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Above the Falls Master Plan Update

The Above the Falls Master Plan Update was approved by the City Council on Friday, June 14, 2013. The plan updates the policy guidance for Minneapolis' upper riverfront from the vision in the original plan adopted in 2000.

The approved version of the plan is linked below. In addition a brief 2-page summary of the planning process and main recommendations is available.

Above the Falls Master Plan Update

Appendices

A. Summary of Outreach

B. Technical Reports
Part 1: Scan and Information Development
Part 2: Land Use and Market Trends
Part 3: Redevelopment Scenarios Analysis
Part 4: Topical Research

C. Market and Economic Analysis Reports
Redevelopment Planning: Northwest Quadrant
Redevelopment Planning: Subarea 4

D. Health Impact Analysis

E. River First Plan

F. Regional Park Plan

Health Impact Assessment

In conjunction with the Policy Review and Implementation Study, the City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support was awarded a grant that will help ensure that the future development of the upper Mississippi riverfront makes our city a healthier place. The funding allowed Minneapolis to conduct a health impact assessment that added a health component to the City of Minneapolis Above the Falls Master Plan.  The grant was awarded by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, through support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

Using this grant, the City conducted the health impact assessment under the direction of the Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee and in collaboration with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to assess the ways in which proposed elements of the Master Plan will affect the health of people in the area. This will help policy makers and residents take a broad look at the impacts of decisions, helping maximize health benefits. The health impact assessment provided new health-based recommendations that were incorporated into the master plan in order to optimize the net health impacts on the river and surrounding area.

Above the Falls Health Impact Assessment Final Brief (English) 
Above the Falls Health Impact Assessment Final Brief (Lao) 
Above the Falls Health Impact Assessment Final Brief (Spanish)

Above the Falls Health Impact Assessment Process Summary

Upper Mississippi River Studio Summary

Public Survey

Map of Study Area

Additional Resources

ATF-PRIS: One-page Project Handout

ATF-PRIS: Frequently Asked Questions

Upper Harbor Terminal Redevelopment Study (2004)

Analysis of Neighborhood Plans and Recommendations for Youth Safety and Engagement

For more information contact:

Haila Maze, AICP, Principal City Planner
Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development Planning Division
105 5th Avenue South, Room 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 673-2098; Fax: (612) 673-2728

Joe Bernard, AICP, Senior City Planner
Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development Planning Division
105 5th Avenue South, Room 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 673-2422; Fax: (612) 673-2728

Last updated Nov 8, 2013