2022 
Shared Mobility Program Update
2025 Water Resources Policy Plan Update
Join a 2022 LCDA & TOD Development Grant Panel Discussion – July 7
HomeHelpMN Application Deadline Extended to August 17
DEED Awards $4 Million in Contamination Cleanup Grants
2022 Metro Cities Policy Committees

 July 8, 2022 
Metro Cities Policy Committees Begin Week of July 18th
New House Publication on Open Meeting Law
Metro Cities Breakfast at LMC Conference

July 15, 2022 
Policy Committees Start Next Week
State Revenues Above February Forecast
2023 MCES Wastewater Rates and Charges Recommended for Approval
Metropolitan Council Authorizes Nine LCA Tax Base Revitalization Awards to Four Cities
Webinar on Equity in Transportation and Land Use

July 21, 2022 
Department of Revenue Releases Truth-In-Taxation Instructions
Legislative Policy Committees

July 29, 2022 
New State Law on THC Products
Preliminary Transportation Operating Budget
Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Update 
MPCA’s Water Quality Fees Rulemaking
Governor Releases Economic Expansion Plan

August 5, 2022 
Corridors of Commerce Submittal Process Opens with New Requirements
Regional Solicitation Budget Tool -- Submit Preferences Until August 17

August 10, 2022 
State Revenue Update
August Policy Committees

August 19, 2022 
Webinar Invite: Corridors of Commerce Program
State Removes HomeHelpMN Application Deadline – Program Open Until Funds Depleted
Local Housing Trust Fund Matching Grants Available Soon – Inform Program Requirements
Upcoming Redevelopment Events
August Policy Committee Meetings

August 26, 2022 
Metro Cities Signs Letter to Governor and Legislators to Urge Special Session
Corridors of Commerce Webinar
Legislative Policy Committees
Upcoming Redevelopment Events

September 9, 2022 
THC Survey Summary
2023 Transportation Unified Planning Work Program
Learn about Micromobility Parking

September 16, 2022 
Metro Cities Accepting Applications for TAB and TAC
Committee Approves 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program
Met Council Approves Livable Communities Grants to Five Cities
SouthWest Transit Receives Grant Awards 

September 23, 2022 
Metro Cities Accepting Applications for TAB and TAC
Proposed Property Tax Levy Deadline is September 30
Metropolitan Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) Updates

September 30, 2022 
Private Inflow & Infiltration Grant Task Force
Metro Cities Policy Adoption Meeting: Mark Your Calendar
2023-2028 Capital Programs for Transportation and MCES
2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program Adopted
Metro Cities Staff — Charlie Vander Aarde

October 7, 2022 
Metro Cities Policy Adoption Meeting: Mark Your Calendar!
Metro Transit Safety and Security Update
Metropolitan Council Community Development 2023-2028 Capital Program

October 14, 2022 
Metro Cities Policy Adoption Meeting: Mark Your Calendar!
State October Revenues Review
Metropolitan Council 2023 Unified Planning Work Program
Metropolitan Council Climate Action Work Plan

October 21, 2022 
Metro Cities Policy Adoption Meeting: Mark Your Calendar!

October 28, 2022 
Metro Cities Policy Adoption Meeting: Mark Your Calendar!
Metropolitan Council’s Public Comment Draft of the 2023 Unified Budget

November 4, 2022 
RSVP for Metro Cities Policy Adoption Meeting November 17th!
THC Web Page
Climate Resilience Grant Opportunity

November 10, 2022 
RSVP for Metro Cities Policy Adoption Meeting November 17th!
Community Development Grant Overview
2022 Residential Wastewater Rates
EV Smart Communities Webinar

November 18, 2022 
Metro Cities 2023 Legislative Policies Receive Final Adoption
State Revenues Update
IIJA Update: Water Infrastructure
Deadline: Corridors of Commerce Submittals Due
TAB Recommends Regional Solicitation Funding Scenario
Changes to Transitway Advancement Policy Under Consideration
Application Process Opens for Metropolitan Council Seats and Nominating Committee

November 22, 2022 
Active Transportation Funding Opportunity
2023 Legislative Committee Chairs Announced

December 2, 2022 
Regional Solicitation Approved by Transportation Committee
Metropolitan Council Transitway Advancement Policy Approved
IIJA Update: Water Infrastructure
Metro Cities Welcomes New Government Relations Specialist
House Republican Committee Leads

December 9, 2022 
November State Budget Forecast
Transportation Funds Forecast

December 16, 2022 
Regional Solicitation Approved by Metropolitan Council
2023 House Committee Assignments
Climate Action Work Plan Adopted by Metropolitan Council
Metropolitan Council 2023 Unified Budget Adopted
IIJA Update: Transportation

December 21, 2022 
IIJA Funding Update
2023 Senate Committee Assignments

December 29, 2022 
Legislative Session Begins January 3rd
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