Minnesota Bulk Transmission Land Use Planning(1-MN)
In Minnesota, land use planning is primarily delegated to counties and municipalities. Minn. Stat. §§ 473.175; 473.858; Minn. Stat. §§ 462.353; 462.371-375. However, the Minnesota Public Utility Commission’s authority to issue Route Permits and Site Permits for “…large electric generating plants and high-voltage transmission lines supersedes and preempts all zoning, building, or land use rules, regulations, or ordinances promulgated by regional, county, local and special purpose government.” Minn. Stat. §216E.10(1). A bulk transmission developer must comply with the conditions set forth in a Route Permit and should contact the appropriate local government to ensure that the proposed transmission project is consistent with planning, zoning, and development regulations.
Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply
Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.
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