City releases draft comprehensive plan for public comment
Minneapolis 2040 will serve as a roadmap to manage city growth so all residents benefit
A draft of the City’s comprehensive plan is now public and for review. The online plan, called Minneapolis 2040, is a draft framework of interdependent policies, topics, actions steps and maps intended to drive a citywide conversation about how Minneapolis will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit.
This is the early stages of developing a final plan to manage Minneapolis’ growth. The goal is to provide a 20-year roadmap to follow so the existing disparities will not deepen and Minneapolis can be a city that works for everyone who lives here.
“Minneapolis is a growing city. The comprehensive plan outlines our commitment to making sure we’re growing the right way by allowing for more affordable housing options and taking steps to make sure that every neighborhood benefits from our strong regional economy,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “It also highlights innovative, targeted approaches for undoing a legacy of policies that have historically excluded communities of color and writing a new chapter for a more equitable city.”
“This plan has a bold vision for closing our city’s race equity gaps and ensuring people in all neighborhoods have access to transportation options, affordable housing and good jobs,” said council president Lisa Bender. “We know that we need to embrace significant changes if we are going to be a more equitable, more environmentally sustainable, and more healthy city. I look forward to hearing feedback and more ideas about how to achieve this vision as people review the draft.”
In the online draft report, policies are organized under 14 goals the City Council adopted in 2017, and also under 10 topic areas. These draft policies include:
- Increasing the supply and diversity of housing in all Minneapolis neighborhoods, including small-scale multi-family buildings.
- Committing to the production and preservation of affordable housing and to limiting housing displacement.
- Enhancing transportation options and reducing air pollution from transportation.
- Prohibiting new heavy industrial uses while preserving land for quality living-wage production and processing jobs.
- Supporting businesses by making it easier to have commercial uses near transit.
- Supporting entrepreneurship particularly in communities of color.
- Supporting the arts and creative economy.
- Supporting workers through living wages and workplace protections.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy-efficient buildings.
This draft plan is the result of extensive civic engagement over a period of three years, involving residents, business owners, developers and just about anyone with an interest in the future of Minneapolis.
Public comment period
Over the coming months, the City will do extensive outreach to residents to hear their concerns and ideas to improve the quality of life in the City. Comments will be collected at public meetings as well as online through July 22, 2018. That feedback will be taken into consideration as City staff revise the plan for City Council consideration.
Published Mar 22, 2018