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Allowing Up to 3-unit Buildings in Lower-Intensity Districts, Related Development Standards, and Limits on Lot Combinations

Allowing Up to 3-unit Buildings in Lower-Intensity Districts, Related Development Standards, and Limits on Lot Combinations

Credit: Minneapolis 2040


An ordinance was introduced by Council President Bender and Council Member Schroeder on March 1, 2019, to amend regulations for residential buildings with up to three-units in lower-intensity districts, along with related development standards.

An ordinance was introduced by Council Member Schroeder on October 19, 2018, to amend regulations for lot combinations in lower-density zoning districts.

The intent of these amendments is to implement policy guidance in Minneapolis 2040 by allowing more housing options in low-density districts, but within the same building scale and building size allowed for single-family dwellings.

Goals of the amendment

The amendment would allow duplexes and triplexes in more areas of the City where currently not allowed. As stated in Minneapolis 2040, goals of the amendment are to eliminate disparities, accommodate demand for growth, allow a variety of housing options throughout the city, and promote complete neighborhoods.

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:


City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole (August 22, 2019)

City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole—Special Meeting (September 16, 2019)

City Planning Commission (October 7, 2019). This meeting includes the opportunity to provide testimony at a public hearing.

City Council Zoning & Planning Committee (tentatively October 31, 2019)

Minneapolis City Council (tentatively November 8, 2019)

Effective date

Following the mayoral signature, the ordinance will be formally adopted on November 16, 2019, provided that the amendment is reviewed and approved according to the current schedule.

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Last updated Sep 13, 2019



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