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Pedestrian Master Plan Appendix B

The Minneapolis Plan Goals and Policies Related to Pedestrians

The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth has extensive policies and goals related to improving the pedestrian environment of the City and increasing walking. These policies are primarily addressed through the Land Use, Transportation and Urban Design chapters. Most of these policies are listed below; for complete listing of policies, see The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

Land Use

Goal 1: Minneapolis will develop and maintain a land use pattern that strengthens the vitality, quality and urban character of its downtown core, commercial corridors, industrial areas, and neighborhoods while protecting natural systems and developing a sustainable pattern for future growth.

Policy 1.1: Establish land use regulations to achieve the highest possible development standards, enhance the environment, protect public health, support a vital mix of land uses, and promote flexible approaches to carry out the comprehensive plan.

Policy 1.3: Ensure that development plans incorporate appropriate transportation access and facilities, particularly for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit.

Policy 1.4: Develop and maintain strong and successful commercial and mixed use areas with a wide range of character and functions to serve the needs of current and future users.

Policy 1.7: Limit new and expanded auto-oriented uses in the city so impacts on the form and character of commercial areas and neighborhoods can be minimized.

Policy 1.9: Through attention to the mix and intensity of land uses and transit service, the City will support development along Community Corridors that enhances residential livability and pedestrian access.

Policy 1.10: Support development along Commercial Corridors that enhances the street’s character, fosters pedestrian movement, expands the range of goods and services available, and improves the ability to accommodate automobile traffic.

Policy 1.11: Preserve and enhance a system of Neighborhood Commercial Nodes that includes a mix of housing, neighborhood-serving retail, and community uses.

Policy 1.12: Support Activity Centers by preserving the mix and intensity of land uses and by enhancing the design features that give each center its unique urban character.

Policy 1.13: Support high density development near transit stations in ways that encourage transit use and contribute to interesting and vibrant places.

Policy 1.16: Support a limited number of Major Retail Centers, while promoting their compatibility with the surrounding area and their accessibility to transit, bicycle and foot traffic


Goal 2: Minneapolis will build, maintain and enhance access to multiā€modal transportation options for residents and businesses through a balanced system of transportation modes that supports the City’s land use vision, reduces adverse transportation impacts, decreases the overall dependency on automobiles, and reflects the city’s pivotal role as the center of the regional transportation network.

Policy 2.1: Encourage growth and reinvestment by sustaining the development of a multi-modal transportation system.

Policy 2.2: Support successful streets and communities by balancing the needs of all modes of transportation with land use policy.

Policy 2.3: Encourage walking throughout the city by ensuring that routes are safe, comfortable and pleasant.

Policy 2.8: Balance the demand for parking with objectives for improving the environment for transit, walking and bicycling, while supporting the city’s business community.

Policy 2.10: Support the development of a multi-modal Downtown transportation system that encourages an increasingly dense and vibrant regional center.

Urban Design

Goal 10: Minneapolis will be an attractive and inviting city that promotes harmony between the natural and built environments, gives prominence to pedestrian facilities and amenities, and respects the city’s traditional urban features while welcoming new construction and improvements.

Policy 10.2: Integrate pedestrian scale design features into Downtown site and building designs and infrastructure improvements.

Policy 10.3: Use skyways to connect buildings Downtown.

Policy 10.6: New multi-family development or renovation should be designed in terms of traditional urban building form with pedestrian scale design features at the street level.

Policy 10.9: Support urban design standards that emphasize traditional urban form with pedestrian scale design features at the street level in mixed-use and transit-oriented development.

Policy 10.10: Support urban design standards that emphasize a traditional urban form in commercial areas.

Policy 10.15: Wherever possible, restore and maintain the traditional street and sidewalk grid as part of new developments.

Policy 10.16: Design streets and sidewalks to ensure safety, pedestrian comfort and aesthetic appeal.

Policy 10.15: Wherever possible, restore and maintain the traditional street and sidewalk grid as part of new developments.

Policy 10.17: Provide sufficient lighting to reflect community character, provide a comfortable environment in a northern city and promote environmentally friendly lighting systems.

Policy 10.18: Reduce the visual impact of automobile parking facilities.

Policy 10.21: Unique areas and neighborhoods within the city should have a special set of sign standards to allow for effective signage appropriate to the planned character of each area/neighborhood.

Policy 10.22: Use Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles when designing all projects that impact the public realm, including open spaces and parks, on publicly owned and private land.

Policy 10.23 Promote climate-sensitive design principles to make the winter environment safe, comfortable and enjoyable.

Policy 10.24: Preserve the natural ecology and the historical features that define Minneapolis’ unique identity in the region.

Last updated Nov 27, 2018



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