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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 or City Planning Commission. 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.

Process for initiating and reviewing zoning code amendments

Minneapolis 2040 happenings

On December 7, 2018, the Minneapolis City Council directed staff to submit a final draft of Minneapolis 2040 to the Metropolitan Council for their review. That review is complete, and the Metropolitan Council is scheduled to consider Minneapolis 2040 for approval on September 25, 2019. The Metropolitan Council evaluates local plans for consistency with the regional Thrive MSP 2040 plan, and with metropolitan systems plans for housing, transportation, parks, and water.

Following approval from the Metropolitan Council, the Minneapolis City Council will take final action on Minneapolis 2040. City Council action is expected on October 11, 2019, with a presentation from staff at the Committee of the Whole meeting on October 10. Staff will recommend to the City Council that the policies in Minneapolis 2040 have an effective date of November 16, 2019. This will give time for stakeholders, staff, and elected officials to prepare for the transition from the current Comprehensive Plan to Minneapolis 2040.
In the coming years the City will make a series of amendments to the zoning code and maps to implement the policies of Minneapolis 2040, as required by state statute. The first of these will be changes that allow three residential units per property, to coincide with the effective date of Minneapolis 2040.
Below is a timeline of the next steps leading to the adoption of the 2040 plan.


Municipalities in the Twin Cities area are required to provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated comprehensive plan every ten years. The comprehensive plan must be consistent with the Metropolitan Council’s regional development guide. The Metropolitan Council is currently reviewing the final draft of the City’s comprehensive plan update, Minneapolis 2040, following two years of engagement and over 100 meetings with the people of Minneapolis, who helped to establish the priorities and content of the plan. Minneapolis 2040 will replace the existing comprehensive plan, The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth, and is expected to be formally adopted later in 2019. Once Minneapolis 2040 becomes legally effective, the City will proceed with a multi-year effort to revise its zoning regulations and maps.

Proposed Amendments

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.

Adopted Amendments

Amendments Adopted in 2019

 Amendments Adopted Prior to 2019

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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 Sep 1, 2019



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