An ordinance was introduced by Council Member Gordon on November 8, 2019, to amend regulations for accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The amendment would implement adopted policy in Minneapolis 2040 which calls for allowing the establishment of ADUs accessory to both owner-occupied and non-owner-occupied single- and two-family dwellings. Since ADUs were legalized in Minneapolis in 2014, they have only been permitted on homesteaded properties.
Goals of the amendment
The proposed amendment is intended to help the city achieve the following Minneapolis 2040 goals:
- More residents and jobs: through allowing more properties in the City the opportunity to establish ADUs and incrementally increase population.
- Affordable and accessible housing: through allowing more properties in the City the opportunity to establish ADUs, providing additional housing options, including in areas where both housing supply and housing choice are limited.
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 525, Administration and Enforcement
- Chapter 537, Accessory Uses and Structures
- City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole (October 22, 2020)
- City Planning Commission (January 25, 2021)
- City Council Zoning & Planning Committee (February 16, 2021)
- Minneapolis City Council (February 26, 2021)
- Legislation Details: Owner-occupancy requirement for accessory dwelling units ordinance (2019-01207)
- City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole Memo (October 22, 2020)
- City Planning Commission Staff Report (January 25, 2021)