Amendments to the Minneapolis Zoning Code
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 is continuously evolving for a variety of reasons, which include, but are not limited to, complying with state law or other public agency requirements, ensuring consistency with adopted plans, responding to changing market conditions and development patterns, and simplifying and streamlining City processes.
Process for initiating and reviewing zoning code amendments
Zoning code text amendments are proposed (or “introduced”) by members of the City Council. Amendments are prioritized 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.
|Formal Adoption Process|
Municipalities in the Twin Cities area are required to provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated comprehensive plan every 10 years. The City’s new comprehensive plan, Minneapolis 2040, took effect on January 1, 2020. In the coming years the City will make a series of amendments to the zoning code’s text and maps to implement the policies of this new plan, as required by state statute. Ordinance changes allowing duplexes and triplexes in Minneapolis’ lowest-density residential areas took effect on January 1st. In addition, an inclusionary zoning ordinance, requiring affordable units in most new residential developments, also took effect on January 1st. More information about these ordinances, as well as other proposed and recently-adopted changes, can be found below.
The following amendments are currently under review by City staff or by the City Planning Commission, Zoning & Planning Committee, and/or City Council. All media inquiries should be directed to the City of Minneapolis Communications Department.
Amendments Adopted in 2019
- Inclusionary Zoning
- Maximum Occupancy
- Intentional Community Cluster Developments
- Drive-Through Facilities
- Residential Buildings with up to Three Units
Amendments Adopted Prior to 2019
For all media inquiries, contact the City of Minneapolis Communications Department.
To ask questions or to provide comments about a specific amendment, please contact the assigned staff. For general questions, please contact Jason Wittenberg, Manager of Code Development.
Last updated Jan 17, 2020