UPDATE: City leaders approve Minneapolis 2040 plan

Updated: October 25, 2019 10:17 AM

The Minneapolis City Council voted to approve its 2040 plan, which is a framework for what the city could be and look like in the next 20 years.

Friday, members gave the final OK on the city's vision. Only one council member voted against the plan. Prior to Friday's vote, the Metropolitan Council and a city council committee gave the plan preliminary approval.

The 2040 plan addresses several issues, covering everything from employment to arts and culture. Those topics reflect the result of more than 20 years of engagement with people in Minneapolis.

City leaders say thousands of residents and business owners played a significant role in creating the plan.

"In some ways, this is really the beginning of our process to reach those commitments that we made to our constituents and all the people that got involved, thousands and thousands of comments, through that process which will continue into the future," Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said.

One of the plan's main goals is to allow for more housing options, especially in areas with access to mass transit, employment and other services.

However, not everyone agrees on how to make that happen.

The main change the plan calls for is bringing an end to single-family zoning restrictions.

However, opponents are concerned about the amount of re-zoning proposed in those neighborhoods.

City leaders said there were more than 100 meetings to discuss the plan, including talking with thousands of residents and business owners.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey issued the following statement after the vote Friday:

Minneapolis is leading the nation in the fight to create affordable housing and pushing back on 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. I commend my colleagues on the city council for approving the plan and look forward to continuing our good work together.

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