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Downtown East / North Loop Master Plan

Downtown East / North Loop Master Plan

  • Establish continuous zones on the outer edges of downtown sidewalks where functional hardware (such as streetlights, signage and parking meters) are located in manner that is as uniform as possible. (72) 
  • Wherever possible, establish continuous zones on the inner or outer edges of downtown sidewalks for street furnishings, planters, public art, and other amenities. Streetscape treatments should be incorporated into the length of all Primary Pedestrian Movement Corridors to form consistent connections between significant destinations and features. (72)
  • Focus on the creation of human-scaled elements and spaces (public art, fountains, or gardens) around HCMC and the Metrodome in an effort to balance the institutional qualities of the hospital buildings and the overwhelming scale of the stadium. (80-81)
  • Prepare and adopt urban design guidelines for the public realm to establish the general principles for streetscape and landscape improvements and the establishment of open spaces. Formally adopt these urban design guidelines to incorporate a performance-based checklist where a minimum number of points would be required for site plan approval by the City. (124)

Access Minneapolis Ch.10 Pedestrian Facility Design

Access Minneapolis Ch.10 Pedestrian Facility Design

  • The Planting/Furnishing Zone contains trees, signs, street lights, utility boxes, planted boulevards, landscaping, planters, bus shelters, bicycle parking and other furniture. Width should be 5.5 feet or more, depending on street type. ( pp. 10-7)
  • A minimum of 4 feet of clear, unobstructed Through Walk Zone must be maintained between all obstructions and the edge of sidewalk cafes when the existing sidewalk is 12 feet or less. ( pp. 10-13)

The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth

The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth

  • Utilize pedestrian lighting, seasonal lighting, and furniture to increase comfort and safety so that streets become places for people. (10.23.5 pp. 10-20)
  • Integrate placement of street furniture and fixtures, including landscaping and lighting, to serve a function and not obstruct pedestrian pathways and pedestrian flows. (10.16.3 pp. 10-20)
  • Develop public plaza standards that give specific guidance on preferred design and maintenance of seating, lighting, landscaping and other amenities utilizing climate sensitive design principles. (10.14.6 pp. 10-19)
  • Coordinate site designs and public right-of-way improvements to provide adequate sidewalk space for pedestrian movement, street trees, landscaping, street furniture, sidewalk cafes and other elements of active pedestrian areas. (10.9.4 pp. 10-13)
  • Encourage pedestrian scale lighting throughout neighborhoods as well as in areas such as waterfronts, pathways, parks and plazas, and designated historic districts. (10.17.3 pp. 10-22)
  • Provide sufficient lighting for better way-finding and safe circulation within and around a development. (10.17.6 pp. 10-22)
  • Encourage additional pedestrian-scale, exterior lighting in growth centers, activity centers, commercial nodes, pedestrian overlay districts and transit station areas. (10.17.7 pp. 10-22)
  • Provide high-quality fixture designs that are appropriate to street types and land use, and that provide pedestrian friendly illumination, but minimize glare and dark sky conditions, and other unnecessary light pollution. (10.17.1 pp. 10-22)
  • Encourage pedestrian scale lighting throughout neighborhoods as well as in areas such as waterfronts, pathways, parks and plazas, and designated historic districts. (10.17.3 pp. 10-22)

Access Minneapolis Ch.10 Pedestrian Facility Design

Access Minneapolis Ch.10 Pedestrian Facility Design

  • Wayfinding elements are best located in the Planting/Furnishing zone where they can be orientated at pedestrian eye level. Wayfinding shall not encroach upon the pedestrian Through Walk Zone, the Clear Corner Zone, or the clear zones at transit stops. Wayfinding signs should be located where larger numbers of pedestrians who are generally not familiar with an area congregate, such as cultural institutions, convention centers, entertainment districts, sports arenas, transit stations, and major tourist destinations. (10.7.1 pp. 10-57)

Bicycle Facility Manual Chapter 5: Bicycle Parking

  • Detailed descriptions of design considerations, guidance, and specifications for a variety of bicycle parking types


Zoning Code: Plaza Standards

Zoning Code: Plaza Standards

535.810. - Development standards for all permitted plazas.

  • (4) Aerial obstructions. Plazas shall be unobstructed to the sky except for seating, arbors, trellises, kiosks, lighting, water features, public art and landscaping. Up to thirty (30) percent of the plaza area may include umbrellas, awnings or an arcade.
  • (6) Seating.
    a. A minimum of one (1) linear foot of seating shall be provided for each fifty (50) square feet of plaza area.
    b. A minimum of twenty (20) percent of the required seating shall consist of fixed seating. A minimum of twenty (20) percent of the required seating shall consist of seating with backs.
    c. A minimum of two (2) different types of seating shall be required. Seating may take on multiple forms, including traditional and non-traditional seating, provided that it is accessible and all other seating requirements of this section are met.
    d. All seating must be of appropriate ergonomic design.
    e. Seating provided for sidewalk cafes or other adjacent uses shall not count toward the minimum seating requirement of this ordinance.
  • (7) Encroachments and setbacks.
    a. Plazas shall not encroach into the public right-of-way without the property owner first obtaining an encroachment permit.
    b. All seating, water features, arbors, trellises, trash receptacles or other accessory equipment and furnishings shall comply with the minimum yard requirements of the zoning district in which they are located.
  • (9) Additional amenities. Plazas must provide at least one of the following additional amenities. Plazas in excess of five thousand (5,000) square feet shall provide a minimum of two (2) of the following additional amenities:
    a. Living wall. Provide a living wall on at least one (1) building façade directly fronting on the plaza. The living wall shall be composed of panels that total a minimum of fifty (50) percent of the wall area on the building façade. A portion of the plantings shall provide greenery year round, if possible.
    b. Water feature, including but not limited to, fountains, reflecting pools, children's play features and waterfalls. Water features shall be designed and maintained for year-round functionality and aesthetics.
    c. Art feature. Art shall strive to promote quality design, enhance a sense of place and be maintained in good order for the life of the plaza. The art shall be located where it is highly visible to the public. The art shall be valued at not less than one-fourth (.25) of one (1) percent of the capital cost of the principal structure.
    d. Moveable chairs. Such chairs shall be equivalent to twenty-five (25) percent of the minimum seating requirement. Moveable chairs may be removed during the nighttime hours of 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
    e. Game tables and associated seating. A minimum of two (2) game tables and associated seating shall be provided.
    f. Kiosk. Such kiosk may be no greater than one hundred (100) square feet in area and may only be occupied by uses permitted in the underlying zoning district.
    g. Public drinking fountain. Such public drinking fountain shall be visible from an adjacent public street, public sidewalk or public pathway.
    h. Stormwater functionality. Provide capacity for infiltrating stormwater generated onsite. Such stormwater amenity may be counted as two amenities if done in an artistic and educational manner.

Bicycle Parking

541.180 Bicycle Parking

  • (b) Bicycle parking standards. Each required bicycle parking space must be accessible without moving another bicycle and its placement shall not result in a bicycle obstructing a required walkway. Bicycle racks shall be installed to the manufacturer's specifications, including the minimum recommended distance from other structures. In addition:
    • (1) Required short-term bicycle parking spaces shall be located in a convenient and visible area within fifty (50) feet of a principal entrance and shall permit the locking of the bicycle frame and one (1) wheel to the rack and shall support a bicycle in a stable position without damage to the wheels, frame or components. With the permission of the city engineer, required bicycle parking may be located in the public right-of-way. Public bicycle parking spaces may contribute to compliance with required bicycle parking when located adjacent to the property in question.
    • (2) Required long-term bicycle parking spaces shall be located in enclosed and secured or supervised areas providing protection from theft, vandalism and weather and shall be accessible to intended users. Required long-term bicycle parking for residential uses shall not be located within dwelling units or within deck or patio areas accessory to dwelling units. With permission of the zoning administrator, long-term bicycle parking spaces for non-residential uses may be located off-site within three hundred (300) feet of the site.
  • (c) Downtown districts. Developments with five hundred thousand (500,000) square feet of new or additional gross floor area in downtown districts shall provide bicycle parking and bicycle facilities as required by Chapter 549, Downtown Districts. All other developments in the downtown districts shall provide one (1) secure bicycle parking space for every twenty (20) automobile spaces provided, but in no case shall fewer than four (4) or more than thirty (30) bicycle parking spaces be required. For the purposes of this section, a secure bicycle parking space shall include a bicycle rack which permits the locking of the bicycle frame and one (1) wheel to the rack, and which supports the bicycle in a stable position without damage to wheels, frame or components. Residential uses in the downtown districts are subject to the requirements of Table 541-3, Bicycle Parking Requirements.


Chapter 464 Newsracks

  • The purpose of this chapter is to promote the public health, safety and welfare through the regulation of placement, type, appearance and servicing of newsracks on public rights-of-way

Last updated Jan 30, 2019



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