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Environmental Lawsuit Against Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan Tossed by Judge

The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds, and Smart Growth Minneapolis sued Minneapolis on environmental grounds after the city approved its landmark Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
May 5, 2019, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Hennepin County Judge Joseph R. Klein dismissed a lawsuit this week alleging the 2040 Comprehensive Plan could be disastrous for the environment, allowing the plan to proceed unhampered by the courts," reports Andy Mannix.

"Hennepin County Judge Joseph R. Klein dismissed a lawsuit this week alleging the 2040 Comprehensive Plan could be disastrous for the environment, allowing the plan to proceed unhampered by the courts," adds Mannix.

Klein had the last word, however, ruling this week "that the law didn't require the city to conduct a review before it approved the plan last December, and there isn't evidence to support claims that the plan poses of a serious threat to the environment."

More coverage from January offers additional perspective on the motivations of the lawsuit. Opposition from environmental groups threatened to derail the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan at the 11th hour, back in December 2018.

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Published on Friday, May 3, 2019 in Star Tribune
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