Minneapolis 2040, the City’s comprehensive plan, includes policies that guide how land should be used. State law requires consistency between adopted plans and a city’s zoning ordinance. This effort will satisfy that requirement, using the comprehensive plan’s 12 Future Land Use categories to guide the development of new regulations, governing issues such as:
- Uses allowed in each zoning district
- Development standards that apply to uses allowed by zoning district (size of individual uses, where retail mixed-use is required, etc.)
- Creation and mapping of new zoning districts to be consistent with the Future Land Use Map in Minneapolis 2040
Goals of the amendment
New and updated land use regulations will ensure that key elements of Minneapolis 2040 will be implemented.
- Climate change resilience and Clean environment through more efficient use of land by setting the stage for more complete neighborhoods and more efficient transportation options and travel patterns.
- Affordable and accessible housing and Complete neighborhoods by improving access to a variety of land use designations citywide, setting the stage for potential access to more goods and services and employment opportunities closer to where people live and work.
- More residents and jobs by regulating the efficient use of land.
- Eliminate disparities by ensuring ample access to a variety of land use designations citywide, making it easier to achieve other goals related to complete neighborhoods and transportation access.
This amendment also provides the opportunity to make the zoning ordinance easier for users to navigate, and easier for staff to administer. Special attention will be paid to the structure of the ordinance with an eye toward making it a more user-friendly tool. Some examples of how this outcome could be achieved:
- Reducing the overall number of zoning districts – including the potential elimination of overlay districts with regulations better administered elsewhere
- Broader descriptions of allowed uses, meaning fewer individual uses to distinguish from one another
- Improving clarity for all stakeholders by reducing the instances where special applications are needed to establish a given use
Applicable sections of the zoning code
The following chapters of the zoning code are expected to be impacted by the proposed ordinance and are under consideration as part of the amendment:
- Chapter 520, Introductory Provisions
- Chapter 521, Zoning Districts and Maps Generally
- Chapter 525, Administration and Enforcement
- Chapter 527, Planned Unit Development
- Chapter 529, Interim Ordinances
- Chapter 530, Site Plan Review
- Chapter 531, Nonconforming Uses and Structures
- Chapter 535, Regulations of General Applicability
- Chapter 536, Specific Development Standards
- Chapter 537, Accessory Uses and Structures
- Chapter 541, Off-Street Parking and Loading
- Chapter 543, On-Premise Signs
- Chapter 544, Off-Premise Advertising Signs and Billboards
- Chapter 546, Residence Districts
- Chapter 547, Office Residence Districts
- Chapter 548, Commercial Districts
- Chapter 549, Downtown Districts
- Chapter 550, Industrial Districts
- Chapter 551, Overlay Districts
City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole
- August 18, 2022 – Staff presented an update on the project including information on proposed new primary districts, overlay district changes, commercial use standards, use tables, and code structure.
- March 10, 2022 – Staff gave an overview of the process to come, highlighting key considerations and a general timeline of the work.
Public Meetings and Outreach
- Small Group Meetings with key Stakeholders – Fall 2022
- Virtual Public Meeting – Fall 2022
- Online surveys and comment opportunities – Fall 2022
- 45-day Public Review Period – Fall 2022
- Planning Commission Public Hearing – Early 2023
- Business, Inspections, Housing, and Zoning Committee – Early 2023
- City Council – Early 2023
- Published Ordinance in Effect – Early 2023
Following the mayoral signature the ordinance will be formally adopted, provided that the amendment is reviewed and approved according to the current schedule.
- August 18, 2022 CPC COW Memo
- March 10, 2022 CPC COW Memo
- Legislation Details: Legislative file will be linked through LIMS when available.
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