We are disappointed that the DNR did not pay attention to the river’s economic value and we have strong concerns that these new rules will have a negative effect on development, redevelopment, and future investment in the East Metro. We should be promoting economic growth, not placing new restrictions on property development and redevelopment, especially expansion.
The MRCCA is comprised of 72 miles of river (29 of which are in Saint Paul) and 54,000 acres of surrounding land in 30 governmental subdivisions. The MRCCA is currently regulated by local governments through the MRCCA guidelines. In directing the DNR to create rules for the MRCCA, the state legislature was clear that the DNR needed to factor in the importance of development and redevelopment along the river.
Read more about SPACC’s concerns with the rules in our 2014 letter to the DNR and 2016 letter to the Administrative Law Judge.