Description: Lawsuit challenging the environmental review for redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.
Community Members for Environmental Justice v. City of Minneapolis
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 07/27/2022 Order Case dismissed as untimely. Minnesota Court Said Challenge to Minneapolis Redevelopment Project Was Untimely. A Minnesota state court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the City of Minneapolis’s approval of a redevelopment plan for the Upper Harbor Terminal on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The Star Tribune reported that the court found that the lawsuit was filed too late. The plaintiffs’ claims included that the City’s environmental review under the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act was inadequate, including because it failed to discuss the project’s contributions to climate change, mitigation of climate change, or the impacts of climate change on the project. 10/28/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Environmental Groups Alleged Inadequate Climate Change Analysis in Minneapolis Review of Riverfront Redevelopment Project. Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit in Minnesota district court challenging the City of Minneapolis’s approval of an Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) for redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal on the west bank of the Mississippi River. (An AUAR is “an accepted alternative form of environmental review for certain kinds of projects.”) The plaintiffs asserted that the City failed to comply with the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act. They sought an order enjoining the City from taking further action related to the project until the AUAR process was complete and an AUAR analysis was deemed adequate. The complaint’s allegations included that the final AUAR was inadequate because it failed to discuss the proposed project’s contributions to climate change, mitigation of climate change, or the impacts of climate change on the proposed project.