Minneapolis votes to end single-family zoning as 2040 plan is approved

It passed by a vote of 10-1.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
Minneapolis skuline

Minneapolis City Council has voted to pass the contentious 2040 development plan that is expected to herald major changes in the city's residential neighborhoods over the next two decades.

The plan will bring an end to single-family zoning across the city, with triplexes now permitted to be built on land previously designated for single-family homes.

Property on frequent transit routes that are further from downtown will now be permitted to house multi-family units of between 1-4 stories, while those on transit routes closer to downtown can go 2-6 stories. Mandatory off-street parking for multi-family unit developments is also being abolished.

The plan was passed by a 10-1 vote in the council on Friday morning, with the zoning changes taking effect on Jan. 1.

The sole vote against it was Linea Palmisano, whose ward in the affluent southwest of the city has seen the most pushback against the plan.

Mayor Jacob Frey however said that the passage of the comprehensive plan will help the city boost affordable housing and tackle "intentional segregation in neighborhoods across our city."

"Our landmark 2040 Comprehensive Plan helps advance those goals by tackling our city’s long history of exclusionary zoning while laying the groundwork for stronger transit, climate, and inclusive development policies," he said.

"I commend my colleagues on the City Council for approving the plan and look forward to continuing our good work together."

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Supporters of the 2040 plan say it will not only increase affordable housing and reduce racial inequality, but increase transit use and reduce carbon emissions, as those looking for affordable property can stay in the city rather than look to the suburbs.

But the anti-2040 movement fears that it will irrevocably change the look of the city's residential areas, and argue that it's developers and corporations who stand to benefit from the loosening of zoning restrictions, as they have the money to buy up land and turn properties into rental units.

It also claims the policy is agist by prioritizing transit use, biking and walking over car use, saying that some have mobility issues that require the use of a personal vehicle.

You can find more details about the plan here.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 3.17.49 PM

No KAT? No D'Lo? No problem as Timberwolves defeat Pelicans

The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell, but still picked up a (SCORE) win.

Screen Shot 2021-01-23 at 7.53.44 PM

Spinouts, crashes across Twin Cities as snow gets heavier

There have been multiple incidents across the metro area.

Mason Branstrator

Family, friends raising funds for teen soccer standout with spinal injury

Mason Branstrator of Duluth was injured in a skiing accident.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Tributes pour in after MN Supreme Court justice's daughter found dead

Olivia Chutich died near the campus of Iowa State University.

Image from iOS (96)

Early Saturday fire damages Burger King in Richfield

The fire was reported around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. / Gopher Basketball

Maryland hands Gophers first home loss of season

The 17th-ranked Gophers fell to the Terrapins 63-49 on Saturday afternoon.

Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville.

Minnesota Department of Health files lawsuit against Alibi Drinkery

The Lakeville bar has been in the news for defying orders.

Iron Tap snowmobile delivery

This MN restaurant will deliver to your ice house... on a snowmobile

Just in case you work up an appetite fishing on Lake Waconia.

Klobuchar and Trump

Klobuchar reacts to report Trump plotted against his attorney general

The NYT story alleges further tactics to overturn the election.

Related

Screen Shot 2019-10-24 at 12.17.00 PM

City council set for final vote on Minneapolis 2040 plan

Council members will vote to ratify the comprehensive development plan on Friday.

Minneapolis 2040 land use

Minneapolis 2040: How will zoning change in your neighborhood?

The comprehensive development plan was approved on Friday.

Minneapolis 2040 development plan is voted through by city council

It'll now be submitted to the Metropolitan Council.

Ben Carson

HUD Secretary Ben Carson backs Minneapolis 2040 housing plan

He was in Minneapolis to talk up the Trump administration's housing policies.

Minneapolis approves new tower despite objections over rooftop sign

City planners had objected to a request for a sign at the top of the skyscraper.

Minneapolis makes changes, releases final draft of 2040 plan

The plan has raised concerns about development density.

Upper Harbor Terminal

Despite opposition, Minneapolis approves North amphitheater concept

Residents of North Minneapolis say their views have been ignored during the process.