The Minneapolis Plan (2000)
The Minneapolis Plan was adopted by the Mayor and City Council on March 24, 2000 as the City’s official comprehensive plan. It was replaced by the Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth, adopted October 2, 2009.
The Minneapolis Plan consists of four volumes:
- Volume 1: Policy Document – policy guidance
- Volume 2: Technical Appendix – appendices for land use, transportation, housing, and historic preservation
- Volume 3: Technical Appendix – appendices for aviation, parks and open space, water resources, libraries, and energy
- Volume 4: Technical Appendix – appendices for implementation, capital improvements, and related plans
The following documents are provided as resources for users of The Minneapolis Plan:
- The Minneapolis Plan Guide
- Community Brochures
- Land Use Category Definitions
- Policy Summary
- Downtown 2010
Since it was adopted in 2000, the Policy Document of The Minneapolis Plan has been amended several times. Below is a listing of the specific amendments and an overview of what the amendments covered.
Transit Station Areas (TSAs)
- Approved by City Council 7/22/02; Approved by Metropolitan Council 12/18/02
- Adds Transit Station Areas (TSAs) as a land use category along dedicated, fixed-route transit lines (e.g., LRT, commuter rail, busway) to Chapter 4 - Marketplaces: Neighborhoods and in Chapter 9 - City Form.
- Recognizes that TSA's provide unique opportunities for investment in development that maximizes the benefits of transit such as multi-family housing, high employment work places, and other uses with high pedestrian traffic (e.g. schools, entertainment, and retail services).
- Adds policies 4.18 - 4.21 regarding TSA's to Chapter 4 - Marketplaces: Neighborhoods and policies 9.36 - 9.39 to Chapter 9 - City Form.
- Eliminates Minnehaha Mall as an Auto-Oriented Shopping Center land use.
- Eliminates the Hiawatha/Minnehaha Corridor as a Major Housing Site designation on maps 4.3, 4.5, 9.8 and 9.10 but retains its corridor-wide references.
- Approved by City Council 11/22/02; Approved by Metropolitan Council 1/23/03
- Amendment rewrites the housing section in Chapter 4 - Marketplaces: Neighborhoods and in Chapter 9 - City Form.
- Eliminates existing Policy 4.9: "Implement Housing Principles and Housing Impact Measures."
- Adds new Policy 4.9: "Minneapolis will grow by increasing its supply of housing."
- Eliminates existing Policy 4.10: "Minneapolis will reasonably accommodate the housing needs of all of its citizens."
- Adds new Policy 4.10: "Minneapolis will increase its housing that is affordable to low and moderate income households."
- Eliminates existing Policy 4.11: "Minneapolis will improve the range of housing options for those with few or constrained choices."
- Adds new Policy 4.11: "Minneapolis will improve the availability of housing options for residents."
- Eliminates existing Policy 4.12: "Assume appropriate responsibility for affordable housing."
- Adds new Policy 4.12: "Minneapolis will reasonably accommodate the housing needs of all of its citizens."
- Eliminates existing Policy 4.13: "Minneapolis will expand the type and range of housing types for residents with substantial choice." No revised policy has been brought forward to replace Policy 4.13; Policy 4.13 is permanently eliminated.
Tier II Sewer Plan
- Approved by City Council 11/8/02; Approved by Metropolitan Council 1/29/03
- Amendment incorporates Tier II Sewer Plan completed by city.
- Tier II Plan provides detailed workout plan for combined sewer overflows (CSOs) corrective actions, based on recommendations from joint CSO Evaluation Study conducted by city and Metropolitan Council.
- The Tier II Sewer Plan outlines the activities surrounding the City’s CSO related activities as they relate to the Study. This includes the planned rainleader disconnect program, capital improvements, and public education.
- Approved by City Council 5/16/03; Approved by Metropolitan Council 6/9/03
- Extends Commercial Corridor designation for West Broadway from Mississippi River to 26th Avenue North; extends Community Corridor designation for West Broadway from 26th Avenue North to the City boundary.
- Approved by City Council 1/14/05; Approved by Metropolitan Council 2/2/05.
- Amendment corrects discrepancies between text and tables.
- Approved by City Council 4/29/05; Approved by Metropolitan Council 6/13/05
- Adds the principles of sustainability to the introduction. Sustainability Amendment (#5)
- Amends City Goal #6 to read "Preserve and enhance our environmental, economic and social realms to promote a sustainability Minneapolis.
- Adds sustainability as a theme of The Minneapolis Plan.
- Adds measures for implementation of sustainability goals.
Southeast Minneapolis Industrial (SEMI) Area
- Approved by City Council 1/27/06; Approved by Metropolitan Council 8/23/06.
- Incorporates the policy direction and future land use guidance from the SEMI Refined Master Plan into the comprehensive plan.
- SEMI Land Use Maps:
- Land Use Policy Maps:
- Text Changes:
- Approved by City Council 6/16/06; Approved by Metropolitan Council 10/11/06; Approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 1/29/07.
- Meets the requirements of the Mississippi River Critical Area Act of 1973, updating the 1989 Critical Area Plan.
- Documents the City's river corridor resources and sets forth those policies and implementation strategies the City has adopted to protect the natural, cultural, historic, commercial, and recreational value of the river corridor.
For More Information
Minneapolis CPED, Planning Division
250 S 4th Street, Room 110 PSC
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Last updated Mar. 5, 2012