Links to Sites of Interest to Planners
World Wide Web Planning Resources
State of Minnesota
- The State of Minnesota Index site is North Star. This site provides links to
the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the state government and also to state agencies.
- Minnesota State Legislature. This is the web site for the legislature.
This will lead you to information concerning the House, Senate and Minnesota government in general. This is a valuable resource
during the legislative session.
- State Statutes are available on line at
- Minnesota Planning, the state's planning and research agency, has a
web site at www.mnplan.state.mn.us -- where the public can find
information and data instantly about such issues as government spending, crime and justice, Minnesota children, state
demographics, environment and development.
- Metropolitan Council
OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
Minnesota Green Communities
Minnesota Green Communities is an initiative designed to foster the creation of affordable, healthier, and more energy-efficient homes
throughout Minnesota. Through pilot funding of Minnesota Green Communities by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Family Housing
Fund, and Enterprise, four demonstration projects will be built in Minnesota (2005-2007) totaling 180 homes, including rental,
homeownership and supportive affordable green housing. Visit Minnesota Green Communities at:
The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is an applied research and technology center at the University of Minnesota that
connects faculty and students with nonprofit groups, public agencies, and others working on urban issues in Minnesota. The website
can be accessed at http://www.cura.umn.edu.
Urban and Regional Studies Institute (URSI), Minnesota State University Mankato
The URSI program offers a two year graduate degree in urban planning (MAUP) and a 4 course Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning
with courses available in the Twin Cities area. In addition, URSI provides interns for planning departments around the state and
serves planners and community organizations with planning assistance through its studio courses. For further information contact
URSI at (507) 389-1714 or Professor Anthony Filipovitch, Department Chair, at
Anthony.firstname.lastname@example.org. The website can be accessed at
NextStep Sustainable Communities
Sensible Land Use Organization
College of Design - Arizona State University
http://design.asu.edu/pdacademy/index.shtml (This site contains a directory of planners)
Minnesota Census Information
Library of Congress
The Congress of the United States has a presence on the web. This site is a jumping off place for the House, Senate and
Congressional Record. http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.html
Center for Rural Massachusetts
Center for Rural Massachusetts is a site that has articles of interest
regarding cluster housing.
The Planning Commissioners Journal
The Planning Commissioners Journal site had changed it's name to Planners Web The major focus for the Planners Web is
the development of an "On-Line Planning Encyclopedia" or "OPE" for short. They have also developed a resource guide on sprawl.
This can be found at http://www.plannersweb.com/sprawl.html.
1000 Friends of Minnesota
Our mission is to promote development that creates healthy communities while conserving natural areas, family farms, woodlands and
The Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework's report
The Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework's report is now available on the Water Resources Center's web site: http://wrc.umn.edu/ . A formal presentation of the recommendations by Framework project leader Deborah Swackhamer to the Minnesota House of Representative's Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2011.
The Water Resources Center web site will also host a Framework feedback/comment box through January 31. Comments will be compiled and forwarded to the legislative leaders.
You can continue to follow Framework-related news on http://wrc.umn.edu/ throughout the year.