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Drive-Through Facilities Amendment


An ordinance was introduced by Council President Bender on February 9, 2018, to amend regulations for drive-through facilities.

The current draft of the amendment would expand the prohibition of new drive-through facilities to all zoning districts citywide and add clarity to the existing definition of “drive-through facility.” Existing drive-through facilities would be able to continue to operate, provided that they do not discontinue operation for more than a year and therefore retain nonconforming rights. Currently, drive-through facilities are already banned in 17 of the 23 primary zoning districts and are only allowed in six districts.

Where the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District or WB West Broadway Overlay District are present, drive-through facilities are not (generally) allowed. In addition, fast food restaurants in new buildings are only permitted in limited commercial and industrial areas of the city.

Goals of the Amendment

The amendment would expand upon the current trajectory of limiting the areas of the City where new drive-throughs are allowed. Prohibiting drive-throughs in all areas of the city will carry out existing adopted policy and goals related to land use, transportation, and the environment. The amendment would also achieve consistency with policies found in the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan, which will have a legal effective date later in 2019 and includes a policy that new drive-throughs shall be prohibited.

Prohibiting the establishment of new drive-through facilities would help to discourage a built environment that is associated with the following negative impacts to the public:

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:


Effective Date

Following the mayoral signature, the ordinance will be formally adopted on July 22, 2019, provided that the amendment is reviewed and approved according to the current schedule

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Last updated Jul 17, 2019



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