Why have zoning at all in Minneapolis?

Whether pre-2040 or post-2040 the developers get all the variances and Conditional Use Permits they need. Given the City's propensity to push actual zoning code aside, developers are emboldened to push the envelope even more. Nowhere is this more evident than a new project planned for the Marcy Holmes neighborhood.

In a letter from this neighborhood, they describe the situation:

Please contact Minneapolis City Council members about a proposal that depends upon amending the newly adopted 2040 Plan. The City of Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan Update was intended to provide all stakeholders with clear guidelines that would reduce the need for variances and rezoning. The City Council approval of this proposal would set a troubling precedent.

CA Ventures is requesting the City Council grant extraordinary exceptions to build a 25-story, mixed-use market rate tower on more than half of a city block, bordering the Dinkytown Commercial Historic District. Specifically, the developer wants the City Council to:

• amend the 2040 Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan from Corridor 6 to Transit 20, which would require adjacent jurisdiction review and Metropolitan Council approval;

• rezone a half block;

• grant a variance that would increase the maximum floor area ratio from 3.78 to 8.13;

• grant a conditional use permit to increase the maximum height allowed from 4 stories to 25 stories

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association has asked the developer to offer a proposal that honors the 2040 plan, and the developer has so far refused. The developer has not yet submitted the project to the city. It’s important to contact City Council members now, while they are still able to comment on the project.

Please contact City Council members to express how troubling this is. The list of contacts can be found here.