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Sun Sets on Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

After losing a court battle with environmental groups, the city must revert to the land use regulations in its 2030 plan.

November 7, 2023 - Bring Me the News

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Minneapolis Affordable Housing Project Largest in 20 Years

The city opened its first large multifamily affordable housing complex in decades, but a recent court ruling against the Minneapolis 2040 rezoning plan could jeopardize future projects.

September 29, 2023 - Minnesota Public Radio

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Environmental Groups Win Court Battle Against the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

A court ruling invalidated one of the most innovative comprehensive plans in recent memory, and now the city of Minneapolis must revert to its previous comprehensive plan.

September 6, 2023 - Star Tribune


Judge Blocks Minneapolis 2040 Implementation, Citing Lack of Environmental Review

Environmentalists have used the power of the legal system to protect the car-centric status quo of single-family zoning once again, overturning a landmark planning innovation in Minneapolis.

June 21, 2022 - MPR News

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Mapping Injustice Project Receives Grant to Fight Housing Inequality

A 'transformative' grant will help a University of Minnesota think tank foster conversations to address structural housing inequality in Minneapolis.

December 30, 2021 - Continuum


Inclusionary Zoning Set for Council Vote in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan has attracted so much attention for its changes to single-family zoning, the inclusionary zoning recommended by the plan has flown under the radar.

December 3, 2019 - StarTribune

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Watch: The Effort to End Single-Family Zoning in Minneapolis, Explained

PBS NewsHour devoted a ten-minute news segment to the subject of the avant-garde of urban planning: the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan.

December 2, 2019 - PBS NewsHour

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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.

November 11, 2019 - StarTribune

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Opinion: End of Single-Family Zoning Won’t Solve Minneapolis' Housing Problems

Even as density increases in Minneapolis, affordable housing is not going to be accessible to the people who need it, according to an article by James S. Russell.

October 8, 2019 - Architectural Record

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Tempering the Expectations for the Minneapolis 2040 Plan

The ability of the landmark Minneapolis 2040 plan, which adds density in various forms all over the city, to solve the cities climbing housing prices and growing lack of affordable housing, might have been exaggerated.

June 7, 2019 - MinnPost

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YIMBYs Leading the Pro-Density Fight

Minneapolis has become an inspiration to other cities about how to successfully challenge NIMBY factions that oppose density and zoning reform.

June 1, 2019 - Grist

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Environmental Lawsuit Against Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan Tossed by Judge

The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds, and Smart Growth Minneapolis sued Minneapolis on environmental grounds after the city approved its landmark Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

May 5, 2019 - Star Tribune

10-Story Apartment Project Tests the Limits of Minneapolis' New Comprehensive Plan

A proposed development in Minneapolis would add affordable units in exchange for extra height. A neighborhood group worries about the precedent the project would set.

January 30, 2019 - Star Tribune

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Putting a Bow on Top of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The City Council overcame a last minute legal challenge to approve the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan late last week.

December 10, 2018 - Star Tribune

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Updated: Last Minute Opposition to Minneapolis 2040 From Environmental Groups

A coalition of opposition groups claims that density is bad for the environment, and that the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan should be stopped.

December 6, 2018 - Star Tribune


6 Ways the Minneapolis 2040 Plan Changed

Any aambitious plan will have to change on its way to adoption. The Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan not only kept many of its core ambitions intact through the political process, but expanded them.

November 30, 2018 - MinnPost

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Minneapolis 2040 Expected to Pass After Adjustments

One of the most ambitious comprehensive plans of a major city in the United States is headed to approval, after amendments and compromises garnered the necessary political support among city councilmembers.

November 25, 2018 - Star Tribune

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Mapping the Ambitious Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

A parcel-by-parcel map of zoning changes included in the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan.

October 15, 2018 - Star Tribune

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Triplexes Replace Fourplexes in Revised Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Minneapolis planners have released a revise draft of the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan, cutting back on some of the plan's most controversial aspects, but still maintaining an ambitiously urban approach.

October 1, 2018 - MinnPost

Twin Cities

City Planning Criticism at a Critical Point in Minneapolis History

A columnist presents criticisms and recommendations for both sides of the density debate as Minneapolis considers a new comprehensive plan.

July 30, 2018 - Star Tribune

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