January 4, 2011

One of the most emotional debates over land use and environmental concerns – proposed restrictions on development within the 72 mile Mississippi River corridor that runs through the Twin Cities – is on hold for the time being.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) missed a deadline to submit rules to the State Office of Administrative Hearings.  As a result, the DNR needs to return to the Minnesota Legislature to obtain a renewed authorization to proceed.  At the Hessian & McKasy Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group blog, we have previously written about the proposals that would protect riverfront bluff but also impact existing and planned development along the river corridor.  Please see our past entry on this topic at:http://www.enviroattorney.net/blog/?post=107.

An article describing recent developments related to the proposal and the involvement of environmental and landowner advocates appeared in the January 2, 2011 edition of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.  A link to the article can be found at: http://www.twincities.com/ci_16978205?IADID=Search-www.twincities.com-www.twincities.com&nclick_check=1.

With a Republican-controlled Minnesota House and Senate, a new line up of Committee Chairs in both chambers and a yet-to-be-named DNR Commissioner, it may be some time until the issues related to the Mississippi River corridor are heard.  The environmental attorneys at the Hessian & McKasy Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group monitor developments in environmental, land use and real estate law that affect our clients.  We will continue to track developments related to these matters.

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