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Upper Harbor Terminal - Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR)

As the Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU), the City of Minneapolis has determined that an Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) is required for the proposed redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal. The project is proposed by United Properties in partnership with First Avenue Productions, the City of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

This document constitutes an order for review. Enclosed is the Scoping Document for the proposed redevelopment. The Scoping Document is available for review and comment as part of the AUAR process as described in Minnesota Rules, part 4410.3610, subpart 5a.

Pursuant to Minnesota Rules, part 4410.3610, subpart 5a(C), the purpose of the comments on a Scoping Document for an AUAR is to suggest additional development scenarios and relevant issues to be analyzed in the review. Comments may suggest alternatives to the specific large project or projects proposed to be included in the review, including development at sites outside of the proposed geographic boundary. The comments must provide reasons why a suggested development scenario or alternative to a specific project is potentially environmentally superior to those identified in the RGU’s draft order.

AUAR Study Area

The AUAR study area encompasses 53 acres, including nine existing tax parcels and public and private infrastructure, located north of Lowry Avenue between I-94 and the Mississippi River.

Development Scenarios

Two development scenarios are proposed to be evaluated in the AUAR. Scenario 1 represents the density of the development proposed in the Upper Harbor Coordinated Development Plan (December 2020 Draft for Public Comment). Scenario 2 represents the maximum density allowed under the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

The development scenarios also include public infrastructure including but not limited to roadways, sidewalks, trails, stormwater features, and green space.

Public Comment Period

The public is invited to comment on the proposed development scenarios and relevant issues to be evaluated in the AUAR prior to issuance of a final AUAR order. The 30-day comment period will begin on February 16, 2021. Comments will be accepted through 4:00 p.m. on March 18, 2021 and should be addressed to: Hilary Dvorak, Principal City Planner.

Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) (PDF)

Scoping Document (PDF)

Last updated Feb 16, 2021



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