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North Loop Small Area Plan

Approval Process

The North Loop Small Area Plan was forwarded by the City Planning Commission to the City Council Zoning and Planning Committee for approval on March 8, 2010. The document, with amendments, received full approval from the Minneapolis City Council on April 16, 2010. The City Council also directed staff to begin work on a rezoning study for the area; information on the Downtown Rezoning Study is available online. The final adopted version of the plan is available below.

North Loop Small Area Plan
North Loop Small Area Plan Appendix

Implementation Activities

Downtown Rezoning Study
Heritage Street Plan

A Supplement to the Downtown East/North Loop Master Plan

The Downtown East/North Loop Master Plan , adopted in 2003, provides policy guidance for the area surrounding the Hiawatha LRT line within Downtown with a special focus at the Downtown East and multi-modal transit stations. The plan includes recommendations for land use, infrastructure, transportation, parking, urban design, and streetscape. One major way the plan has been implemented since its adoption was with a large-scale rezoning in 2006 to encourage the type of transit-oriented development desired in the areas around the transit stations.

While the Twins Ballpark (Target Field) location was highlighted as a potential site in the plan, its future was still uncertain. Now that the ballpark is on track to open in 2010, Northstar Commuter Rail is opening in 2009, Central Corridor Light Rail Transit has a more certain future, the Southwest Transitway will make an alignment decision in 2009, and Bottineau Boulevard will likely run BRT or LRT into Downtown, more detailed analysis is warranted to be prepared for the likely market demand in the North Loop neighborhood.

Meeting Dates and Summaries

October 7, 2009 – Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Meeting Summary

August 19, 2009 – Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Meeting Summary
Draft Development Intensity Map
Work presented by HKGi

Neighborhood Features
Transportation Existing/Planned

Infrastructure Recommendations

Parks and Open Space

July 22, 2009 – Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Meeting Summary
Draft Development District Map

June 24, 2009 – Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Meeting Summary

April 22, 2009 – Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Background Presentation
Market Study Presentation
Meeting Summary

Supporting Material

Market Analysis: Overview of Development Prospects in the Lower North Loop – This document presents an initial, overview-level analysis of real estate market conditions in the Study Area, which comprises the portion of Minneapolis’s North Loop district that is situated to the southwest of 7 th Street North.

Bridging The Gap – A document created by planning students at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. The document focuses on issue identification and possible solutions to negative aspects of the "Lower North Loop."

For more information contact:

Joe Bernard, AICP, Principal City Planner
250 S 4th Street, Room 110
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 673-2422
[email protected]

Last updated Oct 29, 2018



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