Minneapolis Residents Give Feedback on 2040 Comprehensive Plan to City Planners

October 29, 2018 10:19 PM

The first of two public meetings to address the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan was held Monday at City Hall.

More than 100 residents, both supporters and skeptics, expressed their views to the panel. Housing, development and jobs are on the line.


Residents were allowed two minutes to speak. Before the meeting, Janne Flisrand of Lowry Hill explained why she believes in shared space. She lives on Dupont Avenue South, owns a fourplex and uses one unit as her home and rents out the others. It's this kind of density proposed in the city's newly revised 2040 plan.

"We as a city welcome more neighbors. We're gonna make sure we build homes for those neighbors and be flexible on what those buildings look like," Flisrand said.

That might mean relaxing zoning codes citywide to allow most neighborhoods to create triplexes. City leaders realize housing is already in short supply, and that's before factoring in an expected population growth of 50,000 people over the next 20 years.

Yet, progressing from a draft plan to a final plan that generates a more diverse economy along with more places to live is dividing neighborhoods, as evidence at the public meeting. 

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"This plan has no guarantee to solve the housing crisis and create affordable housing. It's guaranteed to benefit developers," Debra Brown, who lives in southwest Minneapolis, said.

Some folks called on the Planning Commission to reconsider the second draft of the plan and make more changes before they finalize the future of Minneapolis.

"The public dissent on this proposal has been curated and ignored," said Colleen Kepler, a member on the Planning Commission. 

However, Ryan Brown said he was impressed by the outreach of planners to ethnic communities.

"I think the 2040 plan moves us in the right direction and in fact, I think there are parts that don't go far enough," Brown said.

The Planning Commission is also considering lowering the height of new buildings. A second public meeting takes place on Nov. 14. The full City Council will vote on the plan in December and then that goes to the Metropolitan Council. Any zoning changes would take place in 2019. 

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Beth McDonough

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