Minneapolis may soon allow duplexes and triplexes citywide. The City Council will take a final vote on the Minneapolis 2040 plan in the coming weeks, also voting on a change to allow three units inside the dimensions of a single-family home and a measure to add affordable housing as part of new development. All could become effective as soon as Jan. 1, said Council President Lisa Bender (Ward 10).
The 2040 plan sets a sweeping policy agenda, touching everything from pursuing racial equity (by reducing evictions) to ending traffic injuries (by reducing speed limits). More housing capacity would aim to absorb a population that’s predicted to grow from an estimated 428,483 in 2018 to 485,000 by 2040.
Joining actions focused on affordable housing and renter protections, the zoning amendment to allow duplexes and triplexes in every single-family neighborhood is one of the first changes the city would formally adopt under Minneapolis 2040. That’s a starting point because so much of the city is devoted to single-family homes, creating a wide discrepancy between the old and new comprehensive plans, said Jason Wittenberg, Minneapolis code development manager.
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