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Minnesota Land Use Planning (1-MN-a)

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 for “… 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).


Land Use Planning Process

1-MN-a.1 – Initiate Route Permit Process

In Minnesota, local government land use planning is preempted by the Minnesota Public Utility Commission’s authority to issue Route Permits and Site Permits for large electric generating plants and high-voltage transmission lines. Minn. Stat. §216E.10(1). A high-voltage transmission line “…is a conductor of electric energy and associated facilities designed for and capable of operation at a nominal voltage of 100 kilovolts or more and is greater than 1,500 feet in length.” Minn. Stat. §216E.01(4). For more information about Route Permits for high-voltage transmission lines see:

Transmission Siting Process:
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Energy Facilities Planning Supervisor (651) 201.2236