Minneapolis Officially Ends Single-Family Zoning; Change to Take Effect January 1

The end of single-family zoning, a key component of a comprehensive plan adopted last year in Minneapolis, has now been set in code.

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November 11, 2019, 2:00 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Minneapolis, Minnesota

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"The Minneapolis City Council on Friday voted unanimously to allow duplexes and triplexes in low-density residential neighborhoods, eliminating single-family zoning that had been in place for decades," reports. Miguel Otárola.

The vote was necessary to implement perhaps the headlining feature of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, approved by the Minneapolis City Council a year ago.

"The change eliminates the 'single-family district' category from the city’s zoning districts. New triplexes would still have to follow the same height, setback and building requirements of single-family homes and duplexes," explains Otárola. The change will take effect January 1.

The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan also recently became the key exemplar in a familiar debate about the environmental impacts of density between two opinion writers: Michael Krantz and Keith Olstad.

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