2040 Comprehensive Plan: Final Draft Executive Summary
The City of Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan guides equitable growth in the city over the next 20 years. The plan covers topics such as housing, job access, land use, and how we use our streets. The City of Minneapolis is growing and changing, and the city cannot grow equitably in isolation. Minneapolis, along with every community in the metropolitan region, is tasked with this important process to provide for orderly, smart and equitable growth that not only makes sense for the city but also for the metropolitan region.
The Comprehensive Plan is based on 14 goals adopted by the City Council, including reducing disparities, providing access to affordable housing and living-wage jobs, creating a sustainable community, and remaining a healthy and diverse economic center.
The final draft of the plan is the product of a thoughtful two-year effort and integrates more than 10,000 public comments collected during the last four months of the community engagement period. This feedback made this plan stronger and more reflective of our community’s values. City staff heard a very wide spectrum of comments including many surrounding:
- Land use
- Affordable housing
- Community growth
- Educational programing
- Small business support
- Multi-generational and life cycle housing
- Public realm and public infrastructure needs
- Inter-jurisdictional relationships
The City made significant changes to the plan as a result of public input, which are shown in the marked-up version of the plan available at minneapolis2040.com. Highlights of these changes include:
- Addressing the many comments that expressed a lack of clarity in the language used in the first draft. The final draft attempts to clarify these provisions, define terms, and better organize some sections to create a more easily understandable document. For example, the City clarified the definition of the acronym AMI (AREA Median Income), which was used a number of times throughout the plan without explanation.
- Reducing the number of units allowable on a single-family lot to three following further analysis. These multi-unit buildings will need to fit within the setback, height, massing, and other requirements of single-family homes. The plan also recommends increasing design quality standards when the zoning code is updated. This change to the draft plan acknowledges physical constraints identified during the public comment period, while still accommodating the need for increased housing choice throughout the city.
- Addressing concerns raised about building heights along main high-frequency transit corridors. Two major changes include revisions for the areas north of Lowry Avenue and south of 38th Street. The plan was changed from allowing up to six-story buildings on main commercial corridors to allowing only four-story buildings. A major change was also made for the side of interior streets adjacent to those transit corridors (essentially buildings across the alley). The change will now allow 2.5 story buildings and not three stories as previously proposed. While these changes still allow for more density, aligning with the plan’s goals, they were made in response to public feedback that building heights in the first draft were too much of a departure from the current state.
- Responding to the need for more detail in the affordable housing chapter, which now is edited to be in congruence with citywide efforts to develop a strategic plan to create more affordable housing. The chapter now includes an enhanced narrative outlining the need for both additional housing supply and affordable housing, more definitions, and additional charts and action steps pertaining to affordable housing production, preservation and homelessness issues.
The final draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan was released on Sept. 24 for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council. Public comments can be submitted to the Planning Commission and City Council online at minneapolis2040.com. The interactive website provides opportunities to view either a marked-up or clean version of the plan segmented by topics. A clean version of the plan is available for download as a PDF document.
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Oct. 29, and the City Council will also hold a public hearing the week of Nov. 12. The City Council is expected to vote on the Comprehensive Plan in December before submitting the plan to the Metropolitan Council.