Visual Quality of New Development: Ensure a high-quality and distinctive physical environment in all parts of the city through building and site design requirements.
The design of new buildings is influenced by several factors, including the purpose and use of the building, its context, the architect’s approach, project budget, construction type, building code requirements, land use policy and zoning regulations, and stakeholder input. The City does not dictate architectural styles for new buildings, however through thoughtful and creative distribution of building massing and transitions, coupled with the application of building materials, and building openings such as doors and windows, the City can help ensure a high-quality and distinctive physical environment that advances the Minneapolis 2040 goals.
The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to ensure a high-quality and distinctive physical environment in all parts of the city through building and site design requirements.
- Allow and encourage a variety of architectural styles.
- On development sites encompassing most of or an entire block, encourage multiple buildings on the site to increase visual interest.
- Ensure that exterior building materials are durable, create a lasting addition to the built environment, and contribute positively to the public realm.
- Require that the appearance and materials of the rear and side walls of new buildings are similar to and compatible with the front of the building.
- Require adequate distribution of windows and architectural features in order to create visual interest.
- Develop regulations and guidelines that encourage creative design solution for transitions between varying intensities of building types and land uses.
- Apply design standards, guidance, and regulation consistently across the city regardless of market conditions or community characteristics.