City Council approves Minneapolis 2040

The City’s Comprehensive Plan will guide City decision-making with a key focus on promoting equitable growth

The Minneapolis City Council voted today to approve Minneapolis 2040 — the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which will help shape how the city will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents can benefit.

The Comprehensive Plan includes 14 goals with an overarching theme: Minneapolis’ growth must be managed with a focus on undoing barriers created by a history of policies in the city that have prevented equitable access to housing, jobs and investments, resulting in significant disparities between white people and people of color. Nearly 100 policies with action steps outline ways to achieve the plan’s goals.

Minneapolis 2040 will guide future growth for the city. It is not an instruction book, but rather a tool to frame the city’s growth, set direction and give high-level guidance. This plan will be used to inform future ordinances, zoning code revisions and the City’s strategic racial equity plan, among other items.

The Comprehensive Plan calls for allowing more housing options, especially in areas that lack housing choices and access to transit, goods and services. It also includes several policies to make the city more resilient to climate change.

Inclusionary Zoning framework, interim ordinance 

The Minneapolis 2040 Plan allows for greater residential and mixed-use building density. The City Council also adopted an Inclusionary Housing Policy today directing staff to develop a comprehensive inclusionary housing policy to be considered for adoption by the City Council at the end of 2019 that supports the affordable housing goals of the Minneapolis 2040 Plan.

The City Council adopted an Interim Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, effective for new land use applications submitted after Jan. 1, 2019. The ordinance will apply to residential rental developments that include applications to increase a property’s development capacity by 60 percent or more. The interim ordinance requires 10 percent of units to be affordable at 60 percent of area median income, or 20 percent of the units to be affordable at 50 percent of area median income if the development receives a City subsidy.

Next steps

The City will now submit the Comprehensive Plan to the Metropolitan Council, which requires municipalities in the Twin Cities area to provide updated comprehensive plans every 10 years. It must be consistent with the Metropolitan Council’s regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040, which sets the direction for the region’s growth and development.

 

Published Dec 7, 2018

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