Zoning code text amendment process

We explain the zoning code text amendment process.

The Minneapolis zoning code is the City’s primary tool for regulating land uses and implementing the policies of the comprehensive plan.

The zoning code evolves for a variety of reasons. These reasons include, but are not limited to, the need to:

  • Comply with state law or other public agency requirements
  • Ensure consistency with adopted plans
  • Respond to changing market conditions and development patterns
  • Simplify and streamline City ordinances and processes

Process for initiating and reviewing zoning code amendments

  • Members of the City Council propose (or "introduce") zoning code text amendments.
  • The City prioritizes amendments through a workplan developed by CPED and adopted by the City Council.
  • City staff in CPED’s Code Development Team are responsible for researching zoning code text amendments and preparing draft language to present to policymakers.
  • All zoning code changes are developed and reviewed through the following process in order to be adopted into the City’s code of ordinances.

Amendment initiated

  • At a City Council meeting, a City Council member provides notice of intent to introduce an ordinance change.
  • Subject matter is introduced at a City Council meeting one cycle after notice of intent has been provided. This step outlines the subject of the proposed ordinance and indicates which ordinance chapters may be changed.
  • The ordinance change is referred to CPED for analysis, typically by the City Council’s Zoning & Planning Committee

Staff research

  • City staff conducts research and analyzes options.
  • Peer city comparisons.
  • City Planning Commission discussion at Committee of the Whole.
  • Draft amendment language proposed. Internal and external feedback is received and considered.

Formal adoption process

  • A staff report is drafted and specific ordinance text is proposed and posted on the City Planning Commission’s web site.
  • The City Planning Commission holds a public hearing, considers public feedback, and makes a recommendation to the City Council.
  • The City Council’s Zoning & Planning Committee reviews the ordinance and makes a recommendation to the full City Council.
  • The City Council acts on the proposed ordinance.
  • Mayoral signature.
  • The ordinance amendment is published, which is the effective date of the regulations. The ordinance change becomes part of the City’s code of ordinances.

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Jason Wittenberg

Community Planning & Economic Development




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Minneapolis, MN 55415