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The revised draft of Minneapolis 2040 was released in Fall 2018 for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council.  Read more about how to comment on the revised draft plan.

NOTE CONTENT CHANGES: In response to public input, the proposed content of this policy has changed since its original draft publication on March 22, 2018. To hide or view the mark-ups click the link below.

Landscaping: Require landscaping in conjunction with new development that complements its surroundings and enhances the built environment.

Planting outside production and processing building
Plants screening parking area
Native plants along sidewalk

A well-designed landscape will create and define spaces while softening the built environment. Landscaping provides beauty and visual interest, shade and environmental benefits, as well as screening and buffering of uses. It is important to consider the impact different types of plants and trees have on their surrounding environment, including their resilience to climate fluctuations, and their ability to be properly maintained. and how they will tolerate and impact their surrounding environment. Design and maintenance of the landscaped areas are important factors as well.


The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to require landscaping in conjunction with new development that complements its surroundings and enhances the built environment.

  1. In general,Encourage larger, well-placed, contiguous planting areas that create and define public and private spaces, and acknowledge the roles shall be preferred tosmaller, disconnected areas can play in supporting diverse ecologies.
  2. Encourage plant and tree types shouldthat complement the surrounding area, and should including a variety of species throughout the site, that include and seasonal interest. Species should be climate resilient, indigenous, or proven adaptable to the local climate and should not be invasive on native species.
  3. Promote landscaped areas shouldthat include plant and tree types that address ecological function, including the interception and filtration of stormwater, reduction of the urban heat island effect, and preservation and restoration of natural amenities.
  4. Require the maintenance of landscaped areas should be maintained in accordance with Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, to allow views into and out of the site, to preserve view corridors and to maintain sight lines at vehicular and pedestrian intersections.
  5. Encourage landscaping plans should be designed tothat facilitate future maintenance including the consideration ofthose that minimize the need for irrigation systems, utilize drought and salt-resistant species, and consider ongoing performance of storm water treatment practices, snow storage, access to sun, proximity to buildings, paved surfaces and overhead utilities.
  6. Encourage green roofs, living walls, and porous pavement, are encouraged butacknowledging that these practices are not meant to be a substitute for ground-level landscaping of sites as landscaping provides both a natural amenity and aesthetic beauty to the urban landscape.
  7. Encourage boulevard landscaping and improvements, in accordance with applicable City policies, are encouragedand regulations.
  8. Increase use of green infrastructure to enhance the attractiveness of the public realm and positively impact storm water management.
  9. Enforce maintenance of required landscaping.
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