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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.

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