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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.
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.

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 energy efficient lighting fixture designs that are appropriate to street types andfor adjacent land uses, and that provides safe pedestrian friendly illumination, maximizes dark sky conditions, but minimizes 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, toare effectively placed, comply with zoning and industry illumination standards and avoid over-lighting.
  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 areas with high pedestrian traffic such as transit station areas.
  7. Update city zoning coderegulations to reflect best available practices related to dark skies and the environmental benefits of strategic lighting management.
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