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Posted on: January 31, 2020

River to Rail Economic Incentive Policy

Organizations, local government, entrepreneurs and developers, working together have created a shared vision, now known as the Rail to River Initiative. The vision is to build on the current momentum to revitalize Brainerd’s community district and create a strategic narrative that encourages planning and new private sector investment for the future. Individuals and businesses that choose to invest in this area may receive assistance with planning, financing, and securing permits.

As of July 1, 2019, all City permit fees, plan review fees and any SAC and WAC fees for construction projects with a valuation less than $150,000 will be waived.
- The State of Minnesota surcharge will continue to be applied to all projects located in the River to Rail Corridor.
Any property owner or contractor who fails to obtain a permit will be denied the economic incentive and be charged an investigative fee, which is equal to the original cost of the permit.

River to Rail Economic Incentive Corridor click below to view the map.
The project area boundaries are as one- half block north of Washington street to one- half block south of Oak street; from the Mississippi River to 19th Street SE.


Incentive Corridor Map
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