6. High-quality physical environment: In 2040, Minneapolis will enjoy a high-quality and distinctive physical environment in all parts of the city.
A well-designed physical environment in Minneapolis can facilitate positive human interactions and promote commerce, pedestrian activity, safety, and health. The city achieves this through urban design, which is the process of shaping and locating buildings, parks and open spaces, landscapes, streets and public art to make up the physical form, function, and feel of a city. The urban design of Minneapolis influences the city’s quality of life and environment. A well-integrated private and public realm can encourage street-level activity that supports public safety, facilitates foot traffic to support local retail businesses, and forms comfortable and appealing places that naturally become destinations for both Minneapolis residents and visitors from the region and beyond.
To achieve the goal of a high-quality physical environment, the City of Minneapolis will promote design for the built environment that is dynamic and durable, reflects the diversity of Minneapolis residents, and contributes to a sense of place and community identity. The City will also proactively improve the public realm, including streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces between buildings, to ensure that public spaces and private development are thoughtfully connected.
25 Policies relate to this goal. Click on a policy below to learn more about it.
Visual Quality of New Development
Pedestrian-Oriented Building and Site Design
Development Near METRO Stations
Public Safety Through Environmental Design
Open Spaces in New Development
Park Design and Programming
Tree Canopy and Urban Forest
Integration of Water Management into Development
Transportation and Equity
Business Districts and Corridors
Intrinsic Value of Properties
Stewarding Historic Properties
Heritage Preservation Outreach
Identify and Evaluate Historic Resources
Preserving and Enhancing Public Lakes and Waterways
Place-based Neighborhood Engagement