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Amendments to the Minneapolis Zoning Code

The Minneapolis zoning code is the City’s primary tool for regulating land uses and implementing the policies of the comprehensive plan. The zoning code is continuously evolving for a variety of reasons, which include, but are not limited to, complying with state law or other public agency requirements, ensuring consistency with adopted plans, responding to changing market conditions and development patterns, and simplifying and streamlining City processes.

Process for initiating and reviewing zoning code amendments

Zoning code text amendments are proposed (or “introduced”) by members of the City Council. Amendments are prioritized through a workplan developed by CPED and adopted by the City Council. City staff in CPED’s Code Development Team are responsible for researching zoning code text amendments and preparing draft language to present to policymakers. All zoning code changes are developed and reviewed through the following process in order to be adopted into the City’s code of ordinances.

Amendment Initiated
  • At a City Council meeting, a City Council member provides notice of intent to introduce an ordinance change.
  • Subject matter is introduced at a City Council meeting one cycle after notice of intent has been provided. This step outlines the subject of the proposed ordinance and indicates which ordinance chapters may be changed.
  • The ordinance change is referred to CPED for analysis, typically by the City Council’s Zoning & Planning Committee
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Staff Research
  • City staff conducts research and analyzes options.
  • Peer city comparisons.
  • City Planning Commission discussion at Committee of the Whole.
  • Draft amendment language proposed. Internal and external feedback is received and considered.
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Formal Adoption Process
  • A staff report is drafted and specific ordinance text is proposed and posted on the City Planning Commission’s web site.
  • The City Planning Commission holds a public hearing, considers public feedback, and makes a recommendation to the City Council.
  • The City Council’s Zoning & Planning Committee reviews the ordinance and makes a recommendation to the full City Council.
  • The City Council acts on the proposed ordinance.
  • Mayoral signature.
  • The ordinance amendment is published, which is the effective date of the regulations. The ordinance change becomes part of the City’s code of ordinances.
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Minneapolis 2040 

Municipalities in the Twin Cities area are required to provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated comprehensive plan every 10 years. The City’s new comprehensive plan, Minneapolis 2040, took effect on January 1, 2020. In the coming years the City will make a series of amendments to the zoning code’s text and maps to implement the policies of this new plan, as required by state statute. Ordinance changes allowing duplexes and triplexes in Minneapolis’ lowest-density residential areas took effect on January 1st. In addition, an inclusionary zoning ordinance, requiring affordable units in most new residential developments, also took effect on January 1st. More information about these ordinances, as well as other proposed and recently-adopted changes, can be found below.

Proposed Amendments

The following amendments are currently under review by City staff or by the City Planning Commission, Zoning & Planning Committee, and/or City Council. All media inquiries should be directed to the City of Minneapolis Communications Department.

Adopted Amendments

Amendments Adopted in 2019

 Amendments Adopted Prior to 2019

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For all media inquiries, contact the City of Minneapolis Communications Department

To ask questions or to provide comments about a specific amendment, please contact the assigned staff. For general questions, please contact Jason Wittenberg, Manager of Code Development. 

Last updated Jan 17, 2020

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