The DNR is soliciting public comments on potential rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA). A Request for Comments was published in the June 2, 2014 State Register, and the DNR will accept comments through August 15, 2014. The DNR has developed a working draft of the rules following consultation with local governments and other interested parties, now available for review during this comment period.
The Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) is a unique land corridor along the Mississippi River within the seven-county metropolitan area. Land development in the 54,000-acre corridor is currently guided by state regulations that are implemented through local plans and zoning ordinances.
The MRCCA was established in the 1970s by Executive Order, a type of state regulation that cannot be readily changed or updated. In 2009, the Minnesota Legislature directed the DNR to establish rules to replace the outdated standards in the Executive Order. The rulemaking process was put on hold in 2011 and the DNR's authority expired. In 2013, the Legislature restored DNR's rulemaking authority and made changes to the statutory language guiding rule development to better address local government concerns.
What do the proposed rules mean for local governments, homeowners, and businesses within the MRCCA? Local governments will eventually need to update their plans and ordinances for this area. Most homeowners and businesses should see little if any change in their status.
For more information, and to comment on the working draft rules, see below.