Close notification CLOSE

The public comment period is now closed. The draft plan is undergoing revisions, and a revised draft will be released in late September. Visit the FAQ page for more information on Minneapolis 2040.

POLICY 12

Lighting: Provide sufficient lighting on development sites and in the public realm, in a manner than ensures a comfortable environment, contributes to pedestrian safety, and conserves energy.

Target Field Station at Night
Light pole in downtown

Lighting is an important element in the urban environment. The quality and quantity of lighting affects public health, safety, comfort, productivity and economy. The City, along with other public partners, owns and maintains lighting in the public realm. Additionally, the City regulates lighting produced on private property, particularly in relation to impacts on surrounding uses. The overall goal is to create a safe, comfortable, and attractive environment for residents, businesses, and visitors.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to provide sufficient lighting on development sites and in the public realm, in a manner than ensures a comfortable environment, contributes to pedestrian safety, and conserves energy.

  1. Provide high-quality lighting fixture designs that are appropriate to street types and land use, and that provide pedestrian friendly illumination, but minimize glare and dark sky conditions, and other unnecessary light pollution.
  2. Encourage pedestrian scale lighting throughout neighborhoods as well as in areas such as waterfronts, pathways, parks and plazas, and designated historic districts.
  3. Ensure that all site lighting requirements and directional signs have appropriate illumination levels to comply with zoning and industry illumination standards.
  4. Integrate exterior building lighting design to attune with building designs and landscaping.
  5. Provide sufficient lighting for better way-finding and safe circulation within and around a development.
  6. Encourage additional pedestrian-scale, exterior lighting in growth centers, activity centers, commercial nodes, pedestrian overlay districts and transit station areas.
  7. Update city zoning code to reflect best available practices related to dark skies and the environmental benefits of strategic lighting management.
« Back to top