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Activist Groups Pursue Relaxing 2040 Regulations Under Guise of Affordable Housing

Updated: Jan 23

The City Planning Department is putting Zoning Code together to guide development based on the passed 2040 Plan. Certain groups like Streets.mn and Neighbors for More Neighbors are encouraging the City to increase density and eliminate development restrictions that are currently in place under 2040. 


They are targeting Interior 1, 2 and 3 residential neighborhoods. They are asking the City to increase building heights, reduce setbacks, eliminate minimum lot sizes and increase buildable area on a lot. They are unhappy that only three new triplexes were built in 2020 so they want to relax all the rules particularly in Interior 1, 2, and 3 as they feel those are the “whitest and wealthiest” neighborhoods in the city and the most exclusionary neighborhoods for affordable housing.  You can view the talking points they are taking to the public hearing on Monday here: 

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They want to remove any rules that add complexity or make the approval process hard to navigate. This is not to create more affordable housing, but to make it easier and more profitable for developers.  They don’t want any hearings for variances and conditional use permits either. They want to change zoning to add more units and buildings on city lots.  They are citing almost 14,000 lots so small in Minneapolis you would not be able to build on them under current draft regulations. Even though they are characterizing this array of “smaller” lots as a justification to eliminate minimum lot sizes, these can be built on if a variance is pursued. They want regulations removed in Interior 1, 2 and 3 even though citizens were told with 2040 “the expectation is that two and three family homes in low-density areas must meet the same height, setback, and massing requirements as single-family homes”(email from Jeremy Schroeder, CM for Ward 11, March 2019).


Do not let them go back on these promises.  We have to act now. 


Here are your options to speak up:


1) EMAIL: Please contact the Minneapolis Planning commission by email before their public hearing on Monday, November 9 – try to get your email in by noon.


Send your email to Planning Commission staff and 2040 contacts: