Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Minor Rulemaking

Mississippi River

On November 27, 2018 the DNR initiated a minor rulemaking. This rulemaking makes a technical change to update the definition of "River Corridor Boundary" in Minnesota Rules, part 6016.0050, subpart 64, for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area rule that took effect on January 4, 2017. The DNR recently identified minor technical errors in the original legal description created by Executive Order 79-19 and published in the State Register on March 12, 1979 (Volume 3, pages 1681 - 1691). The DNR published a complete corrected legal description in the November 5, 2018 State Register (43 SR 508). The sole purpose of this rulemaking is to update the rule to reference the corrected November 2018 legal description publication instead of the incorrect 1979 publication.

A summary and explanation of the legal description corrections can be found in the Explanation of Legal Description Corrections.

The rulemaking will be conducted according to Minnesota Statutes 14.388. This type of rulemaking is used for rule changes that do not alter the sense, meaning, or effect of a rule. In this case, updating the reference in the MRCCA rules to the November 5, 2018 State Register publication containing the corrected legal description will not affect the boundary as it has been used to administer MRCCA plans and ordinances for the past 39 years. No other changes to the MRCCA rules adopted on January 4, 2017, are included in this rulemaking.

The rulemaking process includes these steps:

  • The DNR submits a "notice" of submission to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) on November 27, 2018, starting the rulemaking process.
  • The DNR emails and mails the notice of submission to interested parties.
  • Interested parties have five working days through December 4, 2018 to submit comments to OAH (no public hearing) through their e-comments site.
  • We anticipate receiving the Administrative Law Judge's decision approving or disapproving the rule after December 11, 2018.
  • The adopted rule is published in the State Register.

Please see Rulemaking by the DNR for more information.