Stormwater ordinance and utility credits program update project

The City of Minneapolis adopted its Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP) in October 2018.

There are four water management organizations (WMOs) in Minneapolis that are affected by the WRMP:

These WMOs have requested that the City update its official controls as a condition of approval. Specifically, these controls are addressed in City Code Chapter 54, Stormwater Management.
In late 2018, the City began the process of updating City Code Chapter 54. As part of the process, the City commissioned research into and a summary of regulatory approaches to, and lessons learned about, stormwater management ordinances and utility credit programs, commonly referred to as benchmarking, across comparable cities in the United States. Combining reviews of the City’s stormwater management and its stormwater utility credit program are important to maintain coordination and work to achieve desired effects. The stormwater utility credit program will help motivate stormwater and land-use management changes, and the stormwater ordinance will ensure that engineering, financial, political, and other aspects are met. The benchmarking process concluded in July 2019.
Using the information generated through the benchmarking process, the City is working to engage its diverse group of internal and external stakeholders (residents and community advisory, technical advisory, and interdepartmental partners) to develop a flexible stormwater management code that maintains lakes, streams, and the Mississippi River.


July - September 2020 

  • Host additional stakeholder meetings; as needed
  • Make final modifications to the draft stormwater ordinance and credit program
  • Initial and complete the City of Minneapolis Council review and approval process

March – July 2020

  • CAP and TAP Communication
    • Objective: Provide an update of the project, discuss personnel changes and provide updated timeline
  • Host two CAP and TAP meetings 
    • 1st Meeting objectives: provide an update on  IDP and WMO interviews present overview of information learned from IDP, WMO Interviews and the benchmarking exercises and present proposed changes to chapter 54
      • 2nd Meeting objectives (include the IDP): Consider how the changes may affect their clients, programs and other development activities within the City.
  • Joint IDP and CAP/TAP Meeting 
    • Meeting objectives: Review final proposed changes to chapter 54 and present next steps for moving it through the council process. 
  • Project team meeting
    • Meeting Objectives: Consider information received,  draft  modifications to the Chapter 54, and review project progress and schedule

November 2019 – February 2020

  • Host three IDP meetings
    • 1st Meeting Objective: Present overview of information learned during the benchmarking exercises, suggest changes to Chapter 54, and request a second meeting to consider how the changes may affect their respective programs
    • 2nd Meeting Objective: Review how the changes may affect their respective programs, consider revisions to Chapter 54 and determine whether an additional meeting with the IDP is necessary
    • 3rd Meeting Objective: Provide answers to recurring questions and present next steps for engaging external partners
  • Host a MPRB collaboration meeting 
    • Meeting objective: Share available information and prepare planning staff to join the 3rd IDP meeting
  • Project team Meeting
    • Meeting Objectives: Consider information received from the IDP, discuss agenda for TAP and CAP meeting materials, and review project progress and schedule

June – October 2019

  • Project team meeting
    • Meeting Objectives: Consider information received from the benchmarking surveys, discuss modifications to Chapter 54 and review project progress and schedule

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