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Minneapolis makes changes, release final draft of controversial 2040 plan

The plan has raised concerns about development density.

It's Friday afternoon on the day of a Supreme Court hearing, so obviously this is the time that Minneapolis releases the final draft of its 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

The plan seeks to reduce economic, housing and safety disparities, boost access to affordable housing, and help the city grow more sustainably over the next 20 years.

But the initial draft of the plan prompted thousands of comments and a lawn sign campaign in opposition, as it laid out a foundation to allow fourplexes be built on single-family home lots across the city, and the erection of residential buildings of up to 6 stories along transit routes.

The final version of the draft, compiled after months of feedback, makes some significant changes to the original including the following:

1. The number of units allowed on most single-family lots has been reduced from 4 to 3, and these buildings will be no taller than 2 1/2 stories. 

"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," the city says.

2. Building heights on transit corridors north of Lowry Avenue and south of 38th Street will be reduced from 6 stories to 4 stories.

3. The height of houses on the streets adjacent to transit corridors will be reduced from a maximum of 3 stories to 2 1/2 stories.

The final draft also clarifies certain features that were confusing in the first draft, as well as providing more detail about its plans for affordable housing, including action steps relating to building and preserving affordable homes, and tackling homelessness.

You can read the updated version here.

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