River Corridor Land Use and Development Blog

As more cities move to embrace the river and capitalize on its exceptional value, FMR works within metro river communities to ensure that public access, scenic views, historic preservation and environmental quality are respected.

Here are the park plans and developments that our river corridor team has its eye on. Learn more about the program, how we evaluate development plans and all the places we work.

Development and land use updates are also shared on social (Facebook and Twitter) and in FMR's Mississippi Messages newsletter.

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Colleen O'Connor Toberman
November 15, 2020

A new Memorial to Survivors of Sexual Violence, the nation's first, stands near the Mississippi River in Boom Island Park. Project leaders told us that the public location offers healing and recognition to victim-survivors while calling all of us to seek justice and create a better future.  >>

November 12, 2020

Minneapolis is about to adopt a new Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area ordinance to guide riverfront development for years to come. With your help, we can add a requirement for bird-safe buildings along the river's crucial migratory flyway >>.

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
October 14, 2020

A recent article in Belt Magazine explores the history of disinvestment and racial disparities in Minneapolis and poses the question: Will Upper Harbor Terminal lead to real change? FMR's staff and board member share their concerns.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
October 9, 2020

Dense urban development is crucial to fighting climate change. Here's how we balance density with other important principles of good riverfront design when evaluating development projects.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
October 7, 2020

What did the Mississippi River look like before the locks and dams? For a few days, we got a glimpse near St. Anthony Falls of what a less-encumbered Mississippi might look like if locks and dams are removed. Check out our photos.  >>

September 17, 2020

Minneapolis residents have a chance to weigh in on the MRCCA draft ordinance. While we like a lot about the draft, we think it could be better for the birds. Find out more and submit your comments >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
September 15, 2020

The city of Minneapolis is taking public comments on its new ordinance to guide riverfront development and land management. The ordinance has a lot of strengths, but we'd like to see more protections for birds along this crucial migratory flyway.

Learn more by reading FMR's analysis or attending our upcoming virtual Q&A. >>

September 3, 2020

Curran, a Youth Empowerment Program participant, used data and mapping skills to visualize environmental injustice across Minneapolis and St. Paul. >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
September 2, 2020

Metro-area cities and townships are beginning to adopt new baseline riverfront protections. Is your city is on the list of communities writing their ordinances this fall? Find out how you can shape river rules based on your community's values and priorities. One example: Minneapolis might require bird-safe measures for new riverfront construction, since migrating songbirds are especially vulnerable to collisions in cities on the Mississippi flyway.  >>

Colleen O'Connor Toberman
August 21, 2020

Thanks to advocacy by FMR and its partners, new monitoring wells have been installed at Ford Area C. These wells will provide a better understanding of any hazards posed by this dumpsite on the floodplain.  >>

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